The Toughest Race on Earth: The Sahara Marathon

If you think that running the marathon is tough, that's cakewalk as compared to this: Marathon Des Sables, or Marathon of the Sand, 156 miles over 7 days (that's like running 6 marathons back to back) ... across the Sahara Desert!

Here's a very interesting report by Clarissa Ward of the ABC World News Webcast: Link

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Not to disparage any of these athletes, but status as "hardest race in the world" is highly debatable. I can name half a dozen ultras off the top of my head which are longer and a couple with worse conditions as well. The Iditarod Trail Invitational is 350 miles across Alaska on foot in February. Still, it's an impressive feat and the conditions are brutal enough for me.
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