Sridhar Venkatesh has finished the world’s toughest footrace

Sridhar is the only person from India who has participated and ranked in the Marathon des Sables, a tough 250-km ultramarathon spread over six days.


The Marathon des Sables (or marathon of the sands) is held in the Sahara desert in Morroco.


The race was established by French concert promoter Patrick Bauer in 1986, two years after he had traversed the Sahara solo on foot. The distance each day is that of a standard 42.2 km marathon, and the race is open to men and women who take on the challenge of self sustenance (they run with their own food and supplies), temperatures that hover at 45 degree C during the day and 5 degree C at night, and difficult terrain — shifting sand dunes, stony river beds and rocky defiles.

Despite a hefty registration fee of USD 3,000 this year, not counting expenses on gear, the race drew 1,109 participants from nearly 50 countries, some as young as 17, some as old as 83.

Sridhar who co-founded and runs a company in Chennai finished 393rd in the race with people who continue the race with blisters and IV fluids.

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