Are a few inches of snow on the ground and winter’s cold weather keeping you indoors and creating an excuse to skip your run?
If so check out this movie, “Desert Runners”.
In 2010 4 somewhat novice runners attempted what is considered the most challenging series of ultra-marathons in the world.
The races are held in some of the most extreme environments on earth. These were in Chile’s Atacama Desert one of the driest spots on earth; China’s Gobi desert, Egypt’s Sahara and in the Antarctic with temperatures below freezing and blizzard conditions.
The first man to ever successfully complete the 4 Desert Series “Grand Slam” was world famous “Ultramarathon Man,” Dean Karnazes.
The four runners were 56-year-old Dave, an Irish marketing director; 33 year old Ricky, a former pro American baseball player; 25 year old Australian actress Samantha and 40 year old Tremaine an English ex-military security specialist.
The movie titled “Desert Runners” documents the 4 participants experience in the races. According to director Jennifer Steinman the movie provides “a glimpse into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph”.
This is a movie that runners of all ability should relate to, be inspired by, be humbled by and most likely enjoy watching.
After watching this movie it may not be so easy to complain about the cold wintry conditions during your 5 mile run.
The movie is now available on DVD or digital download at the Desert Runners movie web site. It would also make for a nice Christmas gift for your ultra-marathon friend.