In a race where just finishing is considered to be a crowning achievement, Whistlers Jen Segger gave everything she had to finish an incredible 10 th among all women in the 20 th Annual Marathon de Sables.
This six-day, 245 km running race across the Sahara Desert, is among the most difficult ultra races in the world. Competitors have to be completely self-sufficient for the entire race, although food and water drops are placed strategically along the course.
Considering that this was her first time in the race, and that she was the second youngest competitor in the entire field, Seggers achievement was remarkable.
Segger averaged 6.96 km/h for the entire race, finishing the 245 course just five hours, 43 minutes and eight seconds behind the winner, Simone Kayuser Diederich of Luxembourg. Diederich finished the race in 29:36:03.
Segger was the top North American competitor, and was within an hour and four minutes of the top five.
Following the race Segger will have a few weeks off to heal before heading to Sunday River, Maine for a world adventure racing qualifier. Segger was recently selected to join Team Dirt, which is currently one of the strongest teams in the world.
For more information about the Marathon de Sables, visit www.darabaroud.com/uk/.