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Run 155 miles in 5 days? In the desert?

What sounds like a death wish is just the opposite for George Chmiel Jr.

Updated: November 18, 2009, 4:16 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | ESPN.com

It sounds like a nightmare.

You've been dropped off in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Over the next six days you will have to run, jog, walk or crawl 155 miles through the incredible, incessant heat -- temperatures routinely reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit -- across soft sand and hard-parked gravel, over sand dunes multiple stories high and down rocky hills. You must do this carrying everything you need to survive -- clothes, food, sunscreen, emergency medical supplies, sleeping bag ...

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