Prince Harry Announces South Pole Trek Alongside Wounded Servicemen And Women
On Thursday, the 28-year-old confirmed that he will be taking part in a 208-mile race as part of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, set to kick off in November.
Harry will trek alongside a team comprised of seriously injured former British servicemen and women, officially called Team Glenfiddich.
“Ladies and gentlemen, these men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause. That they should once again step into the breach -- this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole -- just underlines their remarkable qualities,” the royal said at the launch event, held at London’s Mandarin Hotel. [via Sky News].
Harry and company will compete against teams from Canada, Australia and the U.S. during the four-week race.
“It just remains for me to say to Soldier On Canada, Soldiers To Summits from the US and Solider On Australia -- welcome to the party. As a member of the British team, I will have a brew ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”
The prince competed in the same charity’s race to the North Pole in 2011, but dropped out early to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Harry also missed out on 2012’s Mount Everest race due to military work.
“The format may be different. The scale is certainly different,” Harry said of South Pole trek. “But the aim remains the same -- to enable our wounded to do what they and all other servicemen and women do better than anyone else I know -- meet a challenge head-on and overcome it and inspire others to do the same.”
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