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(BBC-US)   Run 300 miles and still Did Not Finish? You're not running with the Big Dog Ultra. "dumbass' tag collapsed, pooped itself, and cried for mommy hours ago   (bbc.com) divider line
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2021-04-22 8:41:00 AM  
That's insane.  Insanely awesome.
 
2021-04-22 8:46:20 AM  
It's hard to say exactly how long you'll be running for - because this race only finishes when there's one person left standing.

There is no possible way this could backfire.  Hope they have some body bags on hand
 
2021-04-22 9:09:06 AM  
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2021-04-22 9:18:04 AM  
Read that article earlier today and it lead me to the Barkley Marathons, organized by the same guy.
 
2021-04-22 9:39:35 AM  
that is a totally normal and not at all dangerous pastime.
 
2021-04-22 9:41:28 AM  
Not a single aspect of that sounds enjoyable.
 
2021-04-22 9:47:47 AM  

cheezalot: Read that article earlier today and it lead me to the Barkley Marathons, organized by the same guy.


I was coming here to say this reeked of Barkley...thanks for doing the homework.

That's farked up.
 
2021-04-22 9:52:07 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 324x499]


I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who... was not shot for falling behind
 
2021-04-22 10:47:37 AM  

virulent_loser: that is a totally normal and not at all dangerous pastime.


Many of the people that do this are literal mutants, they don't build up lactic acid like normal people as their muscles fatigue

But Yes, there ARE a lot of dangers in such extreme events.  I've researched them extensively because I have a friend who is attracted to extreme endurance events, but has graciously allowed me to have a "boundary setting" role in her life.   She's already done things I would have though we nibbling the edge of human endurance (4 Marathons in 4days, a 24-hr Charity run where she notched a little over 145 miles, a marathon up the side of Mont Blanc).

But for all her prowess this particular race, as well as the "Badwater Ultra" are on her "absolutely farking forbidden" list because of some very adverse outcomes for some of their participants.   The latter actually has a body count.
 
2021-04-22 10:56:59 AM  
All of which prompts another question: why put yourself through it?

And major kudos to Justin Goulding for not using "begs the question" incorrectly.
 
2021-04-22 11:18:59 AM  
I was disapointed as I thought it would be the Robot "Big Dog"

BigDog Overview (Updated March 2010)
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2021-04-22 11:21:01 AM  
Here's the improved Big Dog beta test.

BigDog Beta (High Quality) - early Big Dog quadruped robot testing
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2021-04-22 11:26:32 AM  
The longest I ever did was the 50 mile mountain masochist.

It wasn't the distance that killed you:

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2021-04-22 11:27:57 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: cheezalot: Read that article earlier today and it lead me to the Barkley Marathons, organized by the same guy.

I was coming here to say this reeked of Barkley...thanks for doing the homework.

That's farked up.


Except that 4mph+ is warp speed for Barkely.  You can finish one at 2mph- it's 100 (really ~120) miles in 60 hours.

They get a few people who finish every year.
 
2021-04-22 11:42:51 AM  
Therapy is a hell of a lot easier and cheaper than the lengths a lot of people go to for self-validation.
 
2021-04-22 11:53:02 AM  
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2021-04-22 12:02:59 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The longest I ever did was the 50 mile mountain masochist.

It wasn't the distance that killed you:

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I want to have your babies.
 
2021-04-22 12:17:10 PM  
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2021-04-22 12:20:36 PM  
I started road running this week for the first time since I was on the HS track team 25+ years ago (and I was a sprinter). Two days of two mile runs averaging a glacial 12:30/mile. Not bad for a beer gutted 43 year old who took a quarter century break, but I'm not sure I'm even the same species as these people.
 
2021-04-22 12:44:08 PM  

OldRod: It's hard to say exactly how long you'll be running for - because this race only finishes when there's one person left standing.

There is no possible way this could backfire.  Hope they have some body bags on hand


They aren't letting normal people in.  You have to be invited.  You have to have a resume of Ultra Race competence.  They have been running this race and others for years.  No one is filling body bags.
 
2021-04-22 12:59:10 PM  

Magorn: virulent_loser: that is a totally normal and not at all dangerous pastime.

