I’m not Superman. Below-average height, below-average weight. Nobody has ever thought of me as physically superior in any way. So why do I think I can run 1,000 kilometers, self-supported—the equivalent of carrying a toddler on my back—in four of the world’s toughest running races, just months after donating my left kidney? Am I crazy?
The 1K4D blog is written by Matt Cavanaugh, PhD, an active duty US Army Strategist who currently serves as the founding director of the Homeland Defense Institute at the US Air Force Academy. Matt donated his left kidney on September 15, 2021 to a stranger and started a donation chain.
1K4D is his attempt to be the first living kidney donor to finish the full 4 Deserts race series, including races covering 1,000 kilometers across Namibia, Georgia, Chile, and Antarctica in an attempt to shatter the misperception that kidney donation imposes physical limits on donors.