Q&A

i2P Q/A

We welcome questions concerning our i2P Expedition to India 2011 from everyone! If you have questions for Ray & the i2P team about their expedition or the biodiversity educational program please submit them. We are also happy to entertain questions about i2P Expedition to India Challenge, the education component of our program, or any other i2P activity.

Submit your questions and have the i2P expedition team answer them now and from India! The expedition begins November 26th 2011. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can.




Answered questions:

Question Answer
See any elephants yet?!

Bridget Beury,

Youth Ambassadors:

Not yet! But we have seen a lot of elephant tracks, and we hope to see some elephants in the Okavango Delta. ~ Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Why do people in Botswana have to filter their water?

Kyla,
Millard Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:

The most important reason to filter your water is to remove pathogens and other unwanted suspended solids, such as dirt. ~ Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Why is water in Botswana dirty of It comes for the tap?

Emily,
Maillard

Youth Ambassadors:

This is because not all water is filtered appropriately before it is put into the tap in the first place. Filters can be expensive and difficult to construct and maintain, and therefore not all villages are able to have them. - Breana



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What is the strangest animal you have come across

Megan,
Drexler Intermediate Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:

Certainly the freakiest animal we've seen is the camel spider! They're large and tan with beady little black eyes. We've seen several around the camp. - Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Have any animals ever come after or attacked you?

Katie,
Drexler Middle Intermediate School

Youth Ambassadors:

The animals which have regularly come after us are the scorpions and the camel spiders at camp! They like to hide under the tarps of the tents. - Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What/who is your own personal motivation while running? What makes you smile while making the impossible possible? PS. Cannot tell you how proud I am of you all, you're doing amazing! :)

Ashley Hassard,
University Of Toronto

Youth Ambassadors:

Truthfully, the kids with whom we video conference are really inspiring, they're what got me through my tough times during the runs. Also Ray is a huge inspiration; his words of advice and wisdom really do ring true when you need them the most. Thanks so much for following, Ashley! - Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What are some of the new learning you gain from being part of the expedition, learning which you cannot get in the classroom?

Siti Nurwati,
Shuqun Sec School

Youth Ambassadors:

Among other amazing moments, we were able to experience the culture of the Bushmen! There was so much to learn them; for example, they don't waste ANYTHING. We could learn a lot from them. -Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What do the runners eat during the day for breakfast and lunch?

Brittany,
Drexler Middle/Intermediate School

Youth Ambassadors:

For breakfast, we've been eating the delicious bush bread our cook makes, along with grits, oatmeal, and/or cereal. And Ray's famous coffee, of course!



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
How much water does the average person consume in Botswana ?

Ms. Adam's Advisory class,
Symmes Junior High

Youth Ambassadors:

On average, they drink roughly 3 to 4 liters a day. Most of us drank a little more than that when we got here, but after a few days we all drank about that much during the day. Ms Rossi says hi! _ Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Hi Hannah, do you have to speak African when you order your food?

Donny McSayers,
Fish Hoek Remedial Shool

Youth Ambassadors:

Hannah's running right now, but she told us she understands Africaans pretty well! But none of us speak Setswana, the language of Botswana. -Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What are the top 10 necessities in life?

Ahmad,
Mallard Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:
We'll discuss this answer this with you on the Wednesday call!! We hope you will send in your top 10 list in to jthoms@impossible2possible.com by Tuesday! - Marie

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
In Botswana, how often do they water flowers that they are trying to grow?

Nicole,
Maillard Middle

Youth Ambassadors:
They don't water their plants. They wait for the rainy season to come. Flowers donít grow during the dry season and so they only bloom when it rains. -Hannah

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
How do you know the water is clean ?

Moe,
Millard Middle

Youth Ambassadors:
Unless you are able to test the water for contaminents then you can not be sure that it is drinkable. So it is important to filter your water and treat for pathogens. - Breanna

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
What kinda of flowers do they have in Botswana?

Nicole,
Maillard Middle

Youth Ambassadors:
There are a lot more flowers now because it is the rainy season. We've seen many low lying flowers including the flaming lilly. - Saskia

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
What are 10 necessities for basic needs ?

Colton,
Maillard

Youth Ambassadors:
We'll discuss this answer this with you on the Wednesday call!! We hope you will send in your top 10 list in to jthoms@impossible2possible.com by Tuesday! - Marie

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
Do you like pie?

Melinda Howard ,

Youth Ambassadors:
I love pie!!! I will eat a whole one when I get home!!! - Marie

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
What has been the greatest challenge you have faced so far?

Environment & Resource Mgt students,
Bell High School Nepean ON Canada

Youth Ambassadors:
Mental and physical fatigue! - Marie

Answered on: Monday November 5 2012
What does this expedition do to your bodies? How do you feel after the running?

Natalie Hampton,
Mirman School

Emma Cook-Clarke:
It takes a toll on the body and eventually everything aches and hurts but you keep pushing.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many people do the run?

Brayden,
Trailblazer Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
Four Youth Ambassadors and two guides that follow us.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Did you really go to India?

Maggie,
Trailblazer

Youth Ambassadors:
Yes. We are presently enjoying the country.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Does anyone get hurt?

Sebastian,
Trailblazer Elementary

Jessica Kenny:
Yes. We have all had injuries but some are more serious.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many miles do you run?

Sebastian,
Trailblazer Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
180 miles!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many miles have you run?

Caleb,
Trailblazer Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
180 miles!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How hot is it?

kaitlyn,
Trailblazer Elemetray School

Youth Ambassadors:
35 degrees Celsius.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Are you guys ever going to run again?

daja,
Trailblazer Elementry

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
Absolutely!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How do people in India go to the doctor?

Advisory 111,
Symmes Junior High

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
They have a choice of going to a private or public hospital in cities or towns but in villages they mostly go to public hospitals. You should check out our educational video on this topic!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
I hope you do great on your run, Its really cold in America, We will be watching you!!!

Jack ,
Trailblazer Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
Thanks!!!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
what kind of animals have you seen so far on your trek?

Aaron Black,
American Academy Charter School

Youth Ambassadors:
Cows, camels, sheep, goats, ox, peacocks, deer, antelope, snakes and dogs.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What kind of obstacles have you encountered on the journey so far?

Sutter,
American Academy

Youth Ambassadors:
injuries are a big obstacle. The support team is always there!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How do you get and transport supplies?

Owen,
American Academy

Patrick Doughty:
We have 5 support vehicles plus a big truck that carries much of the supplies.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Where in India is Jaipur?

Arya,

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
It is the capital of Rajasthan.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Is it hard doing more than a mile everyday in the desert?

Tanner Griffin,
American Academy

Youth Ambassadors:
Yes, we actually do 20-30 miles everyday!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What is the worst sickness you have seen?

Collin Romero,
American Academy Elementry

Youth Ambassadors:
We have not seen any.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Is there deadly wildlife in Jaipur?

Luke,
American Academy

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
No, it is a city with no forest around so there is not much wildlife that exists.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What is the most dangerous animal you have seen?

Kate, Owen, Audrey,
American Academy

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
Poisonous snakes and a buffalo that chased Jessica!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What was your motivation for this expedition? Why?

Alayna,
American Academy

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
To see how far I could go and experience the limits of mental and physical ability.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What types of food are you eating? I know that good nutrition is important since you are running.

Peyton,
American Academy

Emma Cook-Clarke:
Mostly Indian food which is amazing.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many gallons/liters dose the team have to drink per day

Aiden,
American Academy

Emma Cook-Clarke:
We have to drink about 14 liters per day.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How are the kids you see in India the same and/or different from the kids in North America?

Abby W.,
American Academy

Emma Cook-Clarke:
Most of the kids we've seen have a lot less than in North America but this does not mean that they are not happy.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How does it feel to be apart of some thing that will help some many people?

