If your last sporting feat was to run 50 marathons in 50 days, how could you take it to the next level? Dean “Ultramarathon Man” Karnazes came up with this: run 1,000km (621 miles) across four inhospitable deserts, through temperatures as high as 40C and as low as -40C, and end up in a blizzard in Antarctica.
It would be the ultimate ultramarathon, and even for Karnazes - an athlete who has been held up as a perfect specimen of physical fitness and examined by doctors in the interests of medical science - it was almost too much. “I’ve never known a challenge like it,” admitted the 46-year-old American as he boarded a boat for home last week in a snowstorm.
Last March, Karnazes was one of a handful of runners hoping to be first to complete the Four Desert Challenge in one year. The Read more>>