Grant Korgan took his first sit-ski push in the frozen Antarctic terrain earlier this week on January 7th. Korgan’s goal is to become the first adaptive athlete to reach the South Pole. His plan is to time this achievement to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition arrival. The estimate is this journey will require Korgan to endure 250,000 arm pushes to make it to the pole.
Korgan explains, “For me, each stroke is a full-on exhausting muscle recruitment and utilization. I can propel myself approximately 2 feet per stroke. To go 100 miles to reach the Pole, I am going to need to do 250,000 total push. I’ll be pushing 10 hours a day, for 10 straight days”.
Back in Squaw Valley, Gallery Keoki and Chase International are hosting a “Chase the Push” fundraiser event from 6pm to 8:30pm on Saturday, January 14th. The event is held in association with the athlete-focused High Fives Foundation, and hosted by Push Team’s film director Steven Siig, who will also be screening clips from his upcoming feature documentary. The evening includes food, drinks and great conversation with an inspired crowd. The highlight of the night’s festivities will be the live satellite phone call from the team in Antarctica!
“One in 50 people will experience paralysis in their lifetime,” said Roy Tuscany, founder of High Fives Foundation. “The key to recovery is a combination of positive support, activity-based rehab, and research. ‘The Push’ is a demonstration of this recovery process.”
The Push is selling $10 “push” donations, with the mission to reach 250,000 supported pushes. Online donations are available at southpolepush.com. To attend the “Chase the Push” event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities and follow “The Push” journey visit www.southpolepush.com.