Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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: