DREW Bogdanovs and James ‘‘Frankie’’ Reid agree it may be the craziest thing they’ll ever do.
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The friends will run more than 250kilometres in 50degree heat across the Sahara Desert, competing in what has been labelled ‘‘the toughest foot race on earth’’, the Marathon Des Sables.

The men, who met while playing rugby for Merewether Carlton, will climb sand dunes, scale mountains and hills and battle the elements while lugging 15-kilogram backpacks containing their food and supplies for the six-day trek.

Mr Reid and Mr Bogdanovs, who are taking the challenge in a bid to raise $100,000 for Newcastle’s Ronald McDonald House, will be among 900 adventure seekers from around the world who will race across southern Morocco between April 6 and 13.

Mr Bogdanovs said preparation was the key to mastering the gruelling ultra-marathon, which is the equivalent of six regular marathons.

‘‘I think the fact that it’s known as the world’s toughest foot race makes me want to do it even more,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s definitely the craziest thing I’ve ever done but I’m going in with that mentality that if I can do this then I can do anything.’’

He said the pair had been running more than 120kilometres a week on sand and road to prepare for the conditions.

‘‘The temperatures drop from in the 50s during the day to one or two at night and most people lost about 10kilograms of weight through water during the week,’’ he said.

Mr Reid said spots in the race were limited and surprisingly sought-after.

‘‘The distance isn’t the hardest thing, given the amount of time you’re allocated to complete it,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the terrain and the temperature that will be the biggest challenge.’’

Mr Reid said the pair had raised more than $35,000 to date.

CHALLENGE: Drew Bogdanovs and James Reid in training for next month’s 250kilometre foot race across the Sahara Desert. Picture: Darren Pateman

Donations can be made at everydayhero杭州夜网m.au/mds_2013.

CHALLENGE: Drew Bogdanovs and James Reid in training for next month’s 250kilometre foot race across the Sahara Desert. Picture: Darren Pateman

LIST OF SUPPLIES

100 volunteers

400 support staff

120,000 litres of mineral water

270 tents

100 all-terrain vehicles

two helicopters

one Cessna plane

three mountain bikes

six commercial planes

23 buses

four camels

four quad bikes

one incinerator lorry for burning waste

52 medical officers

6.5km of Elastoplast

19,000 compresses

6000 painkillers

150 litres of disinfectant

five cameras

one editing bus

one satellite image station

six satellite telephones

15 computers