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Slogging through the sand with a 6.5kg pack on his back is â€œa night offâ€ for marathon man Shaun Bacon. The Frankston teacher, 54, is in the final stages of training for his fifth Marathon des Sables
. Regarded as the Olympics of the ultra-marathon, the 251km event is the equivalent distance of six regular marathons. And itâ€™s held in southern Morocco in the Sahara Desert with temperatures ranging from -2C at night up to 47C during the day. â€œI do a lot of training on the sand at Frankston beach. It might look hard, but Iâ€™m only uncomfortable for less than an hour,â€ he said. He is hoping to finish in the top 100 at the April 6-16 event. â€œFinishing is a no-brainer for me â€” I donâ€™t even consider any other outcome â€” but I would like a top 100 place,â€ he said.
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