Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos is a UK NHS based doctor with a passion for adventure that has seen him take on some of Earth’s greatest challenges. In the year 2000 he completed the English Channel swim in the world’s fastest recorded time that year, and in 2004 he went on to successfully summit Mount Everest via the notorious northern side route. Taking a break from his Ice Water Fire project, he turned his attention back to swimming, and in 2011 swam non-stop between the mainland of Greece to the island of Crete, covering a staggering 101km. Georgios has now set his sights on one of the most grueling ultra-marathons, covering 250km in the Sahara Desert. The run, dubbed by the Discovery Channel as the toughest foot race on earth, is the Marathon des Sables. In line with his deeply rooted environmental awareness, Georgios undertakes the final challenge of his Ice Water Fire project in support of the Opwall Trust.
In April of 2015, Georgios’ next challenge in pursuit of completing the long awaited Ice Water Fire project is the Marathon des Sables.
The Marathon des Sables takes place in the Moroccan Sahara Desert and is considered to be the toughest footrace on earth. It is a 6-day, 250km multi-stage and self-sustained race where the participant has to carry all his equipment and food from the start to the end of the race.
Challengers must battle extreme conditions, including very high temperatures and severe heat waves during the day followed by low temperatures at night, sand storms, life threatening dehydration, skin damaging sun burns, heat stroke, knee and ankle injuries, foot blisters and toe nail injuries, in addition to running on sand, rocky terrain, mountains and sand dunes. Only by enduring and overcoming these hardships will one have a chance of completing this gruesome, but wonderful and awe inspiring adventure.