Marathon in Sahara Desert - level 3
Ahead of them 75 kilometres of burning Sahara Desert. For the quickest it takes around seven hours, for those further down the field up to 30. Most of the runners are sent off at the same time with the top 15 men and women a few hours later. They are in no doubt about the challenge that lies ahead.
"It's gonna be a long day, so just concentrate on looking after your body for the whole way, eating at the right times, drinking enough. That's nothing. If you go too fast at the beginning, you're in trouble."
It's not just the searing heat that makes this stage grueling. The terrain changes and so too with it the pace. For some, maintaining spirits is easier than others. Runners have got a long way to go in this competition. This is just the fourth stage of the Marathon de Sables. At least, they can look forward to a rest day after this race.
Interesting words: field (all runners in a race), searing (extremely hot), grueling (very tiring or difficult).
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