The search for one's limits can originates great challenges. This is the awareness that has led Alex Bellini to become an adventurer and explorer over the course of seventeen years of historic endeavors. Adventures undertaken not for the charm of the finish line or sheer sporting performance, but for the vital need to know oneself, with its resources and limits. From the ones that need to be broken to the insurmountable. The first of these challenges took place in 2001, the Marathon des Sables: a 250-kilometer marathon through the Sahara desert. The following year Bellini took part in the Alaska Ultrasport, a race in which he dragged his sled in total self-sufficiency for 2000 kilometers. Sand, ice and then, the sea. It is in 2005 that Bellini crosses the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean for eleven thousand km rowing alone for seven and a half months. That same year he rowed from Quarto (near Genoa) to Fortaleza (Brazil) covering ten thousand kilometers in just 226 days, and even surviving a shipwreck. They are great results, not just Ironman medals. Each adventure allows Alex to redefine the concept of "possible", continuing to question it.
Adventures undertaken not for the charm of the finish line or sheer sporting performance, but for the vital need to know oneself
Similarly, his 2008 sea adventure, from Peru to Australia saw him cross18,000 km through ten different time zones. In 2011 he returned to compete on the road and took part in the LA-NY Footrace, a 5300 km marathon from Los Angeles to New York, a coast to coast race completed in 70 days. Through the hundreds of conferences he is invited to, Bellini is able to convey what it is that he has learned. His international activity as a speaker complements his role as a mental coach. The search for limits in his adventures allows him to share many lessons with athletes who intend to do the same.
When you start a journey you know where you start from, but you don’t know where you will arrive to. So, from self exploration, Alex gradually begun looking outwards: from within to the environment that surrounds us all. The first evidence of his newfound sense of adventure coincides with the winter crossing of the Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe that will probably contribute to melt within this century because of rising temperatures. Now, after discovering the limits of man, Bellini wants to verify the natural boundaries of the ecosystem. Mankind has a huge impact on our planet: it is not a coincidence that we live in the Anthropocene Age, the geological epoch in which human activities are the main causes behind the climate, geography and structural changes of Earth. But words are not enough anymore. Because we live a collective urgency.
2019 is the year of the turning point. Alex will explore the world starting from the ten most polluted rivers all the way to the famous Plastic Island in the Pacific Ocean.
He will experience the ecological threats that are endangering humanity at large, since it is in those very rivers that mankind is chucking most of the world’s plastic debris
– 8 million tons of plastic, 90% of the World’s trash – which are converging in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area three times larger than France.
Once out there, Alex will have to solve problems in real time: a merger of the inner exploration that has characterized its extreme endeavors, as well as the challenge against the most hostile environments. He will do it to answer the definitive question: what can we do to combat this emergency? According to Alex, the first step to save the planet is to reconnect humans to nature, that same nature that gave “shape to his dreams“.
“Let him that would move the world, first move himself” said Socrates. Alex Bellini’s most important mission will be to explore the outside world to save and protect it, starting from the awareness of our inner life. A bridge that will have to make us safe.