Three ultra-endurance athletes, U.S. runner Charlie Engle, 44, Canada’s Ray Zahab, 38 and Kevin Lin, 30, of Taiwan, have just done something most would consider insane:They ran the equivalent of two marathons a day for 111 days to become the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert’s grueling 7,500 km.
“We touched the water in Senegal at the beginning, and we touched the water in the Red Sea at the end. They were the bookends of our journey,” said Engle, of Greensboro, N.C.
In less than 4 months, they have run across the world’s largest desert, through six countries – Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya and finally Egypt.
A film crew followed them, chronicling the desert journey for actor Matt Damon’s production company, LivePlanet. Damon plans to narrate the “Running the Sahara” documentary.
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Am I the Iron man? Nope…especially after reading this story.