African Parks teams complete Le Treg Ultramarathon
Temperatures reached 40˚C during the day, dropping to 7˚C at night, making it a unique test of physical and mental endurance for all members of the two teams.
Winner of the 90km event was Adoum Issakha from Team Zakouma who finished in a record time of 18 hours 30 minutes. Participants were permitted 30 hours to complete the non-stop course.
Adoum and the Zakouma team ran to honour the memory of the six Zakouma rangers killed in an ambush by Sudanese poachers in 2012. African Parks’ aimed to show the Chadian Government their commitment to establishing Ennedi as a protected area, and to restore its biodiversity. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week.
Famous for its towering rock arches, rock art spanning thousands of years, and undulating yellow sands, Ennedi is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site.