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Marathon madness as athletes brave Brazilian rain forest


Marathon madness as athletes brave Brazilian rain forest


Some of the world’s toughest endurance athletes have braved the Brazilian rainforest in the 10th edition of Jungle Marathon, which takes place in the Tapajos National Forest in the Amazon jungle.

A total of 65 runners from 17 countries were at the start line and only 26 finished the 275 kilometre course.

Runners had to cope with swamps, water crossings, extreme elevation and extreme humidity in a new course made that made the event more challenging than ever.

The fear factor was high as the route featured a section called Jaguar Alley, where runners were only allowed to enter in groups of two or more due to the high population of jaguars.

Night time breaks showed competitors suffering blisters from the inhospitable terrain.

Competitors from all corners of the world took part including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Argentina and of course Brazil.

This year’s winner was the legendary ultra-runner Widy Grego from Guadeloupe, who was also champion in 2007. The female winner was Josie Benson from the UK.

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