Wednesday, August 29, 2007

How interesting can watching ultra-running be?

There's not a lot of speed. There's not a lot of action. There's no interesting fights or crashes. I've always thought ultra-running was the ultimate anti-spectator sport. But now there's a documentary film, call The Distance of Truth, about one of the toughest races the Badwater 135, and one man's quest to beat it. Watch the trailer here.
Speaking of ultra-running. We need to give a belated shoutout to Tony Krupicka, who won the 2006 Leadville Trail 100 two weeks ago for the second year in a rock and knocked more than 47 minutes off his 2006 time, finishing in 16:14:35.

The 24-year-old from Colorado Springs has now run the second- and third-fastest times ever on Leadville's grueling course, which tops out at 12,600 feet. He's also closed within 32 minutes of the seemingly unbeatable record that Matt Carpenter set in 2005.

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