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Colonel Lamba: Defying odds from Ironman to the Sahara Desert


In the realm of extreme endurance sports, few challenges rival the Marathon Des Sables, a grueling multi-stage race set amidst the unforgiving terrain of the Moroccan Sahara. Yet, for Colonel Jangvir Lamba, a serving Indian Army Officer, the 38th edition of this legendary marathon was not just another race — it was a test of endurance, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of human determination.

Amidst scorching temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius, Colonel Lamba embarked on a journey spanning 253.5 kilometers of endless dunes, rocky jebels, and blistering salt plains.

Carrying his survival items and drawing upon his experience as a triathlete and bodybuilder, he faced the ultimate test of physical and mental fortitude.

In a remarkable display of strength and perseverance, Colonel Lamba completed the Marathon Des Sables in 67 hours and 07 minutes, solidifying his place among the elite athletes who dare to conquer the world’s toughest foot race.

Colonel Lamba’s path to the Sahara desert was paved with years of dedication and training. A fourth-generation Indian Army Officer hailing from Jaipur, Rajasthan, he had previously conquered the Ironman Triathlon — a grueling test of endurance comprising a 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycling, and a 42.2 km marathon.

His achievements include completing Ironman events in Malaysia, Australia, and India, showcasing his versatility and unwavering commitment to pushing his limits.

For Colonel Lamba, the Marathon Des Sables was more than just a race. It was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Transitioning from the structured courses of Ironman events to the vast expanse of the Sahara presented a challenge unlike any other.

Yet, armed with his experience and unwavering determination, he defied the odds and emerged victorious. His journey serves as an inspiration to athletes and adventurers alike, reminding us that no challenge is insurmountable with dedication and determination.

As Col Lamba stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, his journey from Ironman to Sahara resonates far beyond the realm of sports. His triumph in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to all who dare to dream big and push the boundaries of what is possible.

As Col Lamba continues to inspire others with his remarkable feats of endurance, he proves that true strength lies not just in physical prowess, but in the resilience of the human spirit.

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