Hi Reddit! I’m Samantha Gash. I ran four 250k marathons through the world’s driest, windiest, hottest, and coldest places in one year, and was featured in a documentary about it. Ask me anything!
I am an adventure athlete, qualified lawyer and recently appointed Head of the Sports & Entertainment client group at Wealth Enhancers (a boutique GenY wealth management company).
In 2010, I decided to take on the challenge of racing in the 4Deserts Ultramarathon series. Which was four, 250km desert ultra-marathons in the hottest (Sahara), windiest (Gobi), driest (Atacama) and coldest (Antarctica) deserts on earth. During these multistaged races, I had to carry everything in a pack on my back for the five days of the race - sometimes up to 25% of my body weight.
In 2010, I became the first woman and youngest person ever to complete all 4 of these races in one year.
Desert Runners is a documentary movie made by Jennifer Steinman that follows myself and three other nonprofessional runners as we took on this challenge. It’s a really exciting film that captures the beauty of the locations and the intensity of the race. It’s a part of the Something to Talk About documentary series and will be airing on DirecTV’s Audience on November 21st. It’s also showing at the Starz Denver Film Festival this weekend.
I am drawn to extreme landscape and environments and since then I've run in several other ultramarathons marathons and been involved in many advocacy programs. I believe in these harsh environments, where individuals are brought down to their raw state and are on the edge of survival, that you have the opportunity to explore serious and sensitive issues.
My website: http://www.samanthagash.net/ twitter: @Samanthagash
Information on the film and the Something to Talk about Series: