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WATCH: Racing Namibia, a 9-part series by Canadian ultrarunner Jeff Pelletier

Follow along in this 9-part series documenting the ultrarunner's experience in the 7-day 250 km stage race

Canadian pro ultrarunner and filmmaker Jeff Pelletier has documented his experience at one of the world’s hardest stage races across the Namib Desert. Pelletier created a nine-part series called Racing Namibia to give people an idea of what it takes to run a stage race while providing an inside look at the beautiful country of Namibia (formerly known as South West Africa).




The Namib Desert Ultra is a seven-day, 250 km stage race across Namibia’s Namib Desert – one of the largest dunes in the world. Race competitors experience some of the most stunning and iconic desert landscapes (as seen in the video).

The sunrise in the Namib Desert. Photo: Run the Planet

Pelletier is an ultra-distance trail runner and filmmaker from Vancouver. He did not start running seriously until age 27, but has fallen in love with ultra-trail racing, competing at races like SwissPeaks and Tor Des Géants. This year, Pelletier will tackle UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) in Chamonix, France, for the first time.

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Jeff Pelletier (second from the right) is among the lead pack with six other runners at the Namib Desert Ultra. Photo: Racing the Planet

He was one of 30 runners from around the world who entered the desert race. In the first few episodes, you see runners battle extreme heat and high winds while carrying up to 18 pounds of supplies. The picturesque views of the dunes and valleys seen in the video will have you on the edge of your seat.

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New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Friday on Pelletier’s YouTube channel over the next few weeks.