The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 13th July 2020 – Slow Marathon

Slow Marathon is an annual walking event from Deveron Projects, celebrating slowness, friendship, physical activity and an appreciation of our varied landscape. This year, the plan was to walk between rural Scottish towns Cabrach and Huntly. However, because of our current situation, the Slow Marathon is being done remotely, together. The 2020 Slow Marathon is an attempt to walk around the globe – hundreds of different people, logging their adventures and contributing to a huge collective journey. As an act of hope, solidarity and resilience, the event will finish when we have jointly walked the 40,000km/25,000miles around the world. Currently, we have collectively walked to New Caledonia, south of Vanuatu in Melanesia!

Artist Iman Tajik is collecting images of the sky people see when they look up while walking. These will be brought together in a massive artwork of all of us under one sky.

Do
Go on an adventure – in your local area, around your home, garden, supermarket, park…anywhere you fancy. You might walk, jog, drive, wheel or even cycle. What do you see? What do you notice? Capture the sky you see when you look up. Take a photograph, sketch, paint, write, collage, it’s up to you!

If you would like to take part in the Slow Marathon 2020, simply register your details and then log how far you go. They will keep a log of your journeys and add them to the global community of Slow Marathon 2020 walkers.

To contribute to Iman’s ‘Under One Sky’ artwork, send him your skies here, and join the Facebook community here.

Slow Marathon began in 2012 in collaboration with Ethiopian artist
Mihret Kebede who attempted to walk from her home in Addis/Ethiopia to Huntly. The Addis to Huntly and back walk, was abandoned as visa restrictions, border controls and deserts got in the way. Instead, Mihret decided to walk the total 5,850 miles distance with many people to reach the distance metaphorically.
Artwork – Jaak Coetzer.

If you have more time … 
Keep logging your walks on a daily or weekly basis. Experiment with your journeys – where will your next adventure take you?Think 

What has this challenge made you think about or reflect on? What does the phrase ‘Under One Sky’ mean to you?
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