We are a highly professional organizing team and have been running in extreme races ourselves for more then 20 years. Moreover, we have a proven track-record in organizing several events.
The experience that we have gained around the world by participating in, and organizing such races, enables us to stage a well prepared event and cater to our competitors' every possible need.
Our professional multi-lingual team will be accompanied by very motivated and experienced volunteers as well as a local team of experts in organizing outdoor events in remote areas.
Our higly regarded medical team will provide you with all medical treatments that you might need required during the race week.
Stefan Betzelt/Germany - Founder and General Manager of GlobalLimits
Stefan was born and lives in Wiesbaden/Germany. He founded GlobalLimits in 2012. Stefan has a wealth of extreme racing experience, having participated in many of the most gruelling ultra races, such as Marathon des Sables, Les Foulees de la Soie, Himalayan 100Mile Stage Race, Racing the Planet Namibia and Desert Oman Raid. He also participated in about 20 city-marathons (PB 2:46) and successsfully climbed the Kilimanjaro and the Mount Aconcagua.
Stefan has visited more than 75 countries and learnt a great deal about different cultures and people. He now makes use of this experience to select outstanding and unique locations for the GlobalLimits races.
Stefan has worked as a managing director for some of the leading global financial institutions before he retired in 2004 to become a self employed financial and personnel consultant.
Stefan is also a member of the Curatoship of the Institute of Sports Medicine in Frankfurt/Germany.
Manuel Pastor, Burgos/Spain - Course Director
Manu is born to run!
He is also a passionated bicycle rider.
Having participated in lots of different long-distance and ultra races he is now fascinated by the ultrastage race format.
After completing the two innaugural GlobalLimits events, Cambodia 2012 and Bhutan 2013, which he finish both ranking second overall. Manu has already registered as a runner for GlobalLimits Sri Lanka which will qualify him to receive the "GlobalLimits Heritage Site Runner" series award. Manu volunteered at GlobalLimits Cambodia 2013 and Bhutan 2014 as well as being a course director at Cambodia 2014 + 2015 and Bhutan 2015 + 2016 where he can make use of his excellent knowledge of the course and the requirement of the runners.
His favoured comment about GlobalLimit races: "Its about more than just running at the end of the day."
Ryan Paterson, Denver/USA - Race Medical
Ryan attended the University of Vermont School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Wilderness/Altitude/Expedition Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center/University of Colorado. He also holds advanced certifications in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and in Mountain Medicine (DiMM). He is a practicing Emergency Physician for Kaiser Permanente at St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
When not working, Ryan loves to spend time outdoors with his spouse and two children. He is an avid traveler and climber and a former distance athlete who continues to run, bike, and swim.
Ryan has experience in large-race, medical event management and has helped provided medical support for the Leadville 100 ultra-marathon competition. Ryan also serves as co-course director for the Wilderness Medical Society and Universities of Colorado and Utah’s Diploma in Mountain Medicine Course (DiMM). He is the current United States delegate to the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM). He also serves as medical director for the non-profit (Kolkata City Mission) working to establish sustainable development solutions in education, health, women’s empowerment, micro-enterprise and public-health for informal communities in and around Kolkata, India.
Linda Sanders, Augusta/USA -Race Medical
Linda is a New Jersey native and a Wilderness Medicine Fellow at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Georgia. She completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Linda first became involved in Wilderness Medicine as a medical student at the Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) after completing an elective and receiving her AWLS certification. She then started her own Wilderness Medicine elective at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
Most recently Linda was part of the medical team for the multi-stage Atacama race, sparking her interest in endurance events. Other interests include education, altitude, the use of ultrasound in austere medicine, and search and rescue. As a fellow, her plans include completing her DiMM, research in wilderness medicine education, staffing endurance races and starting a Wilderness Medicine podcast series. She has been an avid runner since high school, competing in cross country and track at the collegiate level at Bucknell University and completing several half marathons, marathons and adventure races since then. She also enjoys cycling, climbing, skiing and hiking in her free time.
