In the Sahara desert, in scorching 120-degree heat, "one Hell of a run" is undertaken by 600 athletes from 28 different countries. Competitors must carry their own provisions, clothes, and bedding and have to cover 150 forbidding, arid miles to complete the marathon. Members of the group who are interviewed along the way describe the physical and emotional strain, their thoughts about participating in this agonizing experience voluntarily, and the methods they use to psych themselves up to keep running to the end. (At one point, some hardy souls boost their shriveled spirits with their own rendition of "Singing in the Rain.") The program, presented by Outside Magazine, provides some insight into human notions, daring, and tenacity -- and offers those who consider entering such a race an idea of what they might be asking for.
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