Friday, February 12, 2010

Running The Sahara

For some, running around the block is a big accomplishment. For others, a 5k, 10k or a marathon. Then you have your ultramarathoners, who are a breed apart. Taken to the extreme, there are those who choose to run across states and countries. But what about continents? And inhospitable deserts?

About Running the Sahara
Running the Sahara chronicles an attempt by three ultra marathoners to run across the entire length of Africa’s Sahara Desert, tackling not only the elements, but also unimaginable physical and emotional obstacles. Their goal is to run through Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt, anticipating two marathons per day, for eighty days - without a day off. The expedition spans 4,300 miles (6,920 kilometers) and passes through six countries. Charlie Engle from the United States, Kevin Lin from Taiwan, and Ray Zahab from Canada, have run together in marathons before. But this expedition is different. It’s a grueling test of will – a story about the human spirit under fire – and a chance to accomplish something that no known person has ever achieved.

About the Premiere
If you live in the Seattle area, Running the Sahara premieres at the Admiral Theater (in West Seattle) on Wednesday, March 10, 6:30pm. Please use this link,, and enter promo code GROUPSALE (case sensitive) to receive $5 off the ticket price. Advance online purchases are available until 4pm PDT on the day of the event and are available at the door for $35. Your ticket includes admission to the screening, a Running the Sahara DVD, and a post film Q & A with ultra runner and film star, Charlie Engle. Charlie will be available to autograph DVD's.

This should be a great event! Hope to see you there!


  1. Hi Colin,
    Wow, you are a freelance illustrator and a musician! What instrument do you play? My daughter plays the sax. So, it looks like you are very creative:) Excellent!! I like that!

    Thanks for the tip on the book. I hope that you have a great weekend:)

  2. Hi Julie!
    Thanks for the comments! I play bass and sing. My band and I have recorded two CDs, but we're kind of on hiatus right now. I hope your daughter keeps up the sax playing!
    Good luck with your training. I just found your blog and enjoyed reading some of your accounts!
    Take care!

  3. sing too!!! Thanks for your kind words:) I will have to go back and read your earlier posts too!

  4. Hmmmm, funny - I have seen something just like this recently :) Enjoy the film!

  5. Yeah, Tim, I saw you had the same deal on your blog. Very cool! Hope plenty of people attend!

  6. I hope we get to see this in SA. With Ryan Sandes winning desert races the interest here has certainly grown. Unfortunately some movies, DVD's and books are never seen in our country.