Day 0 – Bus to Fish River Canyon

Camp 1 on the cliffs Rising at 4:30 to get breakfast before the 6 am sharp departure to Fish River Canyon, Teddy and I stuffed ourselves with as much honey, sweet breakfast and other snacks as we could before the 9-hour bus ride into the unknown of the oldest desert in the world. We boarded the bus by tents so I was able to meet our tent mates and those around us. It seems nearly everybody on the race is in the insurance business and though they are from England, Ireland, Australia, etc. most are based in Hong Kong. The conversation flowed as few people could sleep in the excitement and anticipation...
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Prelude – The Trek to the Trek

“RACINGTHEPLANET is a unique category of rough country footraces that take place over seven days and some 250 kilometers in remote and culturally rich locations around the world. Competitors must carry all their own equipment and food, are only provided with water and a place in a tent each day.” Prelude – The Trek to the Trek International travel can be difficult, but it is always better when you travel with friends. Teddy was there to share in the anticipation and the excitement. And when that wore off, in the napping. Though we traveled in class (coach class), Teddy had his own seat and...
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The Article in PR Magazine

Itaewon Found Last time, I spoke of Itaewon lost. Well, “I once was lost…” and then I went to the desert. I recently entered the Sahara Race, representing Itaewon (& Korea) while raising money for the Orphan Activity Fund in the hardest race on Earth. Why now? – “Why Not?” In the midst of this worldwide financial crisis, failing economies and fears of global depression, I say, “Go on vacation!” Worrying won’t help and working for money that may not be worth anything in the near future seemed futile, so I decided to spend some while it still had value – and value I got.
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Flashback

Flashback The nights of dread and mornings of anticipation have all faded in memory – the experience was ridiculously difficult, but somehow thoroughly compelling. In the world’s most punishing desert, the key to success was the people – the energy and enthusiasm they brought, the camaraderie, the stories and the smiles. Without the others, there would be no race, no reason to continue trudging though the desert, to bear the heat and the slippery sand. The supportive souls that volunteered became my inspiration for overcoming every obstacle, stage by stage, and the participants were to bring...
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Day Seven – The Pyramid Sprint

Day Seven – the Pyramid Sprint (the 5.2km) Stage 6 on 1 November – 5.2 km We arrived in Cairo at 11am and re-donned our packs (much lighter now) for the last leg of the desert race. The final sprint up to the finish line was so quickly over it seemed incongruous to the effort of the previous five days and a bit anti-climactic with everyone’s thoughts on the shower at the hotel.
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