Namibia is the one ultramarathon location that has troubled South African champion endurance runner Ryan Sandes.
In 2009, he was disappointed by his second place finish in RacingThePlanet: Namibia (it was the only RacingThePlanet event he lost all year). Then, in 2011, Sandes had to call off his Fish River Canyon ultramarathon attempt due to the threat from a rising river.
2012 has been a better year for Sandes. This year, the 52-mile Fish River Canyon race, which crosses broiling boulder fields and fords the Fish River more than a dozen times, was more manageable.
In early August, Sandes finished the course in just 6 hours and 57 minutes, beating the previous record on the second largest canyon in the world by nearly 4 hours.
The above film, “The Beauty of the Irrational,” charts Sandes’ failure and success across the stark, rocky, awe-inspiring Namibian landscape.
Take 6 minutes and witness endurance at its finest.