Many of the people that do this are literal mutants, they don't build up lactic acid like normal people as their muscles fatigue

But Yes, there ARE a lot of dangers in such extreme events.  I've researched them extensively because I have a friend who is attracted to extreme endurance events, but has graciously allowed me to have a "boundary setting" role in her life.   She's already done things I would have though we nibbling the edge of human endurance (4 Marathons in 4days, a 24-hr Charity run where she notched a little over 145 miles, a marathon up the side of Mont Blanc).

But for all her prowess this particular race, as well as the "Badwater Ultra" are on her "absolutely farking forbidden" list because of some very adverse outcomes for some of their participants.   The latter actually has a body count.


Not saying I don't believe you, but I've never heard of anyone dying running Badwater.  I can't find anything on the net.  I follow the Badwater race, so I'm interested.  You have a link or something that I can read, please?
 
2021-04-22 1:09:13 PM  

Magorn: But for all her prowess this particular race, as well as the "Badwater Ultra" are on her "absolutely farking forbidden" list because of some very adverse outcomes for some of their participants.   The latter actually has a body count.


Nope.
 
2021-04-22 1:36:58 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The longest I ever did was the 50 mile mountain masochist.

It wasn't the distance that killed you:

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I want to have your babies.


well hello there...
 
2021-04-22 2:19:44 PM  
I did a 24 hour charity bike ride.  You feel real isolated once the sun goes down.  I was never so happy when I saw the sky starting lighten in the morning.  I still had 5 hours to go.
 
2021-04-22 3:13:16 PM  

Muta: I did a 24 hour charity bike ride.  You feel real isolated once the sun goes down.  I was never so happy when I saw the sky starting lighten in the morning.  I still had 5 hours to go.


Yeah I have done a couple trail runs in the past where you start at midnight and run through the night.  It's trippy (literally)
 
2021-04-22 3:20:48 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The longest I ever did was the 50 mile mountain masochist.

It wasn't the distance that killed you:

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The only "near-ultra" I did was a 25k, but the terrain is what killed me...8,000' feet of gross elevation change, which included three unbroken climbs of 600' of more. Those sections were basically second-class scramble up the mountain. Nobody could physically run them, even the elite crew. Say what you want about the East not having really big mountain, we still have some seriously steep, technical trails (as you elevation profile showed).

The thing I wasn't prepared for was that the downhills were so steep, they were barely any faster than the uphills because you had to be so careful. Even on a smooth trail, you'll never regain all your losses downhill, but when it's really steep, you gain nothing -- gravity doesn't help at all.

I'll sign up again one day, maybe a 50k. I just couldn't find much time to train for multiple hours at a time.
 
2021-04-22 3:25:01 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The longest I ever did was the 50 mile mountain masochist.

It wasn't the distance that killed you:

[Fark user image 512x265]

The only "near-ultra" I did was a 25k, but the terrain is what killed me...8,000' feet of gross elevation change, which included three unbroken climbs of 600' of more. Those sections were basically second-class scramble up the mountain. Nobody could physically run them, even the elite crew. Say what you want about the East not having really big mountain, we still have some seriously steep, technical trails (as you elevation profile showed).

The thing I wasn't prepared for was that the downhills were so steep, they were barely any faster than the uphills because you had to be so careful. Even on a smooth trail, you'll never regain all your losses downhill, but when it's really steep, you gain nothing -- gravity doesn't help at all.

I'll sign up again one day, maybe a 50k. I just couldn't find much time to train for multiple hours at a time.


Yeah no one that I know of "runs" the whole thing.  The absolute worst is the downhill finish for that one.  Your legs are screaming at you and the extra impact of going down hill was almost too much for me.  My knees gave way a couple times and I couldn't run down the hill.  I just kind of shuffled down.

I'm glad I did it.  I never ever ever am going to again.  I was basically crippled for a solid two weeks.  I couldn't sleep for two days after because I was so sore and in pain.  I had muscle twitching for days.

But I got a tshirt! (that I have subsequently lost somewhere)
 
2021-04-23 7:34:16 AM  

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