As members of Team IronGuate, we will use this blog to document our journey towards completing the famous Marathon des Sables race in April of 2016.
We are a team of 5 Guatemalan friends who have had some experience dealing with endurance sports. The 5 of us are Ironman triathlon finishers and have remained fairly active in terms of sports. However, none of us has ever attempted to run more than a marathon nor a multi-day event, so we are all entering unchartered territory, which will be part of the fun.
As part of our journey, we have chosen to support a charity, "Extraordinary Guatemalans", that is doing incredible work, providing hope and opportunities for underpriviledged and at-risk children.
We hope to interact and receive words of wisdom, support and advice from many of you along our way to the Sahara Dessert.
About the race:
The Marathon des Sables is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth.
Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried.
Imagine yourself in the Sahara desertwith nothing but rolling sand dunes for miles around.
When you plough your feet through the sand, a fine dust kicks up. You can’t feel the sweat dripping down your face because it’s evaporating in the baking heat. Your lungs feel parched. Today’s temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees centigrade). Part of your brain is screaming at you to stop, right now, to drop out of the race, but the other part of your brain is stronger. The other part of your brain knows that when you complete the final stage of the Marathon des Sables, you will have run the equivalent of five and a half marathons in five or six days, a total distance of some 251 km – 156 miles*. (*Subject to the race route)
No one can deny that finishing the MdS is an incredible accomplishment. But more importantly, you will walk away with a new slant on life - that you can achieve anything you set your mind to do.
Team IronGuate: Gabe, Fausto, Chofo, Chisco, Cokiko