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Long distance runner Atul Patki (b Nov 8, 1965), a US citizen of Indian origin, completed the 4 Desert ultramarathons on Nov 8, 2014 becoming the first Indian to claim a 4 Deserts Grand Slam,i.e., completing all four 250-km events in one calendar year. He ran the Sahara Race (Jordan), Gobi March (China), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica) in 2014 and coincidently, joined the 4 Deserts Club on his birthday! He has also completed the North Pole marathon in 2013.