I have always had a passion for running and athletics, in particular the longer distances events, I may not have always been the ‘best’, but my love for the sport has always been there. My journey really began back when my parents took me along to little athletics for the first time (when i was about 7 years old), initially it was for the fun, fitness, and friendship benefits. However, there was one race when I was around grade 3, I was running in an 800m race at school carnival, I ended up winning the race (by a reasonable margin). It was this point when my parents thought, ‘Hey Sami might have some talent here”, so they encouraged me to continue to participate in athletics and other running events.
I have always strived for improvement and placed a focus on enjoying every session and the journey that running takes you on. I am a huge believer in fuelling your body correctly with quality nutrition to allow my body to meet the demands and stress's placed on it from long distance running and for optimum performance in every session. Temple nutrition, i find is undoubtedly the BEST nutritional provider for guaranteed recovery and performance fuel, my journey to reach my dream is further enhanced with their support.
Ryan is a 36 year old with a passion for everything running; from parkrun to ultramarathons. he has just completed the Kakoda Trail and his 2nd Ultraman Australia event!
It's not always about winning, fast times and getting a PB. It's also about just being active, enjoying what you do and simply having fun. Recently he completed in the Blackmores Sydney Marathon dressed as Where's Wally.
Ryan Says: "I started using Temple Nutrition in 2016 and have found it really works. It's important on the long events to fuel right and knowing that Temple Nutrition uses only natural products you know what you're putting into your body is exactly what it needs to race well.
Ben Southall is a presenter, digital journalist and ultra adventure athlete. His achievements include beating 35,000 to win 'Best Job in the World' in 2009 and became the 'Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef' in Australia.
He climbed five of Africa's highest mountains and ran 5 marathons during his circumnavigation of the continent in 2008. In 2011 he kayaked 1600 km along the Great Barrier Reef retracing the Captain Cook's ' Voyage of Discovery with the 'Best Expedition in the World'
I started out playing a range of different sports. Golf, Football, Cricket, Running and Cycling. A few injuries and a family later I decided to give running, ultra running, triathlons a go instead. My next challenge is the Big Red Run 250km multi day endurance race in June before focusing my training on UTA 100km and the Bussleton Ironman next year.
I have loved running for as long as I can remember, the time spent outdoors, exploring, socialising or a time spent simply by myself, a time of reflection, daydreaming, making decisions, clearing my mind or singing. I began competing some time in high school and despite not winning any major championships at the time, I enjoyed the challenges the sport provided. My journey to always strive for improvement and passion for the sport is still as strong as ever.
The highlight of my running career to date has been the honour of wearing the green and gold, when I competed in China at the World Cross Country Championships in 2015, and I would love the opportunity to represent Australia again in the future. Other highlights would be placing 2nd at the Australian Cross Country Championships in 2016 and breaking 16 minutes for the first time in the 5000m on the track.
Running is full of ups and downs but I have learnt that consistency and patience are vital, ticking off each session, one day at a time. Fuelling your body adequately is equally important to ensure you are performing to the best of your ability and to allow your body to recover properly. I love that Temple Nutrition assist in both of these pursuits without the added sugars and preservatives like many other products.
I first started using Temple Nutrition for my first Ultra Marathon Marysville 50km in 2016, since then Temple Nutrition has been part of my recovery and my hydration for races and training. In 2017 I ran my first 100km event, where I was fuelled by Naturalyte and had zero gut and cramping issues during the event.
In 2017 I'll be challenging myself with the task of running 5 Ultras in 5 months, where I'll be raising funds and awareness for The Black Dog Institute who aim to help those suffering from anxiety and depression along with this I'll also be raising awareness for autism where I'm working alongside Autism Spectrum Australia.