Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Travel Haiku - 4th Marathon des Sables (March 29-April 4)


Marathon des Sables
we look back at the footprints
of moses' exodus

Marathon des Sables
we egg ourselves on
in the spirit of the exodus

Marathon des Sables
breathless but we walk on
in the spirit of Moses

Marathon des Sables
a spirit of Moses sweeps through
the Sahara

no mannas from heaven
nevertheless
desert walkers

Having just completed one of the hardest and most intense footraces in the world, participants in the 24th Marathon des Sables (March 29-April 4) head home today, exhausted but proud. The 150-mile ultramarathon lasts for seven long days through the blazing Sahara desert around Ouarzazate, Morocco. Some 800 competitors take on the grueling challenge, which requires all runners to carry their own food, water, and equipment on their backs as they journey across the rocky desert landscape. Only a carefully rationed 2.4 gallons of water and local tents are provided by the organizers.

Submitted: Monday, April 06, 2009
Edited: Monday, April 06, 2009

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