Saturday, October 17, 2009

IT IS A GO - BRAZIL 135 IN 2010 !

GAME ON.  I have been selected to run in the 2010 Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon, along with 12 other runners from the United States, including Brian Krogmann, Lisa Smith- Batchen, Andy Jones-Wilkins, Jarom Thurston, Ray Sanchez and Ken Posner.  Jarom has already run BR135 twice, speaks fluent Portuguese, and has signed on to be the "unofficial tour-guide".

With an elevation profile that looks like my typical heart-rate graph, the Brazil 135 is hel in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains in the state of Minas Gerais.  It is by far the most difficult foot race in Brazil, and is run on the hardest, most challenging segment of the Caminho da Fe (Path of Faith or Way of Faith), the most difficult Brazilian pilgrimage path.  This 135 miler features over 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent.  Of the 135 miles, a mere 10 are on "flat" surfaces.  It is said that completing the BR135 course is analogous to climbing up and down Mount Everest.

Brazil 135 Elevation Profile

I will continue to raise funds for The Challenged Athletes Foundation.  However, for the Brazil 135, we will also be raising money to build a gymnasium for Casa Nossa Senhora do Bom Conselho (House of Our Lady of the Good Counsel), a mission (operating under the auspices of The Religious Teachers Filippini) located in the city of Miracaty in the State of Sao Paolo, devoted to helping children from low-income families.  More information about this great cause will be posted soon, and any support will be greatly appreciated.

There is not much to report on the Chicago Marathon last weekend.  The conditions were ideal.  After putting in a solid 1:45:00 first half, the last 4 miles or so were more about getting the legs (tired and heavy from the Vermont 50 2 weeks prior) to the finish line, and I crossed with a decent time of 3:44:36.  This weekend was more about spending time with good friends than anything else, and I had an absolute blast with Kristen, Sal, Kristen's Mom, and Lance.

2009 has been a particularly challenging running year (especially considering the amount of travel involved), one that seems to have been dominated by F.O.M.O. (despite the good Bryon Powell's warnings).  With 2 1/2 months to go in the year, I have already surpassed the total mileage run in 2008.  By the time 2009 is finished, I will have run 4 races of 100+ miles (Rocky Raccoon 100, Umstead 100, Badwater 135 and Javelina Jundred 100, at least 2 of which - hopefully 3 - will be sub-24 hours), 4 50-milers (Pineland Farms, Grand Tetons, Vermont and Stone Cat) and 6 events at the 50k or marathon distance.  Thankfully, I have been (so far) injury free, but it is time for a break, and 2010 will not be (so I say today) as crammed with races.  Yet, 2010 will kick off with an incredible challenge and journey at the Brazil 135.


  1. Congratulations on your selection!! That race ought to be quite an experience!

  2. Look forward to running some hills with you the next couple of months!

  3. Congratulations on your next big challenge, and, boy, does it look big!

  4. (((sigh))) -- lol

    Congrats Bro, going to be a crazy adventure ...

    See u soon !!

  5. Wow, FOMO at its best:) I didn't see AJW on the roster - are you sure? The web is sparse - when is the race, is it road or trail, mountains or not, pictures, etc.
    Not that I am interested:)
    Have fun at JJ!

  6. You know you are interested Olga !
    January 23. Mostly dirt roads with 30,000 feet of climbing.

  7. Congrats on getting in and taking on such a great challenge! I've heard that the climbing is actually "reasonable" (as much as 30,000 feet can be) since all but one of the pushes are less than 1,000 feet. My friend who ran it a couple years ago said the downhills hurt him WAY more than the climbs. Definitely try to find some quad-busting training routes in the next 2 months!

    ...and after Brazil, you'll just have one more of the 135 milers left...any chance you'll sign up for the Arrowhead???

  8. That's great Tony! I think it is so awesome that you guys will be raising money for a gymnasium...that's the way to do it! :0) That race is definitely on my list and Erica already told me that she'd go to Brazil with me! I may have an epic race on my calendar for 2010 as well...a little event called Mont Blanc!...not for sure yet but I'm seeing if I can make it happen.