Racing To The Extreme
You think the race during your sports festival is very hard, think again. Here are some of the racetracks that used for extreme racing; you will be glad that you are not the one running them.
1. Patagonian Expedition Race
The Patagonian Expedition Race is an endurance adventure race that takes place every year in the wilds of Chilean Patagonia. This race is run to raise awareness and help protect the fragile environment in this region. Also known as ‘Race to the End of the World,’ this 10-day extreme racing event brings together co-ed worldwide teams of four athletes and challenges them in the disciplines of trekking, orienteering, mountain biking, and sea kayaking. The race course changes each year, with participants using a compass and map to help them navigate through unknown terrains.
2. Race Across America
It is one of the longest endurance events in the world that takes place every year. The course of this race has changed from time to time. The direction is from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, which is approximately 3,000 miles (4,800 km), thus making it a transcontinental extreme racing event.
3. Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile
This race is the world’s longest certified footrace. In 1996 Sri Chinmoy created this event to create a place for runners to learn their limits and to try to go beyond them. Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team hosts this race and takes place in Queens, New York in the United States every year. Its extreme racing course spans 3,100 miles (4,989 km). The runners have 52 days to complete the distance which makes an average of 59.62 miles (95.95 km) every day.
4. Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race is a yacht race around the globe, that takes place every three years. It was formerly named after British Whitbread brewing company, its initiating sponsor. This extreme racing event challenges teams of eight against each other to sail non-stop for days. This race prohibits fresh food from being taken on board after the start, so the crew can only eat frozen foods. The competitors experience temperatures from −5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one set of clothes.
5. Barkley Marathon
The prison escape inspired Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race that takes places near Wartburg, Tennessee. If the runners complete 60 miles (97 km), the competition qualifies as a “fun run.” The entire course spans 100 miles (160 km). The race is confined to 60 hours and takes place in late March or early April of each year. The course of this race itself has changed distance, route, and elevation many times since its inaugural run. It currently consists of a 20-mile (32 km) unmarked loop with no help stations except water at two points along the route.