Last years winner at Wings for Life World Run Sweden, adventurer and role model Aron Anderson is a man that continues to inspire. We had a talk with him just after he got back from climbing Kilimanjaro.
You have recently come back from an adventure up Kilimanjaro. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
"To climb Kilimanjaro was a magical experience. It’s incredibly beautiful and amazing to start the day off by walking through rainforest with monkeys to eventually sit on a snowy peak where it’s -10 degrees. The coolest part was however that the project raised more than 1 million SEK for Barncancerfonden."
Then you also scored a new job. Congratulations by the way! What other projects and adventures are you currently working on?
"Thanks! To become a reporter for Lilla Sportspegeln feels fantastic as it was my favorite show as a kid. Other than the Wings for Life World Run, I will participate in Vasaloppet and the Ironman Kalmar as well as climb Mont Blanc. I’m also working on another big adventure but that’s unfortunately still secret."
You’ve chosen Dubai as location for your Wings for Life World Run in 2016 – what are your thoughts behind this choice?
"I picked Dubai because the weather down there is kind of stable and I believe that it’s a fast track."
For many, you’re a source of inspiration as you’ve done lots of projects that one - to say the least - could describe as difficult or tough – those long races can especially become mentally challenging. How do you do to really push yourself to get out your maximum performance?
"Yes, I guess pushing my physical and mental boundaries is somehow my strong side. Before entering an endurance race, I think it’s important to be aware of the fact that there will be up’s and down’s. One moment you feel as strong as possible but the next moment you feel terribly weak. If you’re ready for those dips to come, it will be easier to get through them."
"One moment you feel as strong as possible but the next moment you feel terribly weak. If you’re ready for those dips to come, it will be easier to get through them."
Aron during Wings for Life World Run in Kalmar, Sweden 2015. Photo: Anders Neuman
Do you have any training tips for people sitting in a wheelchair, who want to prepare for the Wings for Life World Run in the best way?
"Vary your training! To train in a standard wheelchair can unfortunately be very exhausting. I therefore recommend mixing in other sports such as working out with an arm bike, regular strength training or swimming. This allows you to build up a good basic. When it comes to regular trainings in the wheelchair, I often do uphill intervals to become stronger."