Desert Runners Documentary – Review

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3CC03B51-3F31-40AA-9B80-60A501E2A072I typically do not write about Running or endurance running, but I wanted to share with you this fantastic film. Desert Runners is a film that takes you all across the planet to follow several endurance runners attempting to achieve what most people have never even heard of.

The race is called the 4 Deserts race. The 4 races are in the  Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt , and Antarctica. Completing all four races in one year is known as the 4 Desert Series “Grand Slam” The first man to ever successfully complete this feat  was world- famous “Ultramarathon Man,” Dean Karnazes.  The documentary follows several runners Ricky, Samantha, Dave, and Tremaine who are competing to join the few who hold the title of being a  4 Desert Series “Grand Slam” runner.

Ricky, is an ex-professional baseball player from the United States. He is naturally athletic and experienced, but this time Mother Nature — and his own body — might prove to be his most formidable opponents yet.
Samantha is an over-committed, over-organized law student from Australia. She dreams of being the first woman and the youngest competitor ever to finish the “Grand Slam.” But unexpected events amidst the chaotic nature of the desert challenge her ability to control life’s circumstances.

Dave is an ageing Irish Businessman, who’s young at heart and usually able to “pull anything off.” Now, in the middle of the desert, he must ask himself a painful, personal question: does getting older really change what you are capable of?

And Tremaine, a British bodyguard who’s been trained to kill, has come to run these deserts in honor of his wife, who died less than a year ago leaving him alone with two young children. As he attempts to redefine his life, he can’t help but wonder if being pushed to the physical extremes will break him down completely… or heal him?

Desert Runners” delves deep into the psychology of these ultramarathon athletes, revealing the mindset necessary for human beings to succeed at the “impossible.” Not everyone will finish. People get hurt, tragedy strikes, unexpected events take place. But the runners push through these immense challenges, embracing the pain and its inherent lessons. Ultimately, they celebrate the emotional victory of crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out.

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A fantastic documentary that shows the spirit of the athletes as well as the spirit of the races themselves. I highly recommend you watch it if you enjoy the amazing human spirit take you on a wild and amazing adventure.

To learn more about Dessert Runners please visit their website at You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Use the Promo code RUNNERS to get 10% off when purchasing the documentary.

Full Disclosure: I was provided at not cost access to a media screening version edition of the final documentary. This did not influence my review in any way. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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