ASCEND Believer Makes It A Grand Slam!


ASCEND is proud to be the nutritional sponsor of Samantha Gash, ultra marathon runner, epic adventurer and all-round extreme athlete!

Samantha Gash, 26, is has become the youngest person ever to complete the Racing The Planet 4 Deserts, a series of self-supported 250km races, in one calendar year.

Samantha completed the final race, The Last Desert - Antarctica, on November 24th.

In addition, she is one of three women to become the first female to complete all four deserts in a calendar year. The average age of competitors is 38, with 80% of them male.

The 4 Deserts series is comprised of four 250km races across the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts in the world.

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

The six-stage races (usually over 6 days) require 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.

Entry to The Last Desert (Antarctica) is only open to those who have competed in at least 2 of the 4 Deserts events. Competitors faced extreme weather conditions, with temperatures plummeting to -20 degrees Celsius as well as gale force blizzards. This was in stark contrast to the searing heat experienced in most of the other races. Competitors also had to deal with unpredictability as the length of each stage and daily start varied depending on weather conditions. They slept each night on a polar expedition ship which travelled to the different course locations and offshore islands over the week.

As part of her all important nutrition strategy, Samantha carried with her 40 individual servings of ASCEND Elite Recovery, 25 ASCEND Elite Recovery Bars and some ASCEND Elite Protein Catalyst capsules on each race.

‘The ASCEND Recovery range was given a great test in my race in Antarctica and I am incredibly happy with how it worked for me’ says Samantha.

The Melbourne based Law/Performing Arts student competed 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.









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