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Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  5 reviews
How one man abandoned corporate America to discover himself in the Raid Gauloises, a torturous eight-to-twelve day adventure race across hundreds of miles of hostile wilderness and extreme weather.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published October 18th 1999 by International Marine Publishing (first published 1998)
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The author is a journalist and does a good job. The theme is the relatively new sport of adventuring racing which started in the mid-90s. People who enter races that are intentionally created to be difficult are a different breed from me. I don't understand why they would give up so much of their lives (family, work, etc.) for such a cause. My only guess is races are measurable - you know how well you are doing. But in the race of life we don't have such clear feedbacks.

However, I enjoyed readin
Aug 24, 2007 Louisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: endurance racers, adventure racers, couch potato wannabe adventurers
Shelves: 2007summer
Now I know where Mark Burnett got his inspiration for the reality show, Survivor. He was part of the Raid Gauloises in Madagascar, which is covered here in detail. The writer is a self-described former office jockey who covered two races before attempting one himself. He and his team did not complete the Raid in Patagonia, but there is plenty to learn from failure.
This is one man's chronicle of leaving the corporate world to cover and ultimately compete in the early days of adventure racing. An interesting read.
I so want to do that (adventure race)!
Dave Tobin
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