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Running the Sahara

On Showtime there was this show about 3 guys who were running non-stop across the Saraha Desert. In 111 Days they ran a total of about 170 marathons and over 2,000 miles.  I can barely run a mile right now and I was inspired by these guys. They had to deal with crossing borders and keeping up their food supply and food intake, but they did it. I was so inspired I thought it would be cool to start running again. I don’t know if my body can handle it, but I see these people who triumph over adversity and I want to be one of those people. If someone can run a marathon with a missing leg or a huge blister, then maybe I can get out and run a couple of miles a day?

What I also loved about the show was that it showed the land, how people live in Africa, the need for wells and water and what we can do to help. It’s easy to sit in our comfy living rooms sometimes and not think about those people in 3rd world countries whose very existence is threatened daily because they don’t have basic necessities. The three guys that ran this incredible journey started a website called h20Africa.org and you can find out more about the run on www.runningthesahara.com

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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