Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brazil 135 Complete

Congratulations to all those who took part in this years Brazil 135, considered one of the most difficult continuous races on the planet. I must give a particular shout out to Tony Portera who I run with often here in Westchester. Tony was a Rookie at this years event and he completed the course in 53:31 (Truly amazing, way to go Tony). I can't wait to hear all about it. Official results for all the runners can be found here.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND CHECKING OUT THE FINISH VIDEO ON TONY'S IRUNULTRAS. I think it really captures how special it is to be a part of something like this.

To give you a full understanding of the creation and difficulty of this race, below is a brief explanation from the race website.

BRAZIL 135 ULTRAMARATHON : JANUARY 23rd - 25th - 2010
With 135 miles long the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is considered the most difficult continuous race in Brazil. The course route is on the Mantiqueira Mountains - ( A Sub Range of the Andes Cordillera ). The race was created by Dr. Mario Lacerda an ultrarunner and Badwater Finisher. The race is held on the most difficult segment of the Caminho da - Path of the Faith, - the longest Pilgrimage in Brazil. The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is part of the BWWC* a initiative of Chris Kostman the president of the American Company AdventureCorps, that promotes the race Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley - California. The course boasts about 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent, and must be completed within 60 hours. With only ten flat miles in the race, by the finish line the runner will have completed a course that is analogous to climbing up and down Mt. Everest.Like the Badwater Ultramarathon, competitors need to supply their own support crew.The BADWATER WORLD CUP - BWWC - is an international series of 135 - mile races held in exotic locations and extreme conditions. Stay tuned for much more information about these 135-mile Badwater-distance events around the globe. The races from the BWWC* are:

Badwater Ultramarathon - race in the desert
Arrowhead Ultra - race in the snow
BR 135 Ultra - race in the mountains

Congrats again to all who participated in what I am sure was an incredible experience.



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