What is the most extreme race?

Extreme conditions

The Marathon des Sables, meaning the marathon of the Sands, takes place in the Moroccan Sahara desert. Around a thousand contestants take part in the gruelling race, covering 156 miles over six days. Participants compete in soaring temperatures that can exceed 50 degrees Celsius. They plough through rocks and sand whilst avoiding sand storms and snake bites. This really is the toughest foot race on earth.

Extreme history

The Spartathlon was started by a fan of classical history. He wanted to see if he could recreate the 153-mile journey of Greek messenger Pheidippides in a day and a half. It turned out it is possible (for some) and now each year hundreds retread those historical steps from Athens to Sparta.

Extreme altitude

Even the most accomplished long-distance runners struggle with the sheer lack of oxygen available in the Leadville 100 Run in Colorado. The entire 100-mile race is run above 10,000 feet despite the fact that most people experience altitude sickness at 8,000 feet.

Extreme ascent

The Trans Pyr is an unrelenting eight-day bike race that takes participants across the width of Spain and up and down 66,601 feet. This is the equivalent of going up Mount Everest twice, with plenty to spare.

Extreme history

The Spartathlon was started by a fan of classical history. He wanted to see if he could recreate the 153-mile journey of Greek messenger Pheidippides in a day and a half. It turned out it is possible (for some) and now each year hundreds retread those historical steps from Athens to Sparta.

Extreme altitude

Even the most accomplished long-distance runners struggle with the sheer lack of oxygen available in the Leadville 100 Run in Colorado. The entire 100-mile race is run above 10,000 feet despite the fact that most people experience altitude sickness at 8,000 feet.

Extreme ascent

The Trans Pyr is an unrelenting eight-day bike race that takes participants across the width of Spain and up and down 66,601 feet. This is the equivalent of going up Mount Everest twice, with plenty to spare.

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