Ray Zahab - Expedition Runner
Ray is a Canadian Adventurer, Ultra Distance Runner and Founder of non-profit impossible2Possible. A recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, Ray is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. In 2015 Canadian Geographic recognized Ray as one of Canada's Top Explorers.
After completing a 111 day, 7500km run across the Sahara Desert in 2007, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to support impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization he founded that inspires and educates youth through adventure learning, inclusion and participation in expeditions, using virtual technology. National Geographic tracked the Sahara expedition by web, as well as the documentary film "Running The Sahara", was produced by Matt Damon, in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa. Ray has gone on to complete multiple expeditions all over the world, running over 14,000kms across the world's deserts- a complete list can be found at www.rayzahab.com/about
Ray speaks internationally at events such as 'The Economist Magazine", World Affairs Council, TED, the Royal Geographical Society and multiple corporate events. Ray recently hosted the reality based television series The Project Guatemala, and has appeared on Jay Leno, The Hour, CNN, BBC, Discovery and many other networks. He has written two books, and continues as a volunteer with impossible2Possible. Ray is passionate about utilizing the latest technology and visual capabilities to connect his expeditions with classrooms and living rooms all over the world, his goal to inspire others to take on adventures of their own!