Endurance Events

Michelle's journey in running is lined with a series of relentless achievements. Her running achievements include some of the most difficult races around the world. Each of these races are rigorous tests of endurance towards maximum limits, known to the world of running.

Marathon Des Sables

The Marathon des Sables (MdS) is an epic event which takes place every year in the Saharan desert of Morocco, and is arguably The Toughest Footrace on Earth. The MdS takes place over 6 days and covers 150 – 156 miles (254km) – the equivalent of 5.5 regular Marathons! It is run in 6 stages, the longest stage being around 80 plus kilometer when many of the competitors run through the night to complete it.

The Marathon des Sables is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth. Michelle emerged to be the first Indian among 1090 participants from 42 countries, to complete this race!

Michelle completed this tough race in 71 hours 56 minutes 25 seconds! She ran the Morocco Desert Marathon (MdS) in 2010, when she was 41 years of age!

Longest Treadmill Run in India

Running on a Treadmill for 25 hours

Michelle staked her claim to enter into the Limca Book of Records for running on a Treadmill for 25 hours. She began running at 07.00 a.m. on Tuesday May 29, 2012), stepped down at 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday to a thunderous applause by her family and friends at the Poona Club her. She ran for 171.2 km at an average speed of 6.85 kmph to become the first Indian woman to do so!

The Atacama Crossing (Chile)

The race takes place in Chile’s stunning but brutal Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. The Atacama has a unique landscape of salt lakes, volcanoes, lava flows and sand dunes. The Atacama Crossing is grueling not only because of the terrain which is rarely flat underfoot, and harsh climate, but also because of the altitude that averages 2500m (8000ft) during the race.

The Gobi March (China)

The race takes place in China's ancient Gobi Desert, in the Turpan Depression, the country's lowest and hottest location. The Gobi March's challenges include the changes in temperature from the cool highlands to the oppressive heat of the sand dunes, the complete lack of shade, potential sandstorms and variety of terrain – soft sand-dunes, rocky tracks, steep hills, ridges and riverbeds with multiple water-crossings. Competitors must plan carefully to maintain the delicate balance between physical exertion, nutrition and hydration in order to successfully complete the race.

The Sahara Race (Egypt)

The race takes place in the hottest desert in the world. Competitors have to contend with a variety of terrains; both rock and sand, but will face endless miles of soaring sand dunes up to 122 meters (400 feet) high. The daytime heat is scorching with temperatures reaching 50 °C.

To be successful, competitors will have to carefully manage the heat, their hydration, nutrition and rest, as well as the mental challenge of racing through endless dunes.

The Last Desert (Antarctica)

The race uses a polar expedition ship as its base, traveling to the different course locations on the Antarctic Peninsula and offshore islands based on the prevailing sea and weather conditions, with competitors transferred from ship to shore by RIB.

The unique challenges of The Last Desert (Antarctica) include having to cope with the severity of the weather conditions that can include gale force blizzards and temperatures down to −20°C (4°F). Competitors also have to deal with the unpredictability of daily stage lengths and start-times, as the prevailing environmental conditions dictate where and when stages might begin.

The Great India Quadrilateral Run

The Great India Quadrilateral Run is about Michelle Kakade, who attempted and achieved the Guinness World Record for "Fastest time to travel the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot (female)" by running 5968.4 km, covering 57 major cities in India and on the country's most valuable and largest highway project, 'The Golden Quadrilateral'. Michelle Kakade ran for 194 days in 167 stages, covering a distance of 142 Full Marathons. Michelle began her running attempt from The Gateway of India, Mumbai on 21st October 2015 moving north towards Delhi on the Golden Quadrilateral and from there to Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and returned back to Mumbai on 1st May 2016. Michelle was supported by a crew of 5 members throughout her run. She ran 35 km every day on an average.

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