Friday, September 30, 2005

Is that camp or a mirage? - Day 5

I've really been enjoying the daily posts from Matthew Chapman who is one of the competitors of the Sahara Race. He seems to describe the pain and suffering so well...
...Hitting the 71km checkpoint 23 at 6.30pm, I looked ahead and could vaguely make out camp 9km in front high on a hill. Over the next hour, camp never seemed to move closer. The final kilometers were the toughest. I was elated to reach the finish line. For the next three hours, I lay at the finish in the sand, surrounded by tired bodies also too fatigued to move.
Day 5 was an 80km undertaking that surprisingly only saw a few people drop from the race. Race officials treated competitors to a treat of refreshing cold water at a mandatory checkpoint today.

Don't miss the final day of the race tomorrow.

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