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'Running the Sahara' makes its debut

'Running the Sahara' makes its debut

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Prominent politicians and athletes showed up Monday night for the premiere of "Running the Sahara, " a documentary detailing an unprecedented run across the Sahara Desert two years ago by three ultra marathon runners, including Taiwan's Kevin Lin.
Lin, along with American Charlie Engle and Canadian Ray Zahab, made history when they ran 6,920 kilometers (according to their GPS record) in 111 days from Senegal on Africa's western coast to Cairo, Egypt, passing through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Libya on the way.
Forced to run an average of more than one and a half marathons (64 kilometers) a day in intense heat and wind, with ground temperatures reaching up to 54 degrees Celsius, the runners battled an array of ailments such as cramping, diarrhea, and tendinitis to achieve their goal.
Intent on completing the run in 111 days, they ran the final 600 kilometers in five days on a total of only five hours of sleep to arrive at the Red Sea on Feb. 20, 2007.
The runners' tribulations, including detours caused by storms and fighting that extended their journey by hundreds of kilometers, are graphically captured in the film, directed by James Moll and narrated and executive-produced by Matt Damon.
Lin said Monday that running forced him to consider what he wanted to do, and he wanted to dedicate the movie to people who had reached a crossroads in their life and could not figure out how to move forward.
President Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and a number of prominent local athletes including taekwondo Olympians Chu Mu-yen and Su Li-wen, basketball star Tien Lei, and baseball star Chiang Tai-shan, were all present at the premiere at Warner Village in Taipei's Xinyi district.
The film will officially begin its run in local theaters on May 8.
(By Luke Sabatier)




Updated : 2021-07-28 14:30 GMT+08:00