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'Desert Runners' film, fundraiser showcases runners who seek extreme challenge

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 4:33 pm

"Desert Runners," a documentary about people who set out to run the four most difficult ultramarathon races on Earth, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in the banquet room at the Pine Valley Country Club, 10900 Pine Mills Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are a donation of $5 per person and are available at www.preventionfortwayne.eventbrite.com.

Proceeds from the event will go toward providing running shoes for local needy children. The film screening is sponsored by Prevention Fort Wayne and Three Rivers Running Company.

"Desert Runners" focuses on average people who seek an extreme physical challenge by running, all in the same year, RacingThePlanet’s 4Desert Ultramarathon Series races, it says on the film website, www.desertrunnersmovie.com. The one-hour, 39-minute film was released in June in the United Kingdom.

The seven-day, 150-mile races take place in the four most treacherous deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt and a trek across Antarctica, the website says.

Race organizers chose the locations because they are, respectively, the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest places on Earth, the website says.

"Along the way, these courageous competitors face the thrill of danger, the heart-wrenching agony of physical pain and mental defeat, and the emotional victory of crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out," the website says.