Why would you want to run 250 kilometres across a desert? Well that's a question the 200 people who sign up for the annual Atacama Crossing will ask themselves several times, maybe in the same hour.
The answer lies in the unique joy that comes from pushing your body through an intense experience – especially in a part of the world that is as remote and remarkable as the Atacama desert. Runners can expect extreme temperatures as high as 30° C during the day and as low as zero at night.
The race involves not only extreme heat, but hunger and discomfort. (Once sand gets in your shoe, it acts like a cheese grater on your skin – just see pics #11 and #12). But travelling such a huge distance across such an incredible landscape brings a reward that few experiences can match. Enjoy the visual ride below, and salute the brave who take part.