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RACE DIRECTOR

Sue Rudolph

Sue first laced up her shoes and began running in 1978. It wasn’t until 1982 that running a few miles per day had become habit, and that same year, she tried her hand at her first 5k and full marathon…after a long run of five miles.

Over the next few years, she ran numerous marathons in just over three hours. After a major foot injury took her out for some time, her road to recovery included trail running, which sparked a passion that would guide her running career from then on.  This ignited a streak of trail and ultra runs, ranging anywhere from 26.2 miles to 50 miles. One hundred of these 50-mile races later, finishing around 8:48, she had finished among the top three women in nearly all of them.

She has run nearly all major-city marathons in the U.S., however priority races were still out on the trails, and she completed her favorite race, the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run four times. Then, in 1992, she finally got to run her “dream race”: the Western States 100. She finished in 29 hours.

She ran the Squaw Valley 50k for the fifth time, Baldy Peaks 50k 2.5 times, and another Grand Canyon run, finishing top five and grabbing personal bests in each of them. 1995 brought another foot injury, and racing would take a back seat until 2003, when she decided to go global. She conquered Trail marathons, 50k’s, and 50 milers in Spain, South Africa, Sydney, Jordan, New Zealand, and on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She is now the leading travel expert for running tours to many of these countries.

 She has since joined a cycling team and tried a few triathlons, and plans on completing a half IRONMAN and numerous endurance bike rides to supplement her running. In 2015, she is added “Race Director” to her name as she launched the Kenya Wildlife Marathon and Australian Wildlife Marathon, where all proceeds go to help wildlife. Sue is a force to be reckoned with out on the trails, but hopes to inspire and help others run their dream races all over the world.


TOUR ORGANIZER/GUIDE AND ASSISTANT RACE DIRECTOR

       Garry Sundin

 Garry is from Sydney, Australia and is Managing Director/ Expedition Manager with Orangutan Odysseys.    He has always had a keen interest in animals. After traveling to Central Borneo to see the orangutans on a fundraiser tour he organized, he was struck by the devastation and significant problems that were facing the orangutans, other animals, the rainforests and the indigenous peoples. After additional similar tours he decided he wanted to dedicate more time and effort towards raising much needed funds to support the conservation NGOs along with increasing awareness around the world . Hence the eco-tourism company ‘Orangutan Odysseys’, was born and its mission to “Save the Environment through Tourism” was created.  He organizes responsible eco-friendly tours across Borneo and Sumatra. These allow people from around the world to experience observing orangutans both in the wild and in conservation areas. He spends considerable time traveling throughout the various regions of Indonesia and Malaysia to find new and exciting locations where we can organize new tours that will allow guests a unique and exciting adventure. This includes meeting with local tourism groups and the non-profit conservation teams working in these areas to discuss the best methods for introducing tourism that can educate, compliment and benefit the existing conditions. He continually work on new ideas and tours that will further help to raise the funds and awareness that is needed for us to succeed in our mission.  What Garry likes best about his job is he gets to trek through jungles, cruise up rivers and see some of the most magnificent animals and environments that exist on earth. He has been very fortunate to be given opportunities to get to know the many fantastic dedicated people who are working so hard, under difficult circumstances, to save the orangutans and rainforests. They really do inspire him. He greatly enjoys the chance to experience visiting and watching the orangutans, elephants, and an amazing array of wildlife and exploring new places where few people have ever ventured.      

Garry is from Sydney, Australia and is Managing Director/ Expedition Manager with Orangutan Odysseys.  

He has always had a keen interest in animals. After traveling to Central Borneo to see the orangutans on a fundraiser tour he organized, he was struck by the devastation and significant problems that were facing the orangutans, other animals, the rainforests and the indigenous peoples. After additional similar tours he decided he wanted to dedicate more time and effort towards raising much needed funds to support the conservation NGOs along with increasing awareness around the world . Hence the eco-tourism company ‘Orangutan Odysseys’, was born and its mission to “Save the Environment through Tourism” was created.

He organizes responsible eco-friendly tours across Borneo and Sumatra. These allow people from around the world to experience observing orangutans both in the wild and in conservation areas. He spends considerable time traveling throughout the various regions of Indonesia and Malaysia to find new and exciting locations where we can organize new tours that will allow guests a unique and exciting adventure. This includes meeting with local tourism groups and the non-profit conservation teams working in these areas to discuss the best methods for introducing tourism that can educate, compliment and benefit the existing conditions. He continually work on new ideas and tours that will further help to raise the funds and awareness that is needed for us to succeed in our mission.

What Garry likes best about his job is he gets to trek through jungles, cruise up rivers and see some of the most magnificent animals and environments that exist on earth. He has been very fortunate to be given opportunities to get to know the many fantastic dedicated people who are working so hard, under difficult circumstances, to save the orangutans and rainforests. They really do inspire him. He greatly enjoys the chance to experience visiting and watching the orangutans, elephants, and an amazing array of wildlife and exploring new places where few people have ever ventured.