Ted Archer is a native Californian who works as Vice President of a marketing and operations consulting company. Prior to competing in the Marathon Des Sables, he competed in four marathons and one 50-mile race, Rocky Raccoon, which he won in 2008. His 16th place finish at MDS - the best by an American - was unexpected. Following his 2008 MDS experience, Ted returned in 2009 as part of the first-ever American team to medal at the event (they were 3rd place overall).
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VideosMarathon Des Sables
Ted Archer, one of the top competitors at the Marathon Des Sables, is interviewed by ABC News while in the Sahara Desert.
Carved by God, Cursed by the Devil
by Ted Archer
The event is The Marathon of the Sands, one of the world's most brutal adventure races. A 153-mile run through Morocco's Sahara Desert, it is one of the toughest races on the planet. It winds through sand dunes, rock gardens, salt flats, and mountains - all in 120-degree heat. Ted Archer, a top American finisher, tells of the struggles and the people who persevere to conquer this grueling event.
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