On the 15th of December 2006, along with his running partner, David Grier, Braam became the first person to run the entire length of the Great Wall of China - that's over 4200km! This run broke several endurance records - 98 days of running a full marathon per day - in addition to being a world first! Braam's epic journey across the Gobi Desert, into the mountains of north China, and down to the Yellow Sea, was also a vehicle for raising money for Operation Smile.
This charity facilitates reconstructive surgery for impoverished children born with facial deformities, such as cleft palates. Several surgeries took place while he was running.
Braam and David have been named the 2006 “Out There” magazine Adventurers of the Year’, beating out other legendary international adventurers such as Mike Horn for the title.
Braam is in the process of completing his book and a documentary. His book will focus on his experience from a motivational and personal development point-of-view. He is currently in negotiation with international film producers
and broadcasters for the rights to this awesome epic.
As well as an endurance athlete, environmentalist and humanitarian (specifically youth development), Braam is an energetic and accomplished speaker – with a story not to be missed!
Braam and David have just finished the Cipla Spar Miles for Smiles Coastal Challenge which saw them run a distance of 3 500km around the foot of Africa in the name of charity!
Every cent raised through the challenge will go to Operation Smile South Africa, an organisation that provides free reconstructive surgery for children suffering from facial deformities, particularly cleft lips and palates.
The Coastal Challenge started on 1 July from Oranjemund in Namibia, and concluded on the 8th of October 2008. Forty-eight year old Grier and 50 year old Malherbe ran 45km a day for 6 days a week, in the shape of a smile as they made their way around Africa's southern coastline to Ponto D'Ouro in Mozambique.
Most of their route saw the pair travel along South Africa's coastline. Speaking to the Cape Times Malherbe said, "Because of all the negative feelings and the bad economy, we wanted to focus our challenge around our home country - for inspiration and to let people know that anything is possible."