Jungle Marathon – level 3

25-10-2016 07:00

As if competing in a normal marathon was not hard enough – 50 brave athletes from all over the world took part in the infamous jungle marathon.

They ran, walked and climbed through 254 kilometres of the Brazilian rainforest. There were six separate and equally challenging stages, making the athletes take on swamps, water crossings, and steep climbs, as well as dealing with the humidity and the terrain provided by the jungle. The runners had to struggle with conditions like nowhere else on Earth.

The marathon has become an annual rite of passage for endurance running enthusiasts. This is the 12th year of the race and of the 50 people who started, only 31 managed to finish all six stages.

Difficult words: infamous (well known for being very difficult), struggle with (fight, deal with), annual (happening every year), rite of passage (an event marking an important stage in someone’s life).

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