Geert Meese, Tielt/Belgium - Volunteer
Geert is a Belgian medic who decided to work a little bit less and spending more time doing his passions: multi stage racing ( 100 km del Sahara, Marathon des Sables , Grand to Grand ….) , marathon racing , or volunteering in multi stage races ( Spain, Portugal, Oman …). a passion he sheares with his wife.
If not working or racing , his time is spend abroad with a high preference for unbeaten tracks in Asia or South America. Always enthusiastic to help participants to make their dreams come true.
Geert already served as a volunteer for GlobalLimits in Cambodia 2015 and Bhutan 2016.
Daniel Meyes/Switzerland - Volunteer
Daniel is passionate about sports and nature. He loves to combine travelling with running, mountain biking, kayaking or rock climbing. After Daniel’s first GlobalLimits’ race, “The Ancient Khmer Path” in Cambodia in 2013, he travelled 2 months along the Mekong and Laos with an inflatable kayak.
In 2015, he ran GlobalLimits’ “Wild Elephant Trail” in Sri Lanka. He also takes part in races in the deserts and mountains. He enjoys taking part in triathlons, such as the Ironman.
Daniel had volunteered for GlobalLimits’ “The Last Secret” in Bhutan in 2014. He enjoys giving his best supports to runners. He looks forward to volunteering in Bhutan again.
Harri Washington, USA - Volunteer
Harri is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Madagascar, Gabon, and Cambodia.
Working in wildlife conservation means that she has had the privilege to see some beautiful parts of the world, which she explores through another passion, running. She has been living in Cambodia for ten months now, where she enjoys running cross-country out in the remote province of Mondulkiri, as well as joining group runs in Phnom Penh and the surrounding area. She enters organised races in every place she lives, and her first in Cambodia will be the day after the end of GlobalLimits 2016.
She is looking forward to being inspired to take her running to the next level by experiencing firsthand the challenges and rewards of a GlobalLimits race.
Robin J Lau, New York City/USA - Volunteer
RJ is an experience collector. He boarded his first international flight to China at age 5 and hasn't looked back. Ninety-nine countries and seven continents later, he still looking to continually expand his global knowledge via cultural interactions with locals in both megacities and remote villages.
A running enthusiast - more specifically, the "end of a run" enthusiast - RJ recently completed the 2016 Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, and plans to tackle the Mt. Everest Marathon in 2017. No one trick pony, he is also a rugby player who squeezes in games in between his travels and work. Additionally, RJ is a published photographer, former medic, pilot in training and can pour the perfect pint.
Over the last eleven years, RJ's day job has been directing award winning large (and small) scale multi-national events for numerous Fortune 100 companies. These events have taught him how to manage organized chaos, operate anything that has from 2 to 22 wheels, and to work with dynamic teams of various skill levels.
A figurative Swiss Army Knife, RJ is multifaceted and has much to offer; he is very much looking forward to sharing this experience with everyone in Cambodia.
Hun Socheat, Siem Reap/Cambodia - Logistics and Infrastructure
Socheat has got 10 year experiences working for two of the leading international travel companies in South East Asia. He has extensively traveled in the region including Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Singapore. His last positions were Office Supervisor and Reservations Manager. Socheat has also been leading many cycling trips in the regions. He has joined Angkor International Bike Racing with his colleagues for many years to raise the fund to support children with HIV/AIDS and landmine victims.
Apart from professional business, Socheat has a long term career with the UN since 1993, the European Union (1996-1998). Socheat has also actively participated in social and community works. More than 5 years, he has volunteered his time to work as Project Manager for Arcadia Associate Inc.,(Seattle base) to support some the International and Local NGOs in Cambodia. Clients served: SILAKA, Church World Service (CWS), American Friend Services in Cambodia (AFSC), Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), PACT, Working Group for Weapon Reduction (WGWR), Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP), Youth For Peace (YFP), Action Conflict Transformation (ACT), Friend Economic Development Association (FEDA).
Socheat has got bachelor of English and Master of Business and Administration.