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The end of the race, cactus steals the Show

Stephen Homesy, an extreme runner from Washington, away on Tuesday during the third stage of the Marathon des Sables – one of the most demanding stages-ultra-ma

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The end of the race, cactus steals the Show

Stephen Homesy, an extreme runner from Washington, away on Tuesday during the third stage of the Marathon des Sables – one of the most demanding stages-ultra-marathon – from the usual line used by the other participants. "I run into the no-man's land?", the American wondered in the middle of the desert. There suddenly appeared a dog, Homesy followed him and found again in the Route. "I don't know why I followed him, but it looked as if he knew where it went through."

Yes, the dog knew exactly. He is the big Star of this year's race, the leads 230 kilometers through the Moroccan Sahara. The runners named the male stray Cactus. The four-legged friends showed up on Monday – the first leg on Sunday, he had skipped suddenly, and ran about 24 miles. The participants from the coils during the ultra marathons daily on average 38 kilometers over six days through the scorching heat. Cactus had his debut at the Monday enough and is a graduate of both the stage on Tuesday, as well as the Queen stage on Wednesday, 76 kilometers.

The 785 human participants – including 13 in Switzerland – had to have completed the longest stage of the race on Wednesday within 31 hours. Cactus needed just 11 hours and 15 minutes, some time he fought, even through a sand storm. Officially, the four-legged friend has brought so far, about 85 miles (136 km). For his performance he got a medal around my neck.

Cactus without aches and pains

"I know that he enjoys it," Karen Hadfield, an Anglo-quotes-Australian hotel Manager of the place where the Cactus came from, of NYtimes.com . You want to take the dog on Saturday, when the last stage comes to an end, in the destination. Until then, the Cactus remains officially in the race – even if the participation fee of 3500 US Dollar is still guilty. He gets up from the Official as well as by the participants of food and water administered. In contrast to the runners of the four-legged friend seems to have no bubbles of it collect, reports a present foot a nurse.

The Marathon of present Berber are all agreed that you have never seen anything like this. "Perhaps all of the participants bring in the next year their dogs," said a driver. Where Cactus, which was also flown on Friday to the stage, and all human participants are, you can watch live via satellite here. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 12.04.2019, 19:08 PM

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