Latest sports event - Atacama Crossing
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2013: Atacama Crossing
To run 250km through the driest desert in the world is a challenge in itself. But the run through stone fields and across mountain passes offers even more difficulties to cope with.
These are the altitude between 2.300 to 3.300 meters above see level and the backpack containing the food for the whole distance.
The highlight of the race was the crossing of the "Salar de Atacama" with temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius. I finished the race after 65:29:55h.
Desert marathon Chile
Extreme athlete Jens Fritzsch
I am Jens Fritzsch. I was born on September 2nd, 1968. My sister Katrin was born one year later on September 2nd, 1969.
At that time we did not suspect that we would have common challenges in extreme sports later on.
Extreme athlete Jens Fritzsch
Registered at school in 1975, I was presented my 1st moped from my father Karl, a Simson S50. With this moped I illicitly drove through fields and woodland around
Stollberg in Saxony. But soon the engine performance did not suffice any more, therefore a 250 cc motorcycle Cross bike on an MZ basis was constructed by myself.
This machine was followed by a further
Sidecar team in the GDR Rallyesport
special machine by MZ and I became member of the Motorsports Club "Stahl Lugau" in the ADMV.
A 200 cc Gaciva represented my top motorcycle during GDR times, but I soon
Moved to the most powerful motorcycle Cross class, the sidecar class. This was in 1986.
In this first year I still was a front-seat passenger (which is more exhausting than driving) and later as a driver in the GDR Rallyesport.
In the field of running it was quite similar. One of my favourite disciplines in school (1975 to 1985) was running. In the 100 metres and in the longest run, the 3000 meteres, I often dominated my class mates and I held the record amongst the gardener apprentices in Chemnitz. At this time I felt slowly that my strength might rather be the long distance. Therefore I looked for bigger and bigger challenges in the extreme sports. Today a 10 km run is the shortest competition I take part in and I only reach the finishing line within the midfield. I need approximately 7 to 8 km to get into a running rhythm at all. It is amazing that independently from me my little sister made the same experience, so the long distance run had to lie in our genes.
I finished my 1st marathon - the Berlin Marathon - in 3:16:46 h. But very soon a marathon did not suffice any more and I wanted to find out my limits.
I heard of extreme sports and the extreme marathon runs. So I did the "Marathon des Sables" and finally I found my discipline, the really long distance for extreme athletes.
From now on extreme running competitions like the "Desert cup" in Jordan, "Himalayan stage Race", "100 Miles of Namib Desert" followed as well as
the Rallye "Paris-Dakar", the "Master Rallye", the "UAE Desert Challenge" in the crazy and adventurous world of the big Rallyes.
I was also looking for new challenges in motor sports and dedicated myself to long-distance rallyes, the cross country world cup.
This way of extreme sports also requires high endurance performance and I feel comfortable while doing it.
Actually to feel “comfortable” is not the correct word for this kind of extreme sports or extreme athletes.
I like to say that it is a kind of “beloved torture”.
I have substantial experience with a Group A Rallye car on all different kinds of ground.
Only those who go beyond their limits will get to know how fast one can go.
Gruppe A Opel Corsa
On the following pages you will get more information about my running & Rallye events. Enjoy reading !