Running Tunisia: The Finish Line


We have now completed our run across the Sahara and are in Tunis for a day before we head back to North America. The final total we ran over the past eight days is 268 kilometers! We averaged just under a marathon per day and are very happy with our numbers. Every day, Andy was in charge of tracking our distance with a GPS, which not only tracked our journey but also helped us keep a steady pace. Check out our Epic Tracker map to see how we snaked our way across the desert, hitting as many dunes as Ridha could find! 

–Jill Gilday

After completing his record run across Lake Baikalwith Kevin Vallely to draw attention to the global clean-drinking-watercrisis, Ray Zahab will return to Tunisia. The first time around, he starredin the documentary Running the Sahara, narrated and executive-produced by Matt Damon.This time, he will lead a group of four young adults–Andy Dilla, JillGilday, Connor Clerke, and Kajsa Heyes–across the desert as part of an i2Pexpedition to help raise funds and awareness for the water crisis inAfrica. The group will traverse 200 to 250 kilometers total, and theyaim tomake it through in about eight days, with the goal of running 25 to 50kilometers per day.