MARATHON DES SABLES PERU, STAGE 5-42k: “SNAKE” BY GEDIMINAS GRINIUS

 

Marathon des Sables Peru saw its fith stage yesterday, with Rachid el Morabity and Nathalie Mauclair leading the pack as the finish line comes ever closer. After previous notes on  prerace report with favorites and race data, the bivouac zero experience, thoughts on the simple life, survival creativity and hunger, today our special correspondent Gediminas Grinius shares into the snake feeling that he feels his boday as morphing into

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“SNAKE” by Gediminas Grinius. 

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I am literally running out of my own skin and parts of my body is falling apart. Lips and toes stoped being one piece and their nudity already is new norm. This is the moment, when being the snake, sounds like amazing option – able regrow it and run painless.

Nothings there is painless at MDS and everyone pays his own price. Blisters, headaches, vomiting and peeing blood are the symptoms which almost everyone suffers. Dehydration, heat stroke and high internal temperature are things what MDS’ers risk here each day and being not snakes they can’t transfer the heat into energy. But medical crew can and each day heals hundreds of runners and prepares them for more suffering next day. Those who survives the stage come back and do it over and over again – ultras like suffering.

However, people in the camp step by step are changing, talks becoming louder, smiles getting bigger and laugh just confirms that just one day stage left to become real desert snake!

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Stage Ranking (Provisional)
Men’s Top 5

BIB 1st NAME SURNAME NAT. Team Time Avg.
001 Rachid EL MORABITY MAR 3:12:51 13,07
003 Remigio HUAMAN QUISPE PER INKANSABLES 3:15:07 12,92
112 Erik CLAVERY FRA TEAM France 3:24:04 12,35
236 Gediminas GRINIUS LTU 3:30:02 12,00
378 Aldo RAMIREZ PER INKANSABLES 3:31:12 11,93

Women’s Top 5

BIB 1st NAME SURNAME NAT. Team Time Avg.
114 Nathalie MAUCLAIR FRA TEAM France 3:59:00 10,54
365 Mélanie ROUSSET FRA WAA TEAM 4:30:19 9,32
215 Rocío CARRIÓN PER PROMPERU 4:46:30 8,80
153 Josephine ADAMS GBR 4:58:34 8,44
340 Aydee SOTO QUISPE PER PROMPERU 5:03:04 8,32

General Classification (Provisional)
Men’s Top 5

BIB 1st NAME SURNAME NAT. Team Time Avg.
001 Rachid EL MORABITY MAR 20:22:43 10,89
378 Aldo RAMIREZ PER INKANSABLES 22:21:03 9,93
112 Erik CLAVERY FRA TEAM France 22:30:23 9,86
111 Julien CHORIER FRA TEAM France 22:36:32 9,82
236 Gediminas GRINIUS LTU 22:57:37 9,67

Women’s Top 5

BIB 1st NAME SURNAME NAT. Team Time Avg.
114 Nathalie MAUCLAIR FRA TEAM France 24:22:35 9,11
365 Mélanie ROUSSET FRA WAA TEAM 27:46:03 7,99
215 Rocío CARRIÓN PER PROMPERU 30:33:20 7,27
340 Aydee SOTO QUISPE PER PROMPERU 31:39:54 7,01
395 Renee ROMERO SAYRITUPAC PER EJERCITO PERUANO 32:03:10 6,9

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MARATHON DES SABLES PERU 2017: RACE DIARY BY GEDIMINAS GRINIUS. 

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