Since 2012, GlobalLimits had been organizing multi-stage races in Cambodia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Albania. São Tomé is organized in 2020 especially for qualified runners. Our goal is to combine running with local cultural appreciation – that is, all our race locations have spectacular historical backdrops and there are always opportunities to stay in local homes.
Our team, including our volunteers and local partners, are experienced runners or event organizers; we have proven track records in organizing successful multi-stage races.
Our professional medical team specializing in wilderness and emergency medicine will provide you necessary high-standard medical treatments 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 85 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.
Daniel Meyes, Zürich/Switzerland - Course Director
Daniel is a passionated multisport athletes coming from Zürich, who loves to be in nature. When traveling he tries to combine his activities with all kind of outdoor sports such as running, mountain biking, kayaking or rock climbing. Daniel is a frequent starter in international desert or mountain ultra races, triathlons and other multi-sport events.
He successfully completed the inaugural GlobalLimits events Cambodia 2012, Sri Lanka 2015, Albania 2017, Sao Tome 2020 and finished all of them in the Top 6.
In 2013 he already volunteered at GlobalLimits Bhutan and in 2016 in Cambodia.
Now Daniel makes use of his excellent knowledge of the course in Cambodia and the needs of the runners when navigating.
Ryan Paterson, Denver/USA - Medical Director
Dr. Ryan Paterson 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.
Dr. Paterson 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). Currently, Dr. Paterson is working, in partnership with CU South Denver to develop a Wilderness Medicine for Kids program utilizing an original curriculum. He also serves as medical director for No Barriers and another 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.
Ryan already served as a race medical director at GlobalLimits Cambodia 2016 and Bhutan 2017, 2018, 2019, Albania 2018 and Sao Tome 2020.
Harri Washington, Great Britain - 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.Harri just finished 3rd female in her first multi-day stage race at GlobalLimits Albania 2018.
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.
Harri already served as a volunteer at GlobalLimits Cambodia 2016 + 2017, Bhutan 2017 and the inaugural race in Albania.
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 + 2016, Bhutan 2016 + 2017 + 2018 + 2019 and in Albania 2017 + 2018 + 2019.
Olly Griffin, Great Britain - Volunteer
Olly has lived in eastern Cambodia for almost two years, where he works with an organization supporting the government and local people to protect the wildlife and forests of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
A 'slow and steady' runner, he has completed several half marathons in the UK.
Olly already served as a volunteer in Cambodia 2017..
Mayra Johnson/Brazil - Volunteer
Born and raised in Brazil, living in Asia for the past 17 years, currently in Mumbai (India). Professional background in the Airline Industry and Finance. Currently working in the Fitness Industry as a Pilates Instructor and as an active volunteer at an orphanage for girls in India.
Found the love for running 5 years ago, specifically for the multi stage races. Completed a few full and half marathons and the following a couple of Ultras including GlobalLimits races in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bhutan and Sao Tome. Mayra is also a winner of the prestigious "GlobalLimits Heritage Site Runner" series award.
Mayra is now really looking forward to join a GlobalLimits race as a volunteer and make use of her very good knowledge of the organization. Mayra already served as a volunteer at GlobalLimits Albania 2019.
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.
With great sadness and disappointment I have to inform you that the 9th GlobalLimits Cambodia in 2020 has to be postponed to 2021 due to the entry…