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The Sahara Race – one of the toughest endurance races in the world – starts soon

This is a week of events and races either already started or about to happen. The racingtheplanet team have already arrived in Egypt in anticipation of the extremely tough endurance race about to happen there. Race participants are making their way to Egypt as we write…

The gruelling six-day, 254-km (156 mile) ultra-marathon is roughly equivalent to running a marathon each day — in 30C to 50C temperatures.

Averaging 35 to 45 km a day with the longest day stretching to 84 km, the competitors will endure “one of the most extreme environments on earth,”. They’ll brave suffocating heat, blinding sunlight, fierce sand storms, unimaginable physical demands and possibly scorpions, vipers and huge camel spiders before finishing at the Giza pyramids.

Chris Collins is returning to this event for his third time – putting his own spin on the race eptitaph “The race of no return…” He has some very sage advice for first time competitors:

  • Your feet WILL swell – anticipate it… Make SURE your shoes are 1.5 to 2 times too large for you…
  • If you intend to use a full sand gaiter make sure the Velcro on your shoes is stitched as well as glued, if not it will come off…
  • Take heed of the mandatory kit list, especially the blister kit, and especially the tincture of Bezoin, this wonder stuff will stick dressings to your feet like you would not believe…

My repeating Chris Collin’s advice in this article, with the start of the Sahara Race imminent, will be too late for any of the 130 competitors arriving in, or about to arrive in Egypt over the next few days. However, it is sage advice for anyone contemplating an ultra-marathon…

Good luck to all the competitors for this extreme ultra-marathon.

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