How people get there is a different story - it's usually pretty amazing.
I guess I should have considered that when we went on our trip with Marathon Adventures. Traveling to the bottom of the world to do a race takes a special kind of crazy. Doing it expecting to finish two marathons, potentially on consecutive days, takes things to a whole new level. It's people like us who can weather anything, including having to watch the Super Bowl in Spanish.
|The room was so loud, no one could hear the commentators anyway. The only bummer was that the commercials were local ads only.|
Is there a world record holder here? Brett Weigner extended his record by completing the Seven Continent circuit for the ninth time. He's also the only person ever to complete an Ultramarathon at the North and South poles. Since we left Punta Arenas, he's finished (and placed in) races in Africa and the US National Snowshoe championships. One more Antarctica race will give him his 10th complete circuit.
|Brent at the White Continent Marathon 2014. Photo Credit Imran Ahmed|
|Kristin with her medals from seven continents after finishing the Ultra at Punta Arenas|
|Maria at the Punta Arenas Ultra Marathon. Photo Credit Imran Ahmed|
|Ziya at the White Continent Ultra Marathon. Photo Credit Imran Ahmed|
|Nik and his father Daniel finishing at Punta Arenas. Photo Credit Imran Ahmed.|
|Tee and Abi at the Maritsburg Marathon, February 23, 2014|
During one of our last nights in Punta Arenas, we sat around a table at Okusa, having a few drinks and some chocolate mousse. We went around the table and talked about our next big adventures. Ambrose is going to race Kilimanjaro this spring. Soren is getting ready for Ironman Copenhagen. We found out later that Rob was competing in New Zealand Coast to Coast World Championship. He and his teammate won the 151 mile triathlon. John has finished 6 continents and will be speaking about his experiences at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, Vermont on March 21st. Esmail was targeting his 100th marathon in Napa in which he finished on March 3rd. We'll be getting the Bay Area gang together for a celebration this week. It's only been a month and a half, but I know a lot has happened since then.
I thought about how it felt when we were just starting out marathoning and how I loved to hear the stories and accomplishments of people who had been racing for years; I aspired to some day have something like that to talk about. It's good to know that we still find people who have done even more than we have and we know there's a lot more out there we can do. People have told us that we inspire them. I'm thrilled to hear people tell us that they've started racing, got back to racing or started on the path to a healthy life because of the stories we post. It's a great feeling to take control of your life. We love being someone in the corral next to you with a story to tell.
|The 2014 White Continent / Punta Arenas Tour Group.|