Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One Of The Most Memorable Brazil 135 Mile Ultra Moments


I often think about my most memorable or epic moments/memories/recollections from all of the ultra-marathon events that I have been lucky to be a part of.  It is amazing that on so many occasions the moment/memory/recollection has nothing at all to do with my participation as a runner.  There are plenty of those moments from the 2010 Brazil 135 Mile Ultra.  In the coming days I will post lots of pictures and videos (I took 100s) of my own epic journey in Brazil that I was fortunate enough to share with Ken Posner and Jarom Thurston (we ran the entire event together), our amazing crew that was unwavering in supporting us for 53 hours and 31 minutes (Ken finished about 20 minutes ahead of me and Jarom), the entire race staff/volunteers (who put on a phenomenal show), and the other runners.

Yet, as I ponder how to write and present my race report so that you can see just how amazing the journey was and how insanely difficult the course is (if the course itself isn't enough, throw in temperatures in the 90s, pouring rain, flooding roads, mud, 40 percent grade hills, charging bulls, etc..), I simply cannot get one image out of my mind - Tom Sperduto's dramatic finish.  After enduring 57 hours and 50 minutes on the "path of faith", 135 miles, 30,000+ feet of elevation gain, and everything else thrown at him, Tom gave us one hell of a memorable moment, and here it is direct from my camera:

11 comments:

  1. That was a great finish to watch! Gave me chills. How awesome. I am anxiously awaiting the race report when you get it together. How you write a race report for an epic adventure is probably quite epic in itself.

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  2. Wow. I though the Ironman had an emotional finish. Couldn't even IMAGINE agter running 135 miles! Can't wait to read the race report :)

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  3. Congrats to all you guys!! Way to kick ass out there...can't wait to see the pix!! You the man, Tony!!

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  4. That video is awesome! I could feel the emotion, it gave me chills. So cool.

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  5. He was fired up at the finish, very cool... Great work out there in Brazil and good catching up with you today...Glad ur recovering well!

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  6. WHAT AN EMOTIONAL VIDEO --can't even imagine how exited he was to finish after 57 -plus hours out on the trails of Brazil...
    congrats to everyone who finished!!and crewed...

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  7. Nice. That was an impressive finish.

    I saw the photos up on Facebook. It looks like an amazing adventure. I'm looking forward to reading the full race report.

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  8. Fantastic finish. Looking forward to your complete report. You should rest a little first! ;-)

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  9. That was an excellent video!! Congrats. How freaking awesome.

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  10. Of course I am crying here, I am so proud of you finishing this ultimate accomplishment of this 135 mile race. You finishing the finish line had me hysterical. Your faith and you being my brother and growing up together is such an inspiration. I've always been proud of eveything you have done through life and I always always will. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
    I love you brother!!!

    Samantha

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