Time magazine calls the race one of the top 10 endurance competitions in the world due to the harsh conditions and the fact that it is self-supporting. Water rations are provided, but all the racers run and walk over the sandy terrain carrying their own supplies of food, gear and clothing on their backs.
They are expected to cover close to 25 or 50 miles in a day to get to the next group campsite, where they will sleep together in tents and have access to a fire tended by Bedouins.
Mr. Nibbi says he is excited to be meeting so many people from different countries. Out of 157 racers, he is one of nine Americans, and one of the youngest competitors this year.
He has run ultra marathons before, and has spent these past few months getting race-ready by running long distances in Huddart Park up to Skyline Boulevard, as well as surfing, cycling, backpacking and lifting weights.
As a geography major, Mr. Nibbi has studied current international issues. That focus helped him select a cause that could benefit from his efforts. He says his goal "is to use the race to raise money for Water.org — an international nonprofit that works on water security and sanitation in the developing world."
So far, he has raised more than $2,000.
Visit tinyurl.com/Quench-593 for information on donating to the cause.
Visit 4deserts.com/sahararace to watch his progress during the race.
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