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Desert Ultra | The Documentary

Desert Ultra the Documentary was recently released on YouTube with a live, lockdown premiere watched by runners from around the world.

27th April, 2020

Desert Ultra the Documentary was recently released on YouTube with a live, lockdown premiere watched by runners from around the world. If you were there to join us then THANK YOU. For the rest of you, never fear – the film is on youtube and free to watch.

This trail running documentary follows a multi-national group of runners (including Ex-on-the-Beach reality star David MacIntosh) as they race across 250km of burning hot Namib desert trail in 5 days as part of our Desert Ultra race.

With temperatures that regularly hit 50°c/120°F, no rest days, and a final stage which is over 90km/50 miles in length, this race takes every ounce of strength our runners have as they grind their way to the finish line, all whilst carrying every bit of equipment, food and medical kit they need to survive.

For the first time, we let Ryan Lovejoy – who made the Ice Ultra documentary in 2018) behind the scenes to follow the journey of the runners and the race team as we battled our way through boiling rocky valleys, desolate sandy river beds and highly protected conservation areas that support desert-adapted animals such as Zebras, Elephants and even Rhinos.

For some it’s a battle to break the course record, for others a fight to hang on and finish.  A fight which not all of them will win. The finish line is notoriously hard to reach but once there, the runners can claim to be one of the few.

Over the course of the film you’ll see a first time ultra-runner (Kasia Orzechowska) shock everyone by claiming an amazing course record, and our first Namibian runner to win the event in the indomitable Wim Steenkamp.

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