We are back with another story from the Sahara in this the 18th version of InnerTalks. This year we trained 4 guys to run the famous Marathons Des Sables and in InnerTalks Marcus hosted them on stage as they discussed:
Why run this race
This was not the beginning, it’s just the start
The long day
A world of disconnection
Background on MDS:
The marathon was the brainchild of French concert promoter Patrick Bauer who in 1984 traversed the Sahara desert on foot and alone. He covered 350 km (214 mi) in 12 days without encountering a singleoasisor desert community along the way. Two years later in 1986 the firstMarathon des Sableswas run. Twenty-three runners participated in the race with Bernard Gaudin and Christiane Plumere, both of France, finishing as the winning man and woman. By 2009 over 1,000 runners participated in the event and theSolidarité Marathon des Sablesassociation was created. The aim is to develop projects to assist children and disadvantaged populations in the domains of health, education and sustainable development in Morocco.
Rickson had already done this race in 2018 and went back for more this year with novice runners Akber, Vikram and Carl. This interview is the raw and at times emotional truth of the experience these guys had. They summed things up super well and left the audience with a lot to think about.