Ray Zahab

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Ray Zahab
Ray Zahab speaking at TED in 2009.jpg
Zahab speaking at TED in 2009.
Photograph by Bill Holsinger-Robinson.
Born 1968/1969 (age 47–48)[1]
Nationality Canadian
Known for long-distance runner, motivational speaker

Ray Zahab (born in 1969)[1] is a Canadian long-distance runner and motivational speaker. He has run in long-distance running adventures in several countries.

Zahab starred in the 2007 documentary film "Running the Sahara" narrated and produced by Matt Damon and directed by Oscar-winner James Moll, which follows three men as they run across the Sahara Desert, a journey of 111 days and more than 4,300 miles of challenging terrain.

Zahab is also the author of the autobiography Running for My Life: On the Extreme Road with Adventure Runner Ray Zahab (ISBN 978-1-897178-44-7), and co-author with Steve Pitt of Running to Extremes: Ray Zahab's Amazing Ultramarathon Journey (ISBN 978-0143179672).


Gobi March Team 2006 — 1st
Sahara Race 2005 — 1st
Libyan Challenge 2006 — 1st
BadWater Ultra — DNF
Marathon des Sables 2005 — 24th
Trans333 2004 — 3rd
Jungle Marathon Solo 2004 — 8th
Jungle Marathon Team 2004 — 1st
Marathon des Sables 2004 — 47th
Yukon Arctic Ultra 2004 — 1st


  1. ^ a b Silcoff, Sean (July 30, 2013). "Ray Zahab's incredible 2,300 kilometre journey across the Gobi desert". The Globe and Mail. Ray Zahab ... 44-year-old athlete from Chelsea, Que. 

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