Marathon in a desert - level 2

Marathon in a desert - level 2

16-04-2014 07:00

The 29th Marathon des Sables began in Morocco on Sunday. Some people call the marathon the most difficult foot race on Earth. It consists of six parts. The runners run over 155 miles (249 kilometres) in the extremely hot Sahara Desert.

More than 1,000 enthusiasts took part. They first ran through the sand for 12 kilometres. Then they reached a rocky plateau, and after another 3 kilometres, there was an overnight station.

The runners are completely self-sufficient. They must carry everything themselves.

Difficult words: enthusiast (person who loves doing something), plateau (flat area), self-sufficient (they do not need help).

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