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Townsend Ran 155 Miles Through the Sahara Desert!

Tags: brian townsend, egypt, high-stakes, running, sahara race 2012.
Posted on 09 November 2012 by "T".

Brian Townsend completed the Sahara Race 2012, a 5-day running competition in Egypt that began Oct. 28! It took him 53 hours to complete the 155-mile race through the extremely hot (and sometimes very cold) Sahara desert, and he finished 78th place out the 146 people who participated.

"Overall I came in 78th place out of the 146 people who started 116 who finished taking me 53 hours. If you had told me 10 days ago this would have been my result I would have probably thought this race was a huge failure. Having finishing now I am so proud of everything from finishing, my time to the people I met in this race. Reflecting back the best days were the toughest ones. If my race had been days 1,2 and 4 I would have had a much faster race, but a much different experience," Townsend said in his blog.

As you can imagine, the former high-stakes poker pro had been working extremely hard to prepare for the race...

"I spent a huge amount of time preparing and training for this race. I would not have made it if I hadn't had everything dialled in. I had every calorie I would eat accounted for, every piece of gear I would need, heat training and months of running. I am not a superstar runner but a strong one and this race was very hard for me. Everything seems so manageable reading about it ahead of time, but there are so many unforeseeable challenges in doing your first ultra. I just reread my blog and am so glad I kept it for myself and the memories as well as to share with everyone. I thought they would be some more whining in them and be a bit more emotional. Instead they seemed more like a factual account of what was going on."

Click here to read the entire blog post ("What A Journey") about his amazing experience. 


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5 comments on "Townsend Ran 155 Miles Through the Sahara Desert! "

 nipitiri309/11/2012 12:57:35 GMT
sooo he finished in da middle place not bad at all lol no idea why anyone wud want to suffer all that tho
 Fakiry09/11/2012 15:31:59 GMT
I remember when this was announced, and it’s good to see Brian Townsend’s results now. After all it wasn’t just a new-rich way of passing time, he dedicated time and effort to that event and he manage to come out in a very comfortable position for a first timer.
 DZaharov16/11/2012 19:05:00 GMT
He graduated from the UC Santa Barbara and played Lock for UCSB's 2005 league championship rugby team.
 Greenmohave16/11/2012 23:07:01 GMT
Well you know it's impressive for a poker player to perform so well in such a heated race, but as you can read, there's not a lot of people that do this. i mean the whole race had a 146 contenders. I know I couldn't do it.
 damosk17/11/2012 11:32:48 GMT
Why would anyone want to run through the desert? It sounds a really insane thing to do when you could be sitting at a nice hot poker table racking up a nice stack in a suitably attired pokerroom in some exclusive venue!

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