Badwater® 135 and UTMB Legends Unite to Go for Marathon des Sables Crown
By Alice Hunter Morrison, Moroccan-based Journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, RunUltra, and Special Correspondent to Hope So Bright
April 1, 2016
Harvey Sweetland Lewis (USA) winner of Badwater 135 and Marco Olmo (Italy) two-time winner of UTMB have come together with three other top international athletes, Jason Schlarb (USA), Carlos Sa (Portugal) and Ricardo Mejia Hernandez (Mexico) Badwater 135, to run the team competition at Marathon des Sables.
They have been brought together by USA Ultra Runner, Linda Sanders, to create awareness of the plight of children suffering from ADHD. A staggering one in ten children in the USA is diagnosed with this condition.
The Marathon des Sables is called the Toughest Footrace on Earth. It is six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert. The middle marathon is a double. Temperatures regularly reach 50 degrees C. The terrain is arduous with endless miles of sand dunes and salt flats, interspersed with rocky trails. Competitors must be self sufficient and carry all their own food and equipment for the week.
“In my everyday life I’m a loser….I run for revenge, I run for vengeance,” says Marco Olmo, who at the age of 66 came in 16th overall in last year’s competition. “But this time I am honored to be part of the team representing the organization, Hope So Bright and raising awareness for ADHD.”
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