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The Toughest, Bloodiest and Hardest Challenges in the World by Helen Summer

by Summer, Helen

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Are You Tough Enough? looks at over 60 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe. This book offers massive highs and excruciating lows, showing just what we can achieve in pushing the bounds of human endeavour.

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Each year, thousands of competitors pit themselves against the elements, extremes of geography and their own psyches to take part in the world's hardest physical challenges. From the cold of the highest peaks to the unforgiving heat of the desert, by water, bike or foot seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary feats. Whether seeking to prove themselves as athletes, or attempting to escape the humdrum, one thing they all have in common is an unbreakable drive to test the very limits of their endurance. Are You Tough Enough? looks at over 60 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe, taking in the hottest, coldest, highest and most remote locations, and the toughest, cruellest and wackiest challenges. With a detailed description of each event, featuring personal stories from competitors, this book offers massive highs and excruciating lows, showing just what we can achieve in pushing the bounds of human endeavour.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction xi
Foreword xiv
Ultra-running -- An Overview 1 (4)
Keep Your Cool ...
Yukon Arctic Ultra -- Canada 5 (7)
Baikal Ice Running Marathon -- Siberia 12 (5)
Arrowhead 135 -- Minnesota, USA 17 (4)
The Spine Race -- UK 21 (4)
Feeling the Heat ...
Badwater 135 -- California, USA 25 (10)
Spartathlon -- Greece 35 (7)
UltraBalaton -- Hungary 42 (4)
Jungle Ultra -- Peru 46 (3)
First It's Cold, Then It's Hot ...
Western States 100 -- California, USA 49 (6)
In the Desert You Can't Remember Your Name
...
Trans 333 -- Worldwide 55 (6)
4 Deserts Race Series -- China, Chile, 61 (3)
Jordan, Antarctica
Atacama Crossing -- Chile 64 (7)
Sahara Race -- Jordan 71 (3)
Gobi March -- China 74 (3)
The Last Desert Race -- Antarctica 77 (3)
Marathon Des Sables -- Morocco 80 (4)
Up Where the Air is Clear ...
The High -- La Ultra -- India 84 (6)
Leadville 100 -- Colorado, USA 90 (5)
Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc -- France, 95 (5)
Italy, Switzerland
Hardrock 100 -- Colorado, USA 100(4)
Ronda Del Cims -- Andorra 104(2)
Coast to Kosci - Australia 106(3)
The Only Way Is Up ...
Comrades Marathon -- South Africa 109(6)
West Highland Way Race -- Scotland 115(4)
Lakeland