Extreme Cross Country Races

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  1. Portage_Monster

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    So, I've got a friend who is into running very long races through the wilderness. That's his passion. In fact, he has one this weekend and he invited me to come check it out. https://stcroixwinterultra.com/ It's 40 miles on a snow covered trail - at night. The funny thing is, he says this is a short one. It's considered a stepping stone for people looking to do races that are over 100 miles. On foot. In the winter.

    Do any of you do things like this? I had no idea that races like this even existed until recently. It's not quite bushcraft, but there are definitely elements of survival, and situational awareness that cross over into our world. While it's something that, if I'm being honest with myself, I have zero interest in trying, it's certainly very bad ass.

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to go check out the race this weekend out of extreme curiosity. I'll try to take pictures, pay attention to gear used and post more when I know more.
     
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    Check out the movie "the Barkley marathons", it was on netflix, not sure if it still is or not. It's worth the watch.
     
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    Does anyone remember the "Ecochallanges"? I used to watch those races on TV back when they were popular. They were pretty hardcore.
     
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    i had a friend from highschool who did something similar to that, she did quite a few actually
     
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    Last night I watched the St croix 40. It was a wild thing to be part of. It was incredibly interesting to see everyone’s approach to carrying gear and cold weather clothing. Almost everyone used a sled of some sort varying from custom pulks to children’s sleds. The runners started at six at night and ran through the night.
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    They were all required to start in their sleeping bags and bivy sacks then dismount, pack up and start the race.
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    At the 22 mile mark every participant had to stop, pull out a stove and prove that they could boil snow on a moments notice. It was interesting watching how everyone did it. Lots of butane stones, a few tablet stoves and some alcohol stoves.
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    This isn’t something I’d chose to do, but it was certainly interesting to be a fly on the wall for.
     
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    There’s the Barkley Marathon in Wartburg (30-35 minutes south of me).
    The fun run is 60 miles; the full course is 100 miles. From what it says in the link it is one of the toughest races in the world.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkley_Marathons
     
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    The friend of mine I was watching at St Croix did the otter last year. Cool stuff.
     
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    I used to do Adventure Races with my sister, three disciplines trekking, paddling, biking(mountain). The whole race is an orienteering course with checkpoints scattered all over creation. Races range from 6 hours to a week (anyone remember/follow Primalquest?). Longest I ever did was 4 days and it broke me badly, basically no sleep. The first leg was a 12 hour canoe paddle up a chain of lakes. Anyway Definately worth checking out and the winners aren't always the fittest/fastest people, but those with good land navigation skills.
     
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    That looks pretty cool. How long did the race take? Here I am thinking I'm sort of bad ass for running a few Tough Mudders. Color me humbled. I'll have to check out those other races as well. I used to love watching the Eco Challenges. That's what actually got me interested in survival situations which then led me here. The best forum on the net. Thanks for the post!
     
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    Not a runner have issues with flat feet, but love to get out and log some serious miles on the bike. One winter event that always peaks my interest and may try to just be a finisher is the Arrowhead 135, a gravel grinder on steroids. http://www.arrowheadultra.com/
     
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    its not for me, but have the utmost respect for the distance and times in such races
    100 miles in 20-30 hrs
    if I was to do 100 miles it would take me 10 days
    trail runs are on trails,
    there are ultrarunners who do 100 miles road runs think the record for the 100 mile road runner is like 12 hrs, just insane.
     

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