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Update: Area runner completes day two in the desert

April 08. 2013 6:22PM

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Dallas native Liz Byron completed the second day of the Marathon des Sables in Morocco Monday.

The six-day, 155-mile race through the Sahara Desert is self-supported with runners carrying their food and supplies in backpacks.

The former standout swimmer and Bishop Hoban graduate is a special-education teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston and is trying to raise money through donations to purchase laptop computers for the school.

Her update at on Monday revealed the second stage was short at 18.64 miles but steep. “I had to climb 3 mountains with an average grade of 25% and at times, I was climbing with the help of my hands…It was much hotter today.” The blog also included messages to her mother and father and encouragement to the students in her class.

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