Atacama Extreme: Hitting the Gorges

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“Nobody likes to run on pavement,” Ray Zahab said. “Expecially when it's 38 degree celsius pavement.”

Zahab's plans to run offroad across the Atacama desert were rudely interrupted by a huge gorge. Instead, he ran 21 km down the Pan-Pacific highway on little to no shoulder, between speeding trucks and a steep cliff. The interruption added another 35 km to his trip. For more on the run, check out today's video dispatch.

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Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days across one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert. For more on their journey, check out

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