Ryan Sandes

In 2011, Ryan won the Leadville 100 Miler Mountain Race in Leadville, Colorado, setting the 3rd fastest time in the history of the race and the fastest time by a non-American (it was his first 100 miler).

He is an ambassador of the prestigious Laureus Foundation and a special mention about his phenomenal career was made at the International Laureus Awards in Abu Dhabi. People are not only inspired by his athletic ability but also by his humble and down-to-earth approach to life.

Ryan is a highly sought after motivational speaker and he is considered as one of the world’s leading ultra trail runners.

Ryan’s international results:

“Racing the Planet / 4-deserts” – June 2008 Gobi Desert - China
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all six stages – placed 1st

“Racing the Planet / 4-deserts” – October 2008 Sahara Desert - Egypt
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all six stages – placed 1st

“Racing the Planet” – May 2009 Namibia Desert
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won 3 stages – placed 2nd

“Jungle Marathon” – October 2009 Amazon Jungle
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all stages – placed 1st (set new course record)

“Racing the Planet / 4-deserts” – March 2010 Atacama Desert – Chile
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all six stages – placed 1st (set new course record)

“Gore-Tex TransAlps Race” – August 2010 Europe
310km team mountain race
Result: placed 3rd with team member Linda Doke in the Mixed Team Category

“Racing the Planet / 4-deserts” – December 2010 The Last Desert – Antarctica
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all six stages – placed 1st

Named 4 Deserts Champion for being the ONLY person to ever win all four desert races and the only person ever to win every single stage in each of the desert races.

“NorthFace 100 Australia Race” – May 2011 Australia
100km individual mountain race
Result: placed 3rd overall

“The Zugspitz 100km Mountain Challenge” – June 2011 Germany
100km individual mountain race
Result: placed 4th overall

“Leadville 100 Miler” – August 2011, Leadville, Colorado
100miler individual mountain race
Result: placed 1st – set fastest time by a non-American in the history of the race

“Racing the Planet / 4-deserts” – November 2011– Nepal Challenge
250km self-supporting foot race
Result: won all six stages – placed 1st

“Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Run” – February 2012 Hong Kong
100km individual mountain race
Result: placed 1st – set new course record, beating previous record by almost 2 hrs

“NorthFace 100 Australia Race” – May 2012 Australia
100km individual mountain race
Result: placed 1st

“Western States 100 milers” - June 2012 USA
100miler individual mountain race
Result: 2nd overall – setting new course record

“The Northface TransGran Canaria” - March 2013
83km individual mountain race
Result: placed 1st (new course)

Ryan’s local results:

2008 Red Hill Marathon (placed 5th)
2008 Total Sports Tera Firma (placed 1st - team event)
2009 Hout Bay Trail Challenge (placed 1st - new record)
2009 Salomon Night run (placed 1st)
2010 Salomon Featherbed Trail Challenge (placed 1st in morning & evening race)
2010 Hout Bay Trail Challenge (placed 1st in Team Category - set new course record)
2010 Hi-Tec Puffer Ultra Marathon (placed 1st - set new course record)
2010 Hout Bay Triple Trouble Marathon (placed 1st - set new course record)
2011 Old Fisherman’s Trail (placed 1st - set new course record)
2011 Table Mountain Challenge (placed 1st in Men’s relay team)
2011 Hi-Tec Otter Trail Run (placed 1st - set new course record)
2012 Salomon Sky Run (placed 1st - set new course record)
2012 Red Bull Lion Heart (placed 3rd)

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