Steve Gurney is a modern day example of this. The adventurer has been competing in races for over twenty years and has become a familiar face at New Zealand's annual Coast to Coast Race.
'I was immediately drawn to it. Humans, and especially males, are inescapably drawn to adventure. The Coast to Coast has provided an outlet for that... I loved the concept of being personally self-responsible'
This is a testament to a modern day chapter of the story of The Wild Geese. These Men of Action were put in a dangerous situation, and decided to leave their homeland. But their taste for adventure propelled them to new worlds, but their skills and determination were the only tools they needed to prosper so far from home. This sentiment is still shared with adventurers today. Gurney enjoys something to strive for, which has resulted in a record setting 9 wins in the Coast to Coast race:
'I liked challenging myself, coming close to death sometimes, and being caght out in bad weather. because I was clever, skilled and had done the training, I survived'
Although safety checks are in place, and adventurers today are much better prepared, endurance racing still holds its own dangers, and it is a mental commitment, as well as a physical one.
'Adventure racing throws obstacles at you all the time and the team that deals with the obstacles best wins'
Steve has taken his ambitions and passion he injects into the Coast to Coast race and built a career out of them. He now works as a motivational public speaker.
'It's part of my life. Not a day goes by when I don't get an email or phone call from someone asking for advice...I chose to make my job out of this lifestyle. The Coast to Coast is an important part of it'
With this year's Coast to Coast fast approaching, ambitious participants will most likely be completing their final training programmes in preparation for the big two day event. It's good to know that modern day Men of Action are continuing to achieve remarkable things.