Pavel Cenkl doesn’t go the extra mile for climate resistance—he goes 150 extra miles.

On June 15th, 2015, the faculty member in Environmental Humanities and Director of Athletics at Sterling College started off on a 150-mile run across Iceland from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Sea.

He finished the run on June 17th, having crossed beaches, gravel roads, horse paths, hiking trails, and pavement. The route followed an ancient Viking path among rivers, waterfalls, thermal springs, and desert.

Cenkl chose Iceland for the run as it is one of the places where climate change is most evident. On his blog at, he says that he misses “being immersed in the experience of endurance, finding solace amid physical and mental vulnerability—not to mention the volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs!”

Cenkl’s remarkable achievement has been noted nationally—National Geographic has featured his run on their Voices blog. Read it here.

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