Kate Sanderson, is a rather, shy, introverted Australian girl, who loved nothing more than to run ultramarathons but one particular ultramarathon in the Kimberleys in Western Australia was to change her life forever.
Kate shares her horrifying story of seeing a wall of fire coming towards her and a small group of other runners including the famous Turia Pitt as they ran through a gorge,
Each runner tried a different way to escape the flames, two managed to get out unhurt, another two suffered burns to 20% of their bodies and Turia and Kate unfortunately got his the worse and were burnt over 60% of their bodies.
Kate lost half a foot, the tendons on her hands melted as she tried to protect her face with her hands and her arms and legs were severely burnt. For 4 long hours they hung on for dear life while waiting for rescue. What ensued was another 6 months of intense rehab, skin grafts and operations and years of recovery.
Now 7 years on Kate is back doing what she loves, doing ultras all over the world even conquering the infamous Marathon des Sables a 240km race across the Moroccan Sahara last year and the Grand to Grand in the USA and that despite not being able to regulate her temperature properly.
Next up is a 316km ultra in New Zealand the Alps 2 Ocean.
In this incredibly rare interview Kate shares her very private journey and I had the privilege to interview this incredibly strong woman.
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