The term bucket list gets thrown about quite a bit and often it's a tiresome mishmash of all the obvious stuff you really should do before you die, but Kym McConnell and Dave Horsley's book Extreme Running (London, England: Pavilion, 2007) made me start thinking about events I might want to participate in, if I were so inclined. This is a well-researched book, with lots of info and details on a variety of events around the world. Inclusion in the book required a race to be extreme, offer a cross-section of terrain and climate, and be organized, so some well-known events like the Grand Canyon Traverse were excluded.
I have a couple of events I'd like to complete, though none of them are organized, or if they are, I don't necessarily feel that I need to participate in the official event.
- Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (and maybe back)
- Illinois Route 64, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River (a run I'm planning in the next few years)
- Grand Illinois Trail - 500 or so miles of northern Illinois, probably by bike
- Run the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin (1000 miles, could take a while)
- Pacific Crest Trail - 2,650 miles, this one would definitely take a while
Do you have an event you are dreaming of? Something so wild and audacious that people will gasp when you suggest it? Anything that will stretch your personal limits?