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Jukka running across the Sahara: "The dunes were majestic. I´m a dune freak, so I was on fire while running on top of the dunes!"
courtesy Jukka Viljanen
Book cover.
courtesy Jukka Viljanen

Debrief Jukka Viljanen’s Sahara Run: sandstorms and soldiers

Posted: Oct 23, 2012 03:53 pm EDT

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(Newsdesk) Finnish ultra-runner Jukka Viljanen shares his experience running 1609 km in 31 days across the Sahara Desert from Morocco to the Senegalese border earlier this year. The preparations took 18 months as he had to be escorted and at one stage had 12 soldiers protecting him and his support team. Here’s what Jukka shares with ExplorersWeb: "Sahara Run was big fun. It took me 31 days to cover the whole distance (1609 km). My journey ended only 15 km before Senegalese border and at time we were already...

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