California Challenge

California Challenge

By Alice Hunter Morrison, Moroccan-based Journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, RunUltra, and Special Correspondent to Hope So Bright

April 4, 2016

Linda Sanders, philanthropist and ultra runner from Manhattan Beach, California has brought together a group of world champion runners to challenge for the crown at Marathon des Sables, the toughest footrace on earth. She is doing it to draw attention to ADHD which affects one in ten children in the USA.
Harvey Sweetland Lewis (USA) winner of Badwater® 135 and Jason Schlarb, multi-ultra winner (USA), will run with three other top international athletes, Marco Olmo (Italy), Carlos Sa (Portugal) and Ricardo Mejia Hernandez (Mexico), in the team competition at Marathon des Sables 2016.
The team has been assembled by USA Ultra Runner, Linda Sanders, to create awareness of the plight of children suffering from ADHD. A staggering one in ten children in the USA is diagnosed with the condition and seven billion dollars a year is spent on drugs. Their team name is called IRun4Ultra.
The Marathon des Sables is called the Toughest Footrace on Earth. It is six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The middle marathon is a double. Temperatures regularly reach 50 degrees C. The terrain is arduous with endless miles of sand dunes and salt flats, interspersed with rocky trails. Competitors must be self-sufficient and carry all their own food and equipment for the week. Water is rationed. Dehydration and bloodied feet are the enemy, but contestants who need to be put on a drip incur time penalties for using extra water.
Schlarb says of his participation in the Marathon des Sables for Team I Run 4 Ultra, “I am proud to represent Hope So Bright at the Marathon des Sables race. Helping children is certainly one of the most important things anyone can do in life and I am honored, inspired and humbled to represent Hope So Bright and their amazing cause.”
Please find attached a full article and sample photographs. High-Resolution pictures are available on request through Dropbox. For more photos or any further information please contact ALICE on [email protected]
If you need to contact us by phone, our USA-based team are:
• Erika Dial + 1 (310) 374-2862 [email protected]
• Linda Sanders or Lisa Enriquez + 1 (310) 374-2862 [email protected]
• For more information on Hope So Bright please check out www.hopesobright.org

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