Ray Zahab

Speaker, Celebrity

Ray Zahab

Ultra-Marathon Runner and Adventurer | Host of The Project and The Edge

A former “pack a day smoker,” Ray Zahab ran across the Sahara Desert in 111 days; he ran the three coastal trails of Canada, covering 400 kilometres; he and two others broke the world speed record for an unsupported expedition by a team to the South Pole; he ran 1,200 kilometres in 20 days in the Atacama Desert; and in 2013, he took on his most gruelling journey yet when he ran over 2,000 kilometres to cross Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, and if that’s not enough, in 2015 he ran 1000km across the Patagonian Desert. The founder of impossible2Possible, an organization that inspires and educates youth through adventure learning, and the host of television’s The Project and To The Edge, Ray’s high energy and visually stunning presentations showcase his challenging adventures, focus on his philanthropic endeavours, and–most importantly—relay that the impossible is possible.

National Geographic tracked Ray’s journey across the Sahara for their documentary Running The Sahara, produced by Matt Damon, and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, showing not just Ray’s incredible feat, but also raising awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa. After this experience, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and  believes in. Running The Sahara began a journey of discovery: that we ALL can truly achieve extraordinary things.

Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P) in 2008, which sees young people taking part in amazing challenge-based expeditions, with students around the world taking part using virtual technology.

Incredibly, Ray has also found the time to write two successful books, Running for My Life and Running to Extremes, for young readers.

A member of the board of Directors of Ryan’s Well Foundation, an Athletic Ambassador and Board Member of ONExONE.org, and a representative of SpreadTheNet, Ray received the 2007 ONExONE Difference Award and the 2010 Torchbearers Award. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Canadian Geographical Society.

Ray has spoken at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, The Economist World, and World Affairs Council, spreading the message that we are all capable of the extraordinary in our lives and that in fact, the impossible is possible.

Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary: How We Are Capable of Exceeding Our Perceived Limits

Ray Zahab went from being a pack a day smoker to running thousands of miles all over the globe, including crossings of Mongolia and the Gobi Desert–a living example of how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Ray takes audiences through his tremendous personal story to inspire both individuals and organizations to take positive action to incite incredible change and identify the limits we place on success in order to break through them and move beyond.

How Extreme Performance Leads To Extreme Success

Ray Zahab believes that through challenge and resilience we learn how to achieve our goals. Using examples from his own journey of discovery, Ray shows audiences how to believe in their ability to face challenges and become resilient to everyday factors that can roadblock success; learn the lessons of taking measured risks to challenge and achieve; and how to set extreme goals and perform at extreme levels to reach extreme heights of success.

Key Traits of Successful Leadership and Teamwork

Ray Zahab is an accomplished adventurer, speaker, author, and television host, although to date, his greatest personal success has come from founding his internationally recognized charitable organization, impossible2Possible (i2P).

Although many of Ray’s personal successes are on an individual level, he certainly didn’t do any of it alone: “Many of our greatest accomplishments are collective efforts set toward a specific goal.”

Stressing the importance of how successful leadership inspires successful teams, Ray uses examples from his extraordinary journeys and his successful non-profit to illustrate how success comes from a balanced combination of leadership and teamwork.

i2P is an experiential learning organization in which young people–youth ambassadors–challenge themselves through participation in goal-oriented expeditions while sharing their experiences, gained knowledge and inspiration live with students worldwide through virtual technology. i2Pprovides these programs free of charge, with Ray’s focus being on educating, empowering, and inspiring young people to believe that we are all capable of the extraordinary.

Overcoming The Impossible To Get To What's Possible

During the course of his incredible career as one of the world’s top long distance athletes, Ray Zahab has encountered many roadblocks along the way.

Using examples of obstacles from his  life and from the development of his international organization, impossible2Possible, Ray shares his strategies to overcoming challenges to find effective and lasting solutions.

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