More on Runin the Sahara…

On February 20, Charlie, Ray and Kevin touched the Red Sea, just a few hours before sunset. Their quest had lasted 111 days and taken them through 6 countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt. By the team’s daily GPS record, they had traveled over 4,300 miles (6,920 kilometers). They fought through injury and extreme fatigue to reach their goal, which changed them forever.

The Running the Sahara expedition is chronicled in a documentary film, Running the Sahara, narrated and executive produced by Matt Damon and directed by Oscar™-winner James Moll. The film follows the runners and captures the diverse culture of the Saharan people.

The runners crossed some of the world’s harshest terrain and they battled intense heat, injury and diarrhea. Kevin Lin’s feet swelled from a size 7 to a size 81/2 during the run, and shoes had to be flown in; they went through 25 pairs total between the 3 men. Backed by a support group in 4x4s, they aimed to be running by 5am each day and did not sleep until 11pm. The stopped for lunch, mid-day and at night they consumed nearly 7,000 calories each, and still lost weight. During the day, they primarily sustained themselves on the run with water and FreeLife’s Himalayan Goji Juice.

At several points in their trek, the athletes stopped near sparsely populated wells to talk with villagers and nomads about the difficulties they face finding water. That marked another goal of the run — raising awareness for the clean water nonprofit group H2O Africa. "We have seen firsthand the need for clean water, which we take for granted in North America. It’s such a foundation for any community," Zahab said during day 108’s lunch break. The three plan to fund-raise for the group after they return home and finish recuperating. "It started off as a huge motivator, especially as we passed through countries where the water wasn’t clean," Engle said. But as the trio’s bodies became more depleted, the focus was "the day-to-day battle to stay alive and keep moving," he said.

They never skipped a day of running. Most days the three ran a total of 44 to 50 miles — sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. "It will take time to sink in … but this is an absolutely once in a lifetime thing. They say ignorance is bliss, and now that I know how hard this is, I would never consider crossing the Sahara on foot again," said American runner Charlie Engle, 44, hours after he and the others completed the run at Egypt’s Red Sea. Despite the preparation and drive to finish, the runners said they often questioned — mostly to themselves – “What they were doing”? Temperatures fluctuated between freezing and 110 degrees.

"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," Engle, of Greensboro, North Carolina, said on the telephone from a hotel room in Cairo, highlighting the importance of Water

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About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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