Reader's trek through the Sahara highlights top sports stories of 2013

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By Mike Cote

Some people will go long and far to fulfill a goal they’ve set for themselves.
But few will go further than Garth Reader.
Reader, a local ultra-runner, took part in the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco earlier this year, which is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.
For his efforts in the Sahara Desert, Reader finished near the top 10 percent of better than 1,000 participants at the event, which took place in April.
“I exceeded all expectations going in,” Reader said after finishing the five-stage race in a total of 30 hours, 55 minutes. “I thought I ran a pretty smart race.”
His trek through some of the harshest conditions in the world was the top local sports story of 2013.
At the Marathon Des Sables, competitors must conquer searing heat, wild temperature swings, tough running terrain and, oh, plenty of sand.
Nevertheless, Reader said he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything and might even consider doing it again.
He said the race is actually very well organized and there is plenty of staff on the course to make sure competitors are healthy and don’t veer away from their destinations.
As usual, running and multi-sport athletes were among the big headline-grabbers in 2013.

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