The Siberian Express – Ray Zahab, Kevin Vallely 

Ray Zahab, Kevin Vallely
March 1, 2010
Slyudyanka, Russia
March 13, 2010
Nizhneangarsk, Russia

On March 13, 2010 Ray Zahab and Kevin Vallely made it!
They had run and trekked across the frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia in record time traversing the 640km frozen surface of the oldest, deepest lake in the world in 13 days 16 hours, bettering the previous mark by over a week.
Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds more fresh water than three of the largest North American, Great Lakes combined.

Ray and Kevin ran to raise awareness of the worldwide scarcity of clean water and inspire young people to push beyond their perceived limitations. 

“We contoured our way around pressure ridges and jumbled ice to average over 50-kms per day all the time pulling sleds weighing 55-kgs.”
They duo covered ca 25-35 miles a day, sleeping four to five hours a night, battling snowstorms and consuming freeze-dried meals of spaghetti and chicken tikka.

Any school, student or interested individual could join the expedition “at no charge” by following along on this interactive website.
World water issues were addressed including the history, chemistry, biology and culture of water and its life-giving properties and the central role it plays in all cultures and civilizations. The goal was to raise enough funding to complete 2 clean drinking water projects in support of Ryan’s Well Foundation and to help combat the world water crisis.

“We faced raging winds and snowstorms that clawed at us as we moved and hammered us we slept. The humidity was so severe that by the middle of the journey, our sleeping bags, along with all our clothes and gear, were soaking wet. The temps dove down to -40C and drained the life out of the batteries in our electronics. We still maintained our 1:00 a.m. web updates with students back home though. Connecting with the kids was the reason we were out there and it inspired us to push even harder. What an adventure!!”

Connect with The Siberian Express – Ray Zahab, Kevin Vallely


User email *
Password *
User email *
Password *
Last Page

Get listed for the Global Running Adventures Award

Are you an adventure seeking runner who has completed a self made project or is eager to start one?

Submit this 3-minute application to qualify for a FREE profile page, including your bio, achievements, past/upcoming adventure, story and cause.

Wanna give people an opportunity to participate in your exciting running project or expedition-like adventure?
Here's your chance to share it with the world for free!

You qualify for the FREE Profile Page if you meet the following criteria:

  • you have a self supported running project completed, in the making or are planning to start one
  • your project will support a good cause that relates to you personally
  • you need media, sponsors and a network to get all the possible support to succeed
  • you're enthusiastic and motivated to realize your goals! 

Just a few questions to get a better picture;-)
I'll read and respond to each and every application, and I'll get back to you within a few days.

What do you apply for? *
Who do you want to nominate? *
please fill in their name
What is the email of the person you nominate? *
please fill in their email
Fill required fields
Your name *
Your email *
Fill required fields
Stage running journey *
if you nominate someone else fill in for him/her
Fill required fields
Adventure start date *
you can change it later if you're not sure yet
Adventure finish date *
you can change it later if you're not sure yet
Fill required fields
Name of adventure *
you can change it later if you're not sure yet
Adventure description *
give a short description of your adventure idea
Where did/will the adventure take place *
you can change it later if you're not sure yet
Fill required fields
Link to adventure resources
you can fill in your website or any other resource
Why (did) you want to do this? *
give a short description of the reason for your adventure
Link to cause
you can fill in a website of a charity or any other resource
Fill required fields
Are you interested in any of these forms of partnership? *
Get full exposure to your niche for 100+ days, resulting in real long lasting relations and leads.
Do you know anyone who might be interested in partnering?
Please fill in their name and email.
When someone applies you both get a free Award event ticket:-)
Anything else you like to share?
here you can share/ask additional info about the application