Based: Cape Town

My name is Ryan Sandes. I am a 29 year old professional athlete from Hout Bay, South Africa.

The first marathon I ran was in July 2006.  Since then, I have been passionately participating in adventure and endurance racing / trail running.

I specialize in marathon, ultra marathon and multi-day endurance events, a category in which I have had significant international achievements as well as excellent media exposure.

A significant motivating factor, which has encouraged me to continue testing the boundaries of this sport, is having had the privilege of running with Dean Karnazes, the acknowledged world leader and authority on endurance running. We ran together on the 100km leg of the Sahara Desert Challenge and shared 1st place.

Dean made history by running 50 marathons in 50 days, and was also named by TIME magazine as one of the, “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World”. Dean’s achievements continue to be source of inspiration and motivation to me.

“Upstart impressed me tremendously, not just with his athletic abilities, but also with his worldly demeanor and quality of character. Good Kid. I hope he continues to push the limits”         [DEANKARNAZES]


Winner – ‘Racing the Planet’ (2008 Gobi Desert Challenge)

Winner – ‘Racing the Planet’ (2008 Sahara Desert Challenge)

Second – ‘Racing the Planet’ (2009 Namibia Desert Challenge)

Winner – The 2009 Jungle Marathon

Winner – ‘Racing the Planet’ (2010 Atacama Desert Challenge)

3rd mixed team category – Gore-Tex TransAlps Race 2010

Winner – ‘Racing the Planet’ (2010 The Last Desert – Antarctica – Challenge)

3rd overall – NorthFace 100 Australia 2011



GoMulti Magazine – 2008 Trail Runner of the year

Runners World South Africa – Running Hero of 2008

OutThere Magazine -2008 Adventurer of the Year runner up.

Runners World South Africa – Running Hero of 2010

Men’s Health Magazine – Best Man Competition 2010 Young Guns Category Winner



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