Atacama Crossing Update

We’re two days into The Atracama Crossing, the latest of the “4 Deserts” series of ultramarathons put on by Yesterday, 80 competitors struck off for a week long race across the Atracama Desert in Chile, a harsh and unforgiving environment which would make running a marathon tough at any time. Let alone six of them in a row.

Stage 1 was run yesterday, and was won by Robert Jarvis of New Zealand. Robert covered the 32 mile course in 4 hours, 48 minutes, 49 seconds. Second place was claimed by Jonathan Bailey of the U.K. just 8 minutes back, and third went to Sean Hartman, who finished in 5 hours, 7 minutes, and 59 seconds. Sally Sanigar of Australia was the top female finisher, coming in 16th overall, with a time of 6 hours, 37 minutes, 53 seconds.

The leaderboard has not been updated with todays results, but the Breaking News page says that six competitors have completed today’s stage, which was a mere 22 miles in length. Of course, when you’re running in a desert that is 50 times more arid than Death Valley, walking would be enough to tax most people.

The race will continue throughout this week as the competitors run across the horizontal length of Chile, in a real test of strength and endurance. But on the bright side, at least it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. 🙂

Kraig Becker

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