Garth Reader Shares Sahara Desert Race Experience

Los Alamos athlete Garth Reader presented a talk Dec. 10 to the Rotary Club on his participation in the Marathon Des Sables Race across Sahara Desert. Reader finished the ultra race ninth in his division and 110 overall. The week-long, 156 mile race began April 7. He described a typical day as waking up with the sun, eating breakfast, packing equipment and picking up water rations. His tent would be knocked down as he made his way to the starting line for the day’s briefings. He typically covered 4-6 miles per day and on his longest day, Reader completed about 8 miles in 145 degree heat. Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson attended Reader’s talk at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos athlete Garth Reader, left, with Rotary President Jim Nesmith at the Dixie Girl Restaurant Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Garth Reader answers questions about his marathon race from Rotarians Peggy Durbin, left, and Judy Goldie following his presentation Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/