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Author: Pieter Steyn

Sandes to tame the Alps

After arguably one of the toughest years of his career in 2015, ultra endurance trail runner, Ryan Sandes has come back with one thing on his mind, his unfinished business with the trail run of all trail runs – Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) taking place on Friday 26 August. Unfortunately due to his Glandular Fever last year, Sandes was unable to complete the race, but is determined to finish strong in 2016 and finally tame the Alps. “I’m really looking forward to running the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc this year. It’s the most competitive ultra-trail race in the world...

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Running with Depression

Depression…ohh boy everyone hide! The consistent and unrelenting feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness that affects your ability to function (eat, sleep, work, enjoy life) daily. All of us go through highs and lows in life, but sometimes, the lows can pull us into a dark place where it feels like there is no way out. The problem is when things get so bad that you go in deeper to a place where you cannot get back from. I have been struggling with this illness form my early childhood but I want to focus on the more recent years....

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Returning to Happiness

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings I think I finally understand what this quote means. Happiness remains the most cherished yet elusive of all human desires. If you do not step outside the door, you will never know where life might take you. Hold onto that…and make the decision every day to “step out” So when you achieve your goals things can take a bit of...

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Xuanzang’s Way | The story of the inaugural 400km Ultra Trail Gobi Race

What is to be gained from running a 400-kilometre nonstop foot race through one of the most inhospitable deserts on the planet? Is there a benefit or just simply insanity? In this short film, ultra-running journalist Bryon Powell explores the reasons that compel this small group of athletes to place themselves in the middle of the Gobi Desert tracing parts of the historical Silk Road. “When you go out there in something like a 400km race there’s no chance not to strip away the veneer of what your personality is” A Production by The African Attachment Produced by Greg Fell & Dean Leslie Directed by Andrew King Cinematography by Andrew King & Dave Fisher Offline Editor: Matthew James Online Editor: Deon van Zyl Assistant Editor: Caroline Brouckaert Production Assistant: Linda Steynberg Final Audio Mix: Kalata Soundmasons Music: Ladybug In My Tea & Brand New Day supplied by Music Box Licensing When We Left by Salomon Ligthelm Additional Score: Signpost Sound Featuring: Bryan Powell He Runyu Jeri Chua Betsy Kalmeyer Dale Garland Qu Xiangdong Benoit Laval Chinese Support Team Grace Gao Qu Xiangdong Yuan Yuan Gary Zhang Xiaozhao Zhao Jing Chen Feng Ma XinBing Zhao Event Photographer Nick Muzik Special thanks to Canon South...

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