Runner in his 50s dies in grueling Sahara Desert race known as world’s toughest
A MAN died during a grueling multi-day race through the Sahara Desert.
The anonymous runner was competing in the 2021 Marathon des Sables when the tragic incident occurred on Monday.
It is understood that he collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest as a result of fainting while on the dunes of Merzouga.
The man is believed to be in his 50s and has already completed the first part of the race.
According to the organizers, he had met all the medical conditions to compete.
After collapsing, he was spotted by two other runners, who triggered a distress beacon.
He was taken by helicopter to a nearby medical center but could not be rescued after 45 minutes of resuscitation.
The gigantic event is known for its difficulty and has been dubbed the toughest race in the world.
It takes place in the southern Moroccan part of the Sahara for about 250 km and extends over seven days.
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This is the third fatality the race has seen in its 35-year history, according to Newsweek.
The race is known as an “ultamarathon” because of its physical and mental demands over a long period of time.
A spokesperson for the race said: “After collapsing he was immediately rescued by two other competitors who are also medics.
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“They triggered the SOS button on his beacon and started the CPR protocol.”
A minute of silence will be observed by the competitors before the start of the third stage.
Meanwhile, Spain boss Luis Enrique took part in the event and is known as an extreme sports addict.