Running across scorched terrain is not a feat for the faint-hearted, and the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) in the Sahara is one of pain and endurance.

The 251km ultramarathon is the distance of six regular marathons with the longest single stage being 91 kilometres long. It is the race that would put Greece’s own Pheidippides to shame.

Greek runner Spyros Rois is getting ready to take part in the multi-day event in southern Morroco from 5-15 April. His goal is to raise funds for the “Orama Elpidas” Volunteer Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

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Two years the athlete was also in the public spotlight after swimming 80 kms across the Saronic Gulf to raise funds for Syllogos Pisti for families of children with neoplasmatic illnesses.