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Peak Ultra Marathons: pushing past limitations

"I refuse to be average: I am willing to risk going too far in order to find out how far I can go," blogs Mathieu Dore, a Canadian who finished 3rd in the Peak Ultra 100 mile race last year with a time of 24 hours 54 minutes. It was his first 100-mile event. Adding a well-known Karnazes quote: "The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless."


Dean Karnazes, an internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, "inspired me to commit to the journey of ultra marathon races," Dore writes.


The Peak Ultra is an annual running race that takes place at Amee Farm Lodge in Pittsfield, Vt.
Racers have their choice of 50, 100, 150, 200 or 500 mile trail runs. The 50 milers will do the first 40 miles on the East side of Route 100 and then they will do their last ten miles on the west side. The 50-mile course is very scenic but also very demanding, organizers note on Peak.com.


The longer races will all do a rugged 10-mile loop. Runners will repeat the loops 10, 15, 20, or 50 times. Each loop has 2400' vertical making the 500 miler achieve 120,000' elevation change over the course of the race.


The 500-mile race started Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. and has a 240-hour cutoff. The 200-mile race starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The 150-mile at 6 a.m. Friday, and the 50/100 will start at 6 a.m. on Saturday. All courses close Sunday at 6 p.m.
The rules are simple: Don't cut the course and don't litter.


Joe Desena, owner of Amee Farm Lodge, has participated in adventure races himself for the past decade and truly enjoys sharing the world of extreme sports and adventure with all participants.


Other extreme challenges this summer include: The Death Race June 15, The Warman Road Ride July 28 and the Peak 6/12/24 hour Mountain Bike Race Sept 8-9.

Tagged: Peak Ultra, running, Death Race, Pittsfield, jogging