Friday, October 5, 2012

UTMB Infographic

I admit I struggled a bit with the elevation change in my first ultra, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K Madison. The 3,598 feet may not be much to some, but it definitely kicked this Midwesterner's butt. It truly is nothing though, compared to another North Face sponsored race, the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).

UTMB Infographic

One of Europe's better-know ultramarathon races, the UTMB is a circumnavigation of the famous mountain, visiting 3 countries. 62,000 feet of elevation change, just over 100 miles, really an amazing feat to finish!

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  1. This is one of the Grand Daddy's of ultra running. While I think the elevation looks hard(and I'm sure yours was hard too), think about staying awake and running(even slowly) for 40 hours. Sleep deprivation I'm sure plays a significant role in the challenge of any 100+ mile race.

  2. Ack! Can you imagine? How would you ever train for that? I must stick to our measly Kettle Moraine hills ;)

  3. Sounds like the UTMB would kick many a runners butt. Ouch!
    I'd love to try an ultra but not sure how I'd get to the trails and tackle the elevation on a weekly needed basis. We have inclines but their city inclines not mountainous challenges.

  4. That's insane! Imagine how much it would hurt to climb the stairs that next week.


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