In the future, when nameless children are recruited to train for 500-km race, runners represent various charities that compete for one government donation. Runners speed with high technology-- guides, IR goggles, heat-shield shoes, and memchips. The run is dangerous: sand blows, earthquakes force competitors drop out or, worse, die--not to mention saboteurs starting fires and assassins shooting acid darts. If that’s not enough, runners have to ask if those who are helping actually helping.
Interesting mix of politics and sports story. Albeit a bit wordy, this does a good job mixing in politics. Lehn has published a novella with Aqueduct Press.