BIG RED HEART

Adventure - - News - By Chris Ord | Im­ages by Chris Ord and Ja­son Malouin

your­self run­ning 250km on a mad mul­ti­day desert mis­sion that could kill you. Or per­haps change your life. That’s what hap­pened to Pa­trick Rousseau.

Bris­bane and he is freak­ing out. On the other side of the ditch is a long bus ride dodg­ing kan­ga­roos and emus as the ve­hi­cle pum­mels head­long into the dead heart of Aus­tralia.

Await­ing him is the big­gest chal­lenge he’s ever faced: a 100km run across the Simpson Desert. That’s the same sand­pit.

Pa­trick Rousseau blames New Zealand’s ad­ven­ture run­ning queen, Lisa Ta­mati, for his predica­ment. It was her lat­est book, Run­ning to Ex­tremes, that led him here.

“It all started when I en­tered a book­store look­ing for a hol­i­day read. At the time I was a some­what be­low-aver­age recre­ational run­ner with just one half marathon un­der my belt,” says Pa­trick. “I did har­bor a lin­ger­ing idea that maybe I should at­tempt a full marathon some time al­though I strongly sus­pected that the idea would go nowhere, like most of my new year res­o­lu­tions.”

“Now, I had heard of ul­tra-marathon run­ners, but to my mind they formed a small group of lu­natics; ei­ther ex­treme masochists or freaks of na­ture with su­per pow­ers. Noth­ing I could ever re­motely re­late to. Nev­er­the­less,

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