Arianna,
American Academy

Jessica Kenny:
It feels amazing.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How do you feel adapting to Indian culture. Do you miss home?

Abbitt,
American Academy

Emma Cook-Clarke:
It is really cool to be able to experience such a different culture but there are things that I miss.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Where did you train the most?

AJ Smethers,
Boys And Girls Club

Youth Ambassadors:
Each of us trained in our home towns.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
What was the hottest day so far?

Kate,

Youth Ambassadors:
Day 4 was the hottest for us. It was 38 degrees.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many liters of water do you need to drink?

Amy,
St. Anne, Hanmer ON

Emma Cook-Clarke:
Approximately 14 liters of water.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
If you get hurt, what happens? Are there any fears of infections from cuts or blisters?

Kyle,
St. Anne, Hanmer ON

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
No. we have Ray to treat our blisters and a doctor to treat our cuts.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How do you keep yourself clean, in order to stay healthy?

Fallon,
St. Anne, Hanmer ON

Youth Ambassadors:
We use baby wipes and hand sanitizer!!! Lots of it!!!!

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How long are your breaks? How long do you run before taking a break?

Amy,
St. Anne, Hanmer ON

Emma Cook-Clarke:
Our breaks are under 5 minutes which we take every 45 minutes of running plus a 2 hr. lunch break.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
Which areas have you run through so far? Urban or rural? Have you noticed what kind of games the kids play? Do they stay fit for fun, or is it for work?

Olivia,
St. Anne, Hanmer ON

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
We have run through mostly rural.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How did you choose the route that you are running?

Grade 3,
Forestburg School

Emma Cook-Clarke:
The i2P logistics team planned the route.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
How many miles hove you ran so far?

Kiernan,
Trailblazer

Youth Ambassadors:
We are up to 235 km and we finish tomorrow.

Answered on: Sunday December 4 2011
You all must have be excited to be able to go to India. What was it like to be chosen?

Carrie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Emma Cook-Clarke:
At first I did not believe it, after an hour or so it kicked in. It hit me how much of a challenge it would be and I felt VERY lucky!

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How many miles is the run?

Peyton,
Trailblazer

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
Approximately 180 miles in total.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
What made you like to run?

Madison,
Trailblzer

Patrick Doughty:
I actually donít like to run! When an opportunity is presented to you, you have to be willing to make changes in your life and to take full advantage of the situation.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Will be staying in shelter or will you sleep in tents?

Carrie,
Trailblazer Elementary

Jessica Kenny:
We will be staying in tents.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Are you guys exited for the marathon? (Probably, but I want to make sure)

Jared,
Trailblazer Elementary

Emma Cook-Clarke:
Yes! (actually it will be a marathon a day!)

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How is the weather there?

Daja,
Trailblazer Elementry

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
Hot during the day and very cold at night because we are in the desert.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How long do you think the expedition will take?

Jaylen,
Trailblazer Elementery

Patrick Doughty:
The actual amount of days that we will be running is seven days.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Do you guys sleep or stop to take a break?

Daja,
Trailblazer Elementry

Jessica Kenny:
We take a break every 3 miles for 10 minutes to refuel and stay hydrated. We stop for lunch for about one hour and a half and then we go to bed fairly early and we are up by six a.m. to do it all over again.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Is this run non stop and do you have food and water also do you think you can really do this?

Christopher,
Trailblazer

Emma Cook-Clarke:
We run seven to eight hours a day with short breaks in-between and we are eating and drinking the whole way through. Yes, we are confident that we will complete what we came here to do.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How much gear you will take? Do you feel excited to run? How long will it take you to run? Im a big fan of running. I ran 30.2 miles in Kids running america program.

Jack ,

Youth Ambassadors:
We just have running shoes, shorts, t-shirt, hydration packs required for running and the rest are essentials for camping. We will run about seven days, seven to eight hours a day. Maybe you can be on a Youth i2P expedition in the future!

