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Ultra-Marathons - Do You Have What It Takes

Posted by: pshields on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 04:14 AM Print article Printer-friendly page  Email to a friend

Ultra-Marathons - Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted: December 27, 2004

By Neil L. Cook, BS, MS, Med

Marathons are the "ultimate" goal for many runners. But there's a core group of runners that believe the marathon isn't long enough; not enough of a challenge. They feel the need to go longer, sometimes A LOT LONGER! These are different runners, not your average 10 K weekend racer. And although they are fiercely competitive, the camaraderie of ultra-marathoners is legendary. The support for fellow runners during an ultra extends further than any other running event.

What Is An Ultra Marathon?

A marathon is 26 miles 385 yards long. An ultra-marathon is any event longer. Typically, 30 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles. There are other distances, but those are the most popular. There are also timed events: 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, and even multi day-races. Some are run on roads, some on trails, and some (mainly timed events) on a track.

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