Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Looking Ahead To The Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon

In a few, short weeks Brian Krogmann and I will be on a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to São Paulo, Brazil to participate in the Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon.  With 30,000+ feet of cumulative ascent (and 28,000+ feet of cumulative descent), and a mere 10 miles of "flat" surface, and rain likely (January is the wettest month of the year with an average of almost 10 inches of rain), it is sure to be a challenge physically and mentally.  It is said that by the time you reach the finish line, you will have completed a course that is analogous to climbing up and down Mount Everest.  The race actually starts in São João da Boa Vista, a city located about 3 hours north of São Paulo that was founded in 1859, and finishes in Paraisópolis.

We are extremely lucky to have Jarom Thurston on our "team".  Jarom, a two time finisher of this event (2008 and 2009) and a two time Badwater 135 finisher (2008 and 2009) will actually run the entire event with me, serving as the "master of ceremonies".  Several of the members of Brazil 135 Team USA will be running large portions of the course together to raise funds for Casa Nosa (see "Help Make the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon Special").  Jarom's video from his 2008 running is immediately below provides a nice look into the race.

Watch BR135 Ultra Marathon 2008 (part 1) - Jarom Thuston in Sports  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

This is certain to be a tremendous challenge and learning experience, and when I look at the various elevation profiles that depict the 30,000+ feet of climbing (below), I can't help but think that it will be one that is unforgettable.

Entire BR135 Course Profile

First Segment - Sao Joao da Boa Vista City to Serra dos Limas' Hill

Second Segment - Serra dos Limas' Hill to Inconfidentes City

Third Segment - Cities of Inconfidentes to Estiva

Fourth Segment - City of Estiva to Finish Line (Paraisopolis)

Highest Point - Pico do Gaviao Hill (Eagle's Peak)


  1. My quads are on fire just looking at those charts. Best of luck in Brazil and have fun at Disney this weekend.

  2. Are you freaking kidding me...ouch...but it looks like an really epic race...check out my next endeavor...but it ain't as freaking tough as this...dayem!!!!

  3. Holy frijoles... that looks crazy awesome! I'm totally jealous, even moreso b/c I'm reading the River of Doubt at present which chronicles Roosevelt's trip to Brazil in 1913. GOOD LUCK TONY!!!

  4. I'm confused. Is this a rock climbing event or a running event?

    Good luck to you and the wife at Disney, and I know you'll kick ass in Brazil!

  5. Holy crap that is an insane race. The rain sounds brutal. I know how tiring running 20 miles in the rain can be, I can't even imagine 135. To me, that sounds even tougher than the insane heat at Badwater.

  6. LET'S DO IT TONSTER!!! hehehe, Jarom Thurston