Aussie ASCEND Believer Takes on 4 Desert Challenge


ASCEND is proud to be the nutritional sponsor of Samantha Gash as she takes on the Racing The Planet 4 Desert Series.


After completing the Atacama Desert Crossing in March this year, a self-supported 250km race, Samantha Gash is back for more! She is set to tackle another amazing challenge, with the help of ASCEND Proven Sports Proteins.

Samantha Gash, 25, is attempting to become the youngest person to complete the 4 Desert Racing The Planet series. In addition, she will be competing against two other women to be the first female to complete all four deserts in a calendar year. The average age of competitors is 38, with 80% of them male.

Racing The Planet coordinates four 250km races across the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts in the world. They are:

• The Atacama Crossing, Chile, March 6th 2010 (COMPLETED)
• Gobi March, China, June 27th 2010
• Sahara Race, Egypt, October 3rd 2010
• Last Desert, Antarctica, November 17th 2010

Each race goes for six days, features six stages and requires each competitor to carry their own gear, food and clothing. The average backpack weighs 10kg! Water, tents and medical care are provided, but otherwise the competitors are completely self-supported! The 4 Deserts has been named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the World.

Samantha leaves next month for the next race, the Gobi March. It is located around the Turpan Basin in China, the lowest place on Earth. The weather there can be extreme and unpredictable and competitors may face violent sand storms, strong winds and temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius.

As part of her all important nutrition strategy, Samantha will be taking with her 40 individual servings of ASCEND Elite Recovery powder, 25 ASCEND Elite Recovery Bars and some ASCEND Elite Protein Catalyst capsules.

The two other women attempting to be the first female to complete the 4 Deserts in one year are Linda Quirk (57, US) and Lucy Rivers Bulkeley (32, UK). The first female to achieve this amazing feat will be the one with the lowest accumulative time from all four races. After the first race, the Atacama Crossing, Samantha is already ahead 9.3 hours of Linda and 17.4 hours of Lucy.

The Melbourne based Law/Performing Arts student will be racing on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This cause is close to Samantha’s heart as her cousin Laura was diagnosed with the disease from birth.

We’ll be posting regular updates about Samantha’s epic adventure here and also at and

























                            Samantha Gash, 25, sets out on her next race (The Gobi March) in June 2010














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