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Running the Extremes

Derek Kwik
Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010
Pacific Place Conference Centre, 5th Floor, Pacific Place One, Admiralty
Derek the first Chinese person to run across the highest, driest, hottest and coldest deserts talk on his adventure races and exploits in some of the worlds extreme places.

No need to pre book for this lecture which is HK$100 for RGS HK members and HK$150 for non members. Drinks from 6.30pm Lecture starts 7.30pm


We are delighted to welcome to the Royal Geographical Society Derek Kwik to lecture on "Running the Extremes ". Though a leading investment professional, Mr Kwik since 2000 has run across 7 deserts, 2 jungles and 1 mountain, becoming the first Chinese person in the world to run across the worlds highest, driest, hottest and coldest deserts.

In this lecture, from the Amazon Jungle to the South Pole, Mr Kwik shares his colourful experiences of the extremes in seven continents. A popular public speaker, Mr Kwik explains the passion that has led him to become an avid adventure racer, motivational speaker and charity fundraiser.
Since 2000, Mr Kwik has logged over 7,000 km in training and international competition running. He was a member of Hong Kongs first team to compete in the world's toughest adventure race, the EcoChallenge. Deemed the "Olympics of adventure racing ", the international event races nonstop, 24 hours a day, over a rugged 500 km course, participating in such disciplines as trekking, whitewater canoeing, riding, sea kayaking, scuba diving, mountaineering and mountain biking. In 2000, the Hong Kong team braved the clouds of mosquitoes and leech infested rainforests of Borneo, Malaysia and only managed to login 9 hours of sleep over 10 days. In 2001, Mr Kwik was the Hong Kong team captain of the EcoChallenge New Zealand, a 450 km, 10 day, 24 hour nonstop expedition race through the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Early in the race, he sustained a near permanent neck injury after falling from his horse, during the riding section. In the dark of night, together with his team mates, Mr Kwik persevered on to summit and descended a 2,400 metre snowcovered mountain in 30 hours before being evacuated by helicopter.
His running exploits began in 2002, when he ran 225 km across the Sahara Desert in Morocco in the Marathon Des Sables where he endured headon blinding sandstorms that reached speeds of 80 km per hour. He then became the first Chinese person and one of only 15 individuals in the world to complete the 4 Deserts series a quartet of 250 km selfsupported ultramarathons across the worlds four most grueling deserts representing the highest altitude, driest, hottest and coldest deserts. First, Mr Kwik ran across the Gobi Desert where oxygen depriving altitudes reached nearly 5,000 metres. He then experienced the sharp salt flats in the desiccated Atacama Desert in Chile, followed by the 50 degrees Celsius heat and a debilitating leg infection in the Sahara Desert in Egypt. In 2006, Mr Kwik crowned his completion of the 4 Deserts series by running across the frigid South Pole in Antarctica in 26 degree Celsius subzero temperatures and pummeling blizzards with wind speeds reaching 111 km per hour. In 2007, Mr Kwik took a break from deserts and braved the vicious environmental challenges of running across the worlds largest rainforest, the Amazon. Running with trench foot, he endured clouds of mosquitoes, swarms of bees, swaths of ants, poisonous snakes, piranhas, crocodiles, sting rays and even jaguars.

Derek Kwik is from Hong Kong and holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. He is the founding partner of BraveSoldier Ventures, a Hong Kong based venture capital firm with a focus on technology and CEO of Interactive Imagination Inc, which manages and operates several businesses in the Asia region. Mr Kwik has previously held numerous executive posts and is a board member of several companies in the AsiaPacific region. Mr Kwik is now a wellknown motivational speaker to corporations, professional organisations and governments. He is also an important charity fundraiser.

For both his professional and extracurricular accomplishments, Mr Kwik has been featured in numerous international publications and television networks such as the Asian Wall Street Journal, Week, AXN, Bloomberg Television, Esquire, CCTV, CNN Magazine, Institutional Investor, Private Equity International and South China Morning Post. In 2008, Mr Kwik was named one of the top40 Heroes of Hong Kong in TimeOut magazine and was the recipient of the Go Beyond and Challenge Life award honoured by Land Rover. In October 2009, he released his much anticipated motivational book, titled KWIK FIX.

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