One interesting aspect of the Marathon des Sables is that each of the awards is named for a sponsor. I and the rest of Dreamchasers USA team were awarded the Buff Trophy for finishing third. In a beautiful coincidence, I and others in the American contingent fell in love with the enormously versatile Buff during […]
Anyone who has run a self-sufficient stage race knows that the contents of your backpack become the foundation of your world throughout the week. Need to take care of a problem? A solution had better be in the pack, because if it’s not there, you’re SOL. Fortunately, my 25 liters of supplies were more than […]
Wish I could have posted results earlier, but I missed a small window to post in camp after the Stage 4 results were posted and have been tied up since we arrive back in Ouarzazate yesterday afternoon. Anyway, I finished the full marathon distance Stage 4 in 3:42, which was good enough for 26th on […]
As noted earlier, this MdS is unique in that we have not been made aware of future stages in advance. In the evening after Stage 2 we were told that Stage 3 would not be the already longer than usual 80k, but instead 91k/56 miles. We were told it was not an April fools joke […]
Stage 2 went well for me, the Dreamchasers, & Meghan. My effort was slightly reduced today – by necessity & design. I started without any major complaint & finished the same way. However, I felt I went right at threshold yesterday & have the long stage tomorrow. Still cool, but slightly hotter & windy. Today’s […]
I received an education in dunes today. Completed Dunes 101, 102, & am cramming hard for my 201 final tomorrow. When the difference between running fast or slow in a race is at issue, you learn quickly. Long story short, another temperate day. I felt that I gave an honest effort – actually a bit […]
Bryon Powell – 869; Ted Archer – 868; Michael Wardian – 870Team Dreamchasers USA on the morning before the first stage.Bon Voyage!
I’m excited to share that the 2009 Marathon des Sables will start at 9 tomorrow morning. I’ve not shared how real the possibility of race cancellation has been. While the rain may make for “interesting” running, it makes driving large trucks to remote bivouacs and control points even more tenuous. Regardless, game on! Today’s focus […]
Here’s some proof of the rain in the Sahara. Check out the drops in the pool. It’s raining steadily again and there have been a few peals of thunder.
While we have not been told the specifics as to why, yesterday’s rain has already affected this year’s Marathon des Sables. Today’s Admin Day at the bivouac has been canceled. More important, tomorrow’s first stage has been canceled and will not be made up. The race will lose 30 km (18.6 miles) to total “only” […]
iRunFar fans, friends, and family, on Wednesday I arrived safe and sound (and, more importantly, with all my gear) in Morocco. In the past three days, I’ve had enough adventures to satisfy me for quite awhile and we’re not even started yet. There was Wednesday’s impromptu tour de cafes in Casablanca with Meghan, four fellow […]
A sample nutritional plan for running the Marathon des Sables.
In little over a week, I’ll be toeing the line for the first stage of the Marathon des Sables, an event that will be the most difficult challenge of my running career. Set south of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, the Marathon des Sables is a 7-day, 6-stage footrace across the Sahara Desert in which competitors carry […]
A review of the Montrail Mountain Masochist trail running shoe.
While some Marathon des Sables competitors spend months agonizing over their gear choices, none is more important than one’s choice of shoes. Sure, finding the right pack is important, but the shoe is the foundation of every step… whether your racing or walking across the desert. This post is not intended to instruct an MdS […]