Despite endless setbacks, this group persevered and risked their own lives by swimming up to 12km at a time, to convince people to climb into their rafts and abandon homes to the rising water.
During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.
Sixty participants from 11 countries paddled it out in the narrow and rocky rivers of Kerala, India for a whopping prize money.
An Indian ultra runner understands the rigor of international athletes during a demanding race in Kerala, south India, last January. .