3 out of 4 stars
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Marcel Nickler is a married man from Switzerland. He is involved in several professional duties in different fields, but passion for running Marathon seems to be his best in general. His wife Monika is always by his side and she does encourage Marcel to move on with his running career. This encouragement help Marcel Nickler make a choice of registering himself for Marathon des Sables which is to be held in Morocco, a country that lies within the Sahara desert. Marcel Nickler has one advantage of having friends who had previously participated in Marathon des Sables some years back. Marcel Nickler gets all the tips he requires to get ready for the race. Marcel and his team have to run varying distances between checkpoints set by the organizers. All the checkpoints are set temporarily at different locations for safety purposes of the participants of Marathon des Sables. Each participant receive water bottle so that no one would suffer dehydration which can lead to health risks. If any participant fails to take his or her water bottle, that may lead to him or her being disqualified from the Marathon des Sables race. Participants of Marathon des Sables are expected to take salt tablets every five minutes, which help restore body nutrients lost through the sweat. After completing the number of kilometers set for each day, all participants are to get back to their temporary shelters called bivouacs, where they take their meals, take bath, rest and read email messages sent to them by friends and family members.
Running the Sahara by Marcel Nickler highlights the benefits of maintaining friendships. This aspect is seen through Marcel Nickler's achievements, in his life, in various ways and from different people. One of his friend Scot Solano, mentored this book. His coach always advice Marcel Nickler on how to succeed in Marathon des Sables. A businessman living in Marakech comes and pick Marcel Nickler from the airport and provide hospitality to Marcel, when he visits Morocco for Marathon des Sables.
Running the Sahara by Marcel Nickler is a book that help the reader understand that to practice sporting activities under extreme hot weather conditions, may be challenging. Organizers have to spend a lot of money in order to win this challenges within a short period time like the case of Marathon des Sables through, setting up checkpoints, availing enough water bottles, setting enough shelters, providing food and ensuring that enough security is there for the participants.
The good thing while reading this book is that you rarely use a dictionary, topics are well simplified for the reader to understand what Marcel highlights, photos placed after chapter six, help the reader understand the reality of what is written by Marcel Nickler. I rate this book 3 out of 4 star because a reader is able to connect between what is in the book and what is in the photos of Marcel Nickler and other participants in Marathon races.
Throughout the book, Marcel Nickler has highlighted many issues from different perspectives and he has discussed more about Marathon des Sables and how it is managed. I recommend this book to professional sports managers who wish to take their participants to regions with extreme hot weather conditions, that they need proper planning for their sports and for the participants in order to win hot weather challenges.
Running the Sahara
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