A well known extreme endurance runner had to be rescued by the US Coastguard during his latest unusual mission.
42 year old Reza Baluchi was planning to run over 1000 miles from the USA to the island of Bermuda. How was he going to achieve this unbelievable task you might ask? In a “Hydro Pod,” a huge inflatable bubble powered by his legs.
But alas, the mission was not to be and Baluchi was forced to signal for help just 70 miles into his journey and ask to be rescued after severe exhaustion set in.
The human hamster built the hydro pod bubble himself out of metal and and soccer balls. To power it, he would run back and forth inside the pod.
While on his journey, Baluchi would sleep from 6am to 9am on a hammock inside the bubble. He would then run for as long as he could until he became too hot, at which point he would jump into the sea to cool off. A leash attached to his ankle prevented the bubble from floating away.
The reason for this bizarre mission was to raise money for Plant Unity, an organisation that helps children get basic living needs and an education.
Article written by Charlotte