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Are you guys often greeted by someone and complimented or whatever in an everyday public walk, sleepover, visit, etc.?

Jared,
Trailblazer Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
Everyone here has been welcoming and accommodating to us. It continues to be a great experience for us.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Good Luck on your expedition! We will be following along. How is the adventure in India going so far?

MikaŽl and Mme Picotte's Advisory 209,
Symmes Junior High

Patrick Doughty:
The expedition is AMAZING so far!!! The i2P Team is Awesome! And the people of India are incredible!!!

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Hello!! We would like to know if Jessica or Emma have to maybe miss school to run.

Whitney and Kiernan,
Trailblazer

Youth Ambassadors:
I missed my last week of classes and my final exams but I will be doing them the minute I get back! (Jessica) I am taking a year gap year before university. (Emma)

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How long has your group been traveling together? How many places have you gone together? You are a great example for me!Have any of you got any injuries on the way?Is the tent cold? Good Luck on your race in India!!!!!!!!

Cassie,
Trailblazer

Youth Ambassadors:
We have been traveling together since November 23rd. Everyday is a new place in Rajasthan. Everyone of us has had a few small aches, pains and small injuries.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
What would happen if one of you get hurt on the run?

Riley,
St. Frances Xavier

Youth Ambassadors:
We have a support vehicle following us at all times in case of any serious injuries and we have 3 doctors with us.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How do people in India find food to eat?

abby,
St. Francis Xavier

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
India produces so much food that they export it to other places. Agriculture is one of the biggest industries.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How do people in India get food?

Olivia ,
S.t. Francis Xavier

Patrick Doughty:
They grow it or they buy it.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
What is it like in India?

Olivia,
St. Frances Xavier

Emma Cook-Clarke:
It is completely different from home. The things that are normal here would be crazy at home.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
What do you think it will be like running 30 miles a day?

Riley,
St. Frances Xavier

Jessica Kenny:
It is actually closer to 25 miles per day. Exhausting and challenging but worth it in the end.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How many miles are you going to run?

Aaron,
St Francis Xavier

Patrick Doughty:
180 miles in total which is 300 km.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
What is the weather mostly like in India?

Paige,
St. Francis Xavier

Jessica Kenny:
Hot during the day and cold at night.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Why is the food supply low in India?

Mitchell,
St.Frances Xavier

Harshveer Singh Saluja:
In fact, the food supply is not low in India. Agriculture is a big part of India and you can get a lot of fresh fruit!

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
How is India alike America?

Mary Gallagher,
St. Francis Xavier School

Patrick Doughty:
It is like America because there are trains, cars and motorcycles but the types of foods and culture very differently from the USA and Canada.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Is there a route posted somewhere you will follow... I want to make my own google map for class and see if they can exercise the same amount over the same trail virtually?

Kevin Morrow,
O'Neill Elementary

Youth Ambassadors:
It is all on the live tracker on the website. Thanks for following and let us know how it goes.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Ambassadors, what have you seen so far about the way people live in the Thar Desert that can affect their health?

Brady Quinn,
Symmes

Patrick Doughty:
It is a very simple way of living. It is as if you are stepping back in time! Because of such a simple lifestyle and culture within the desert, the access to health care is limited and scarce.

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Dear runners do you love running? How far have you traveled and are you a fan of Harry Potter?

Kelsey,

Youth Ambassadors:
We are growing to appreciate long distance running even though it is a big challenge. We have covered 102 km in 3 days and have traveled half way across the world to get here. Emma is a big fan of Harry Potter!

Answered on: Wednesday November 30 2011
Hey India Ambassadors :) I just wanted to say I cannot wait to follow your journey and witness you inspire hundreds around the world :) You are all such amazing people, and I hope you have an amazing experience. It truly is a life changing event :)! GO AMBASSADORS GO!

Jessie Lilly ,

Youth Ambassadors:
Thanks Jessie!! :)

Answered on: Monday November 28 2011