Ryan beats the sands of time at Atacama

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Wed 17 Mar '10

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Ryan Sandes has time for a smile after Atacama

South African ultra-man Ryan Sandes took his place in Atacama Crossing history last week as he completed the 6 day brute in less than 24 hours – winning by almost 6 hours in the process. For the uninitiated the Atacama Crossing is a footrace across one of the most unforgiving desserts in the world – through the heart of Chile…

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For those in the know it was no great surprise to see the South African win at Atacama. After all he has already won the 2008 Gobi March, the Sahara Race and the 2009 Jungle Marathon, to name a few. He has also been the subject of a film (Wandering Fever) which documents his achievements at Gobi, and a really nice feature on Gripmastertrails.com recently.

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Having been in the presence of the man (albeit briefly) this week (and watch him edge away up the hills!) I can say that he appears a humble guy, just one of the gang – but he quite obviously isn’t. A jewel in the ultra dessert, Ryan Sandes will be around for a very long time I suspect, and will break record after record along the way. His ambition is to become the first person to win all four of the great dessert races, those of Gobi, Sahara, Antarctica and Atacama – with three now in the bag, who would bet against him going to Antarctica in November to complete the set?!

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Visit Ryans site for full updates and other cool stuff…

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  1. beccy Mar 19, 11:31 AM

    what an inspiring guy!

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