Melbourne men run world’s toughest race for charity

Four Melbourne men endured extreme desert heat when they took part in the world’s toughest marathon in April, the Marathon Des Sables, for IMP.

They raised an incredible $32,835 which was presented to Rob in Melbourne recently.

The Marathon Des Sables is a 250km run through the Sahara Desert with competitors enduring 50 degree heat, swollen and blistered feet, sand storms and one of the most physically demanding challenges on earth.

Father and son duo, Eric and Ronen Heine along with Ronen’s mates, Josh Givoni and Brad Yudelman, trained together and showed the essence of team work when they all ran together the entire 250km – with no-one ever left behind.

Ronen said the race was about more than breaking records.

“This wasn’t about finishing in the fastest time. For us, it was about taking on one of the world’s toughest races, something so challenging we initially couldn’t believe we’d actually be able to do.

“We were inspired by the achievements of Rob’s IMP runners. Some train in conditions not dis-similar to those we experienced throughout the race.

“The IMP philosophy also resonated with us – setting an incredibly hard challenge, running the New York City Marathon with just six months of training, and realising that through consistency, patience and an incredible resilience (and a fair bit of pain!), anything is achievable.

“We are so proud that we finished what is known as the world’s toughest race.

“But nothing compares to the pride we feel in supporting the life-changing work of the IMP. It’s a program that is really making a difference and we are extremely grateful to our friends and family for the generosity in helping to raise more than $32,000 for IMP,” he said.

Rob expressed his sincere gratitude to the men for their support of IMP.

“To have competed in such an epic event, putting their bodies through an enormous physical and mental challenge is phenomenal.

“Eric, Ronen, Josh and Brad dedicated so much of their time not only to train, but to also raise funds and awareness for IMP. “These men should be very proud of their achievements and I thank them very much for their generosity and that of all donors who contributed to such a fantastic fundraising campaign,” he said.