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Friday, August 1 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Desert Runners

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Imagine you have been dropped off in the middle of one of the largest, driest deserts in the World. Over the next six days you will have to run, walk or crawl 155 miles through incessant heat, across hard-packed gravel, over sand dunes and sharp rocky cliffs. You must do this carrying everything you need to survive„clothes, food, medical supplies, sleep gear„ in a 20-pound pack on your back.Now imagine doing this not just once, but four times in one year, through the four most treacherous deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egyptƒ and then the final stage, through the most inhospitable landscape on Earth, Antarctica.Last year, a famous professional athlete became the first person to successfully complete the '4 Desert Series Grand Slam' (all four races in the same year). But now, the brave competitors you will meet are not professional athletes at all„ theyÍre ordinary people who have decided for a variety of personal reasons to take on this extreme physical challenge. DESERT RUNNERS is an intimate, character-driven story which chronicles the year-long journey of these unique competitors, revealing the mindset necessary for human beings to succeed at ñimpossibleî goals. Not everyone will finish, but all will push on through many obstacles-- both expected and unexpected, external and internal-- embracing joy, pain, and the inherent lessons. Ultimately, they will celebrate the emotional victory of the crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out.  A BRINGING SCIENCE TO THE SCREEN EVENT

USA | 2013 | Runtime: 92 min. 

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Desert Runners

A diverse group of non-professional runners attempt to complete the four most difficult ultra marathons on Earth.  The four races bring them to the world's most picturesque and brutal deserts-- in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica-- where they will push their bodies, minds and spirits... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Redfield Auditorium, Redfield Building, WHOI 86 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

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