November 3, 2006; Page W1
This Sunday, the 40,000 competitors in the New York City marathon will battle blisters, stinging nipples and mental fatigue. But few will know the misery felt by Anita Allen.
Last April, the 52-year-old from Coral Springs, Fla., entered the Gobi March, a 155-mile race through northwest China. A veteran of more than 100 marathons, she made it through four of the race's six stages, and embarked on the fifth at dusk to avoid 125-degree temperatures. The event organizers assured her they would have water stations along an illuminated course. But when the sun went down, she saw nothing for miles and barely found her way to a checkpoint -- where there was nothing to drink.To read More Click this WSJ site... Running Wild