Profile of Dimitri Kieffer
Saturday October 18, 2008 - 47.6097° N, 122.3331° W
French native, Dimitri moved to the United States in 1983 at the age of 17 in order to pursue a college education in international business.
He spent his first year in the US as an exchange student in Puyallup high school, Washington state and the next 5 years at the University of Washington in Seattle where he obtained two degrees, focusing on international trade.
He then spent the next 15 years honing his skills in international business while working in the software industry primarily in Hong Kong and Seattle.
In April 2005, he gained his second citizenship (US) and therefore becoming an official "Franco-American".
After having completed his first marathon in 1985 at the age of 20, and his first ultramarathon in Hong Kong in 1990, Dimitri progressively took on more and more challenging races in the USA and furthermore overseas.
He completed seven Trailwalkers in Hong Kong, the Western States and other US 100 milers, the Death Valley Badwater 135 miler, as well as multiple races in the Sahara (two 208 miles and one 350 miles non-stop races) and 4 races in Alaska, including the non stop Iditarod trail by foot (1100 miles).
In addition to enjoying running ultramarathons in harsh desertic or cold Alaskan winter climatic conditions, Dimitri also partook in 7 to 30 days non-stop adventure races, where with his team, he was able to cover a great amount of mileage, trekking, orienteering, snow shoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, roller blading, etc... through quite diverse terrain such as the Vietnamese and Costa Rican jungles, the mighty Yukon river, the Australian, South African outback and in the US, the San Juan Islands, the Utah and Californian landscape.
Since 2005, Dimitri has continued to evolve, transferring from adventure racing to full blown expeditions.
Dimitri is also an active member of the Explorers Club.
When he is not pushing forward on the trail, Dimitri returns to his permanent home in Seattle to primarily spend time with his friends, such as the PSH3 quirky runners and BM friends. He also spends time training, planning the next sections of the expedition and "catching up on regular daily life matters".
In the past few years, Dimitri has also volunteered teaching elementary computer classes to refugees with IRC and helped move donated furniture to new refugees homes: Karen and Chin minorities from Myanmar/Burma, Bhutanese, Eritreans, Iraqis.
Being on the trail, he is not able to volunteer currently but plans to resume this type of volunteering as soon as he completes this circumnavigation.
Finally, once a year, Dimitri makes a "pilgrimage" back to France to visit his own family and friends that he often feels he "has left behind" as well as a second "pilgrimage" to Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan to visit the family of his wife and expedition partner Gulnara Kieffer as well as Russian Tatar friends.
Dimitri Kieffer and Gulnara Kieffer got married on March 20th 2013 in Kazan, Russia.
2012 Yakutia/Sakha - Amurskaya - Zabaykalsky (Russia) - Eastern Mongolia section Nexus Expedition - Yakutsk (Russia) -Karkhorin (Mongolia)
2011 Kamchatka- Magadanskaya-Yakutia/Sakha section
2010 Chukoka-Kamchatka section, Nexus expeditionVayegi (Chukotka) - Paren (Kamchatka) (Russia)
2008 Chukotka section, Nexus expedition
2007 Chukotka section, Nexus expedition
2006 Bering Strait Crossing, Goliath expedition
Nome to Wales (US) to Uelen (Russia)
Major Adventure races
2006 Yukon River Quest Paddle Race, (Kayak) Canada
2005 La Ruta de los Conquistadores, (Bike) Costa Rica
2005 Freedom Challenge Extreme Triathlon
(Run,Bike, K1 Canoe), South Africa
including Comrades Marathon, Berg River Marathon
2004 Primal Quest, Washington State
2004 X-Adventure Raid Series in North Western Australia & Bend, Oregon
2003 Primal Quest, Lake Tahoe, California
2003 X-Adventure Raid Series, Bend, Idaho
2002 Four Winds Adventure Race 500kms, Utah
2002 Raid Gauloises 1000kms, Viet Nam
Major Nonstop ultrarunning races
2005 Iditarod Trail Invitational, 1100 miles, Alaska
2004 Trans 555km , 345 miles, Niger, Africa
2004 Bad Water , 135 miles, Death Valley, California
2002 Iditarod Trail Invitational, 350 miles, Alaska
2002 Trans 333km, 200 miles, Tunisia Africa
2001 Trans 333km, 200 miles, Mauritania, Africa
2001 Iditasport, 130 miles, Alaska
2001 Mardis Gras Ultramarathon Classsic 125 miles, Baton Rouge to New Orleans,
Louisiana, information on the trail
1999 Beijing to Great Wall 100km, China
1998-1999 Mt Fuji Mountain race, Japan
1997-2003 Seven Trailwalker MacEnlose 100 km, Hong Kong
100 Miles ultraruns:
2004 Western States, California
2003 The Bear, Idaho
2001 Heartland, Kansas
2000 Cascade Crest Classic, Washington
1999 Angeles Crest, California
1999 Iditasport, Alaska
2006 Alcatraz island "sharkswim fest", California