Greek Athlete Participates in Toughest Race on Earth

Spiros Logothetis has begun the Herculean task of finishing in the toughest foot race in the world, which takes place annually in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco.

The Greek athlete is currently competing in the six-day, 251 km (156 mile) ultramarathon, which is scheduled to finish on Sunday.

The “Marathon des Sables” (French for “Marathon of the Sands”) was the brainchild of French concert promoter Patrick Bauer, who in 1984 traversed the Sahara desert on foot — and alone.

He covered 350 km (214 miles) in twelve days without encountering a single oasis or desert community along the way. Two years later, in 1986, the first Marathon des Sables was held.

Since then, thousands of athletes have competed in the race, which is recognized as one of the most grueling on the face of the earth. Logothetis is the ninth Greek citizen who has taken part.