Then there's the crew of three: "People who have traveled halfway around the world just to pour ice over my head," says Jens. Without the helpers in the accompanying car, who take over the basic supply after every mile, nobody would see the goal. "Crew is more exhausting than running because you always have to be rational despite the heat and insomnia. The runner can turn off, almost like he's on drugs."
And because you forget the names of your friends in the eternal heat, many T-shirts have first names on them. "You have to give control to the crew," explains Jens, "they have to make sure you eat enough, drink enough, be covered with ice." He is not wearing functional clothing, but a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers made of cotton - because the icy water spray lasts longer. After a mile, everything is as dry as it was in the tumble dryer. The ice cubes in the drinking bottles have turned into warm water after two stops. "If you put it on the roof of the car for another ten minutes, you can use it to mix mashed potatoes," jokes Jens.
In fact, the menu includes mashed potatoes, noodles, potatoes, white bread, non-alcoholic beer, cola ("sugar, calories and caffeine: all great") and iced coffee ("nothing but milk with sugar"). No electrolytes, isotonic drinks, gels, powders: "It foams up the stomach in the heat and goes up like in a washing machine," says Jens, "the stomach switches to playback mode: everything has to go out. »