Mt. Everest Summiter (with one arm) Gary Guller will participate in the 25th Marathon des Sables, a 250km (155 miles) race across the Sahara desert this April 2010. Gary is doing this to raise awareness and funds for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) March 5, 2010 -- The Marathon des Sables will cover 250km/155 miles (in sections approximate to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days - equivalent to six regular marathons. That's a speed of between three and 14 km an hour for competitors. Adding to the challenge, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs (food, clothes, medical kit, anti-venom kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.
Gary Guller is participating as member of Team Reeve, the athletic fundraising program of the Reeve Foundation.
"The freedom to explore is a freedom everyone should have, regardless of their ability or disability. We must find a cure for paralysis, period," says Gary Guller.
Competitors have to deal with extreme heat, different types of terrain, sandstorms and potentially hazardous insects and animals in the desert. Some of the longer stages will keep participants on the move well into the night.
Guller, 43, will leave for Morocco on March 28. The Marathon des Sables, begins April 2.
Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation, stated, "We are very excited that Gary chose to support the Reeve Foundation through his grueling endeavors. We wish him the best of luck and will be following his journey closely."
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