Irbit, Russia, April 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- What do you think of when you hear the word Siberia? A bitterly cold, desolate landscape populated only by wolves, bears and the occasional Gulag full of exiled criminals? Fair enough. To American, Jenna Delp, and Brit, Robert Northover, however, the word Siberia brings to mind only one thing: The Ultimate Adventure.
The two friends met in Russia in 2010 while participating in The Mongol Rally, a transcontinental adventure put on by UK-based organization, The Adventurists that dares nearly 500 teams from around the world to take laughably unsuitable vehicles from London to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Piloting two of the most comically unfit vehicles ever to take on the rally (a Citroen Saxo powered by pure vegetable oil, and a Honda 125 dirt bike, respectively) Jenna and Rob were clearly an adventuring match from the word go. In January 2012 they tackled a new challenge, taking an Autorickshaw 2500km across India as a part of The Adventurists’ Rickshaw Run. They are now gearing up for what promises to be the most dangerous and demanding adventure to date as they prepare to tackle the February 2013 Ice Run as team: A View 2 A Chill.
The Adventurists themselves describe their newest exploit thusly: “Two weeks of riding wildly unreliable machines up frozen rivers and winter roads to the arctic circle in the depths of a Siberian winter.” 2013 will see Jenna and Rob gather alongside 29 other teams from around the world to take on the challenge in the Ice Run’s second ever outing; piloting classic Ural motorbikes with sidecars from Irbit to Salekhard. “We’re really excited to take on a true physical and mental challenge,” Jenna exclaims. “Not to say that the Mongol Rally or the Rickshaw Run were easy, but the Ice Run requires discipline on a whole other level. The weather alone could do us in if we don’t keep our wits about us!” Rob adds.
As was the case with The Mongol Rally and the Rickshaw Run, the Ice Run is as much about charity as it is about adventure. Jenna and Rob are already hard at work raising money for two important organizations: Operation Smile, and The Brad Delp Foundation. “Operation Smile is the official charity of the Ice Run and it’s an amazing organization dedicated to bringing smiles back to the faces of children born with facial deformities all around the world,” says Rob. “The Brad Delp Foundation is obviously close to my heart, as the founder and President,” Jenna chimes in. Set up after the passing of her father, lead singer of the 70’s Super-group BOSTON, The Brad Delp Foundation is dedicated to carrying on his memory by supporting programs that help keep music education alive both inside and outside of school.