Race #8: Arctic Ice Ultra – End of a Journey (Part 1)

The Beginning of the End

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Some time has gone by since our last race in the Arctic Tundra. As our World Record journey comes to an end, Paul and I have a chance to reflect on what had transpired. However, not everything has sunk in yet.  After all, our victory lap of sorts at the 121st Edition of the Boston Marathon awaits us in 4 weeks time! It still seems unbelievable even now that we have completed eight of the toughest desert ultra marathons on the planet in just under ten months.

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Race #7: Oman Desert Marathon – The Pursuit of Immortality 

After Trans-Pecos Ultra, getting to the host town of Muscat for our next race was top priority.  With the Oman Desert Marathon being only 5 days away and our World Record Breaking Race, nothing could be left to chance!  We began our journey by flying from El Paso to Phoenix; then from Phoenix to New York; then from New York to Baku; then from Baku to Dubai; and finally from Dubai to Muscat.  Again, cheap flights played a major role in our 50+hr flying odyssey.  Come to think of it, we even lost a day of rest due to the time difference! (I guess this happens when you fly across 13 time zones)

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10 Must Have Items For A Self-Supported Race

Everyone knows that doing a Self-Supported Race is tough.  Aside from the physical aspect of it, what you bring to the race is equally important.  Remember, you are running in hostile environments and there will be no reprieve once a mistake is made.  To ensure a successful outcome, here are the 10 Must Have Items:

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5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts For Racing With A Partner

Racing with a partner can be tricky business in any race, never mind doing it in something as tough as multi-stage racing.  You have to worry more than just yourself; You have got your partner to think about!  The point is both of you want to enjoy the race while maximizing the chances of succeeding together!  With that in mind, here are the 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Continue reading “5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts For Racing With A Partner”

How To Get A 14.3lbs (6.5kg) Pack For Your Next Stage Race

This sounds easy right? Anybody can do it! Stuff 8lbs (3.7kg) of foods, 6lbs (2.8kg) of gear and off we go to the races. Technically, that’s correct, but nothing could be further from the truth. Once you start packing, you will realize that everything starts to add up and before you know it, you’ll be left with a 30lbs (14kg) backpack. Carrying that extra weight running in any multi-stage race will have you regretting it on the first day.

If you follow my four basic principles to packing for a multistage race, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Multi-Stage Race Veteran! Continue reading “How To Get A 14.3lbs (6.5kg) Pack For Your Next Stage Race”