Two Northern Medical Students complete world’s toughest endurance race


Gareth Andrews and Dan Trevena, fourth year medical students at Northern have just completed the grueling 250 kilometre Atacama Desert Crossing reaching the finish line together after a total of forty-two hours running. The six-day foot race traverses the Chilean desert – the driest land on earth and competitors are required to carry all their gear and food with them. The men finsihed 31st and 32nd in a field of around 150.

This is an absolutely fantastic achievement following nine months of careful preparation and tough training. Gareth and Dan have raised more than $7,000 for the National Breast Foundation and contributed to the Chilean Earthquake appeal.

Read about the race from the blogs they wrote at the end of each day in the desert on Gareth and Dan’s website http://www.atacamacrossing.org. You will be impressed and amazed.

More details on the event itself at http://www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing/index.php