Local athletes traveling thousands of miles while carrying hundreds of pounds

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-- Natasha Jarvis Burch, co-director of the Chris Jarvis Autumn River Run is participating in a program called 'Pack with Purpose,' an American non-profit that encourages travelers to fill extra space in their suitcases with supplies needed to benefit impoverished parts of the world.

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, she will leave for Tanzania, where she'll spend six days climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and another six days of dropping of school supplies in the area.

Delta airlines is allowing her to check 200lbs of bags for free and she says she currently has about half of the weight limit filled.

"I just kind of feel that to be rich in life you travel. It's not material things and if you can be given the opportunity to help somebody else you should take it. I just want to see their smiling faces really. I think education is important and especially in impoverished areas. Being able to educate those kids is very important and if we can do anything we can to help that then that's what we want to do. When you do something like this, I feel like there's a lot of growth. Mountains are challenging, adventures are challenging, being away from home is challenging and to me, climbing a mountain represents life. It's hard, it's unforgiving, there are things that happen and sometimes you don't always get to the top but that's okay; you just keep going," says Burch.