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When I first read the description of the expedition that the runners Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin planned to do I thought, "Wow!" Initially I assumed that these runners were going to run across the Sahara Desert south to north or vice versa, but when I realized that their plan was to run the Sarah from the Atlantic Ocean in Senegal in the west all the way to Egypt and the Red Sea om the east I thought "WOW!"
These ultra-endurance runners did something that most people cannot imagine. They ran the equivalent of 170 marathons in under four months' time, without taking a day off to do so.
I can't begin to imagine the stress and strain on their bodies, emotions, and souls as they plodded toward their goal. Compared to these guys I'm just a casual jogger (I compete in races only up to 1/2 marathons). My wife, who has run a few marathons, said that she's sometimes crying like a baby at the end of 26.2 miles, but the three runners in this film sometimes ran up to 2 marathons a day, every day, for over three months! Yikes!
The wear and tear on them is inestimable as they ran in temps on the ground up to 140oF and down to the low 30soF is unfathomable.
When you watch this film you will see the runners plodding along it's difficult to gauge just what their pace is, but it doesn't look especially fast, but remember that these guys are running something like 8-10 hrs/day. Maybe the film doesn't feel much like a running movie...well, that's not too surprising, since part of their goal was to experience the land and people of the Sahara and their need for access to water.
All in all I give this film 4 solid stars.Read more ›
All this being said, I found it shocking earlier this year when news surfaced that Charlie had been arrested for fraud as "IRS special agent Robert Nordlander began looking into Engle's finances after reading a story about the ultramarathon across the desert and wondered how Engle could afford to pay for such an adventure." This just goes to show, don't try to cheat the IRS, "they read the newspaper."
All this aside, "Running the Sahara" was an enjoyable documentary about Charlie, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin running over 4300 miles in 111 days across Africa, the equivalent of 170 marathons with no days off. Quite a feat to say the least! The cinematography was great as was the narration, which was done by Matt Damon, who also was an executive producer on the project. There were some expected testy moments as runners can get a little grumpy and running in sandstorms would likely make one extremely on edge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story and even great for watching while I'm on the mill on long runs. Sadly my neighbor hood is not safe for running outdoors so it's a good movie to run to.Published 6 months ago by cheerdanz
Big fan of Charlie Engle and enjoy watching this from time to time. Well made.Published 15 months ago by Shane W. Early
I really enjoyed watching this adventure. A must see if your a ultra running geek. The story was very well put together.Published 24 months ago by Donald Glass
Running The Sahara is a brilliant documentary documenting three individuals - Charlie, Ray and Kevin - who attempt to run across the the entirety of the Sahara - from Senegal to... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Dave Anthold
this was exactly what my brother in law was looking for! He loved it! It was delivered and everything was great!Published on July 28, 2013 by Betsy Mengel
The story is a relatively simple one - in 2006, three runners (Charlie Engle (USA), Ray Zahab (Canada) and Kevin Lin (Taiwan)) undertook a physical journey that no one had ever... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by kone
I expected a lot more from this video produced by Matt Damon. Its not exciting, its not thrilling, its not fun.Published on March 15, 2013 by Miguel Lopez
Great Movie, Definitely worth seeing. Extremely inspiring and really shows how your mind will quite before your body. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Carmen
If you've got an avid runner in your family or friend circle, this is a must have! My brother does Ironman triathlons and he loved this as a gift!Published on December 30, 2012 by Adean