5 Alternative (crazy?!) ways to do a long distance trail
The London Marathon runners are warming up for what for many will be the challenge of a lifetime. Yesterday, I mentioned to a friend my disappointment in myself at my absence of a training regime; "One day, I will do a marathon", I decided aloud. "Good plan", was the response, followed by "I know someone who ran the West Highland Way last year". Suddenly my marathon intentions seemed a touch feeble. Run the 96 mile West Highland Way? This got me thinking; what are the most challenging (craziest) ways to complete a long distance trail? The findings put my training efforts into perspective, but all credit to those who complete (or even dare to start) these ultra-marathons and extreme races. Fancy trying any of these?
1. The Everest Trail Race Ultra-Marathon: November 2014Running at up to 19,500 ft above sea level.... Sounds fun doesn't it! This multi-stage race covers just under 100 miles over 6 days in the remote Solukhumbu region of the Himalayas. Ok, so that averages 16 to 17 miles per day which a seasoned runner could handle, but bear in mind that the altitude range is over 80,000 ft (25,000m)...yep that's right. I had to read that a few times to check my eyes weren't deceiving me. Even spectating in the race involves a Himalayan climb. http://www.everesttrailrace.co.uk/
2. The Tour du Mont Blanc - Ultra Style: August 2014Macs Adventure offer hikes on the Tour du Mont Blanc of up to 12 walking days. The winner of the Tour du Mont Blanc Ultra-Marathon will finish the 168km running route with an altitude change of over 30,000ft in just over 20 hours. http://www.ultratrailmb.com/
3. Marathon des Sables, Sahara Desert: April 2014Running the London Marathon this year? You could have ran approximately 150 miles through the Sahara Desert in Morocco instead! In over 40 degrees celsius heat. With a backpack on. Through sand. http://marathondessables.com/en/ http://westhighlandwayrace.org/ for more information, or for a more leisurely pace, have a look at Macs Adventure's walking itineraries on the West Highland Way (none of which are 15 hours long!)
5. Grand to Grand Ultra, Arizona: September 2014A new race on the Ultra-Marathon circuit, and a high impact way to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world! In 6 stages, racers cover 170 miles of desert, river crossings, and rocky roads, with a total ascent of 18,359ft. Last year's winner completed the route in just over 30 hours. http://www.g2gultra.com/ Well, that puts things into perspective. Best dust off those running shoes!
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