Sign up for the Chasqui Challenge

01 April 2011

“The Chasqui played a fundamental role in the Inca Empire. They formed the empire’s communication system, racing up and down mountains at amazing speeds to deliver important messages. Teams of Chasqui could transport a message as far as 200 miles in a single day. Chasqui hopefuls underwent a fierce selection process but only the fittest and most able would go on to become legendary messengers”


The Peru Support Group (PSG) has teamed up with Amantani UK, an educational charity with projects in Peru, to offer you the chance to become a Chasqui for a day.

On Sunday 18th September we will be holding a marathon / half-marathon at Grafham Water, a beautiful reservoir just six miles from the historic town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire (click here to see the route).

All participants will receive a timing chip on race day, allowing them to see how their talents compare to those of the Chasqui. However, great speed is not required and we encourage all those who wish to follow the scenic route at a more leisurely pace to also participate. Finally, we invite friends and family members to come down to support competitors and to learn more about the PSG and Peru at the accompanying Andean trade fair.

Event participants can earn the title of Chasqui in any of the following ways:

• Run a marathon and raise £800
• Run a half-marathon and raise £400
• Walk a marathon and raise £300
• Walk a half-marathon and raise £150

The schedule for the day is as follows:

08:30am: Registration and chip collection opens
09:45am: Registration closes
09:50am: Race briefing
10:00am: Races start

To help you reach your target the PSG will provide you with fundraising tips and access to a JustGiving webpage. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll reach your goal!

To secure your place please download and complete the following application form and send it back to us along with a deposit of £30 for the full marathon or £20 for the half marathon. Please note, the deposit will be refunded when you reach your fundraising target. 

To make this payment via paypal simply click on the ‘Donate’ button in the top right-hand corner of our website and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to the ‘Peru Support Group’ to the address at the bottom of this page.

Thanks in advance for your kind support. We wish you the best of luck!


Please click here to view the terms and conditions of the event.

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  • PSG Aims

    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

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