If you’ve ever run down a mountainside and felt the joy that comes from thinking of nothing else but the task-at-foot then you’ll appreciate this video. The beautiful cinematography captures South African ultra-runner Ryan Sandes as he attempts to run the Fish River Canyon rim-to-rim in the fastest time possible.
Fish River Canyon is a nearly 2,000-foot deep canyon that’s over 100 miles long in southern Namibia. After the Grand Canyon in Arizona, it’s the largest canyon in the world. Sandes attempts a rim-to-rim run in this video for no reason besides wanting to test the limits of what he can do, and the results are stunning.
He completes the self-supported 52-mile run in the amazing time of 6 hours and 57 minutes, but even more than the record he set this is an inspirational journey of overcoming failure, accepting physical limits, and doing everything a person can to push the boundaries of what is considered possible. And if you get nothing else from this video, at least Sandes has a cool South African accent.