Los Alamos Runner Completes Marathon des Sables

Los Alamos runner Garth Reader joins 1,000 others crossing the Sahara in the 28 Annual Marathon des Sables last week. Photo by Cimbaly E. Sampers, courtesy of

Marathon des Sables official website

Staff report:

Los Alamos runner Garth Reader has completed the timed portion of the 28 Annual Marathon des Sables (Marathon of Sands.)

The six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon (the equivalent of six regular marathons) is considered the toughest foot race on earth.

Competitors from all over the world travel to Morocco to race across the Sahara desert, in 110-degree temperatures.

Runners are provided with food and water, but must carry their other supplies with them.

More than 1,000 participants took part, 65 of them from the U.S. and Canada.

Reader placed 110 overall, 9 in his division. He placed 3 among U.S. runners, reported his wife Lisa Reader.

He completed the longest stage – almost 76K (47.22 miles) – in under 12 hours, she said. Official results are not yet available.

The race is not over for Reader. Although it’s not timed, Saturday’s final leg across the Merzouga dunes, sponsored by UNICEF, is compulsory.


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