Continua l''avventura di Marco nella 4Deserts Namibia. A tre tappe dalla fine (compresa la temibile traversata di 100 Km nel deserto) la sua posizione attuale è il terzo posto nella classifica assoluta, dietro Tlo spagnolo Calvo Redondo Salvador e il sudafricano Ryan Sander.
A seguire, un approfondimento su Marco Olmo trato dal sito della 4Deserts Namibia
There was a moment when Ryan Sandes (
“He was flying up the hill and I was telling myself, not to be disrespectful, but he reminds me of my grandfather and I couldn’t let him take me,” said Sandes, who proceeded to indeed run just a little bit faster.
Olmo is not the oldest man in the 200-strong field of competitor (that honour goes to Japan’s Kazuo Isomura who is 69). However, Olmo may be among the most accomplished of the competitors and is currently third overall in the race. After beginning to run at age 37, Olmo has won about 20 races of a 100 km or longer and about 50 shorter-distance races such as marathons. Some of his bigger victories have included four victories in the Desert Cup, six wins in the Great Raid du Cro-Magnon and two wins in the Ultra trail
Still, Olmo remains quiet, tranquil and humble, preferring to stay in his own tent rather than gather by the campfire each night. A strict vegetarian, Olmo said he stopped eating meat in his thirties, around the same time he began running.
“I was always tired, not feeling very well,” said Olmo from Robilante. “I had problems with my eyes and I had some Chinese medicine and then became a vegetarian. First it was for health reasons, but now it is more a religion.”
Now retired, Olmo used to work in the mountains of northern
“I do maybe seven or eight of these kinds of races a year,” said Olmo, who is participating in his first RacingThePlanet event.
In the beginning, Olmo ran in the summers and alpine skied in the winters, but has since switched his focus to strictly running. These days he trains a maximum of two hours a day. Outside of his running, Olmo is as tranquil as he is during a race.
“It’s similar to how I am in a race environment,” Olmo said. “I go for walks, watch National Geographic. I do know that it’s a bit crazy to compete, but I just can’t stop.”
Olmo’s first race of this kind was in 1996, when he ran the Marathon des Sables for the first time after the organisers called him and invited him into the race. Olmo finished third. This year, Olmo finished 12th in the
His success is well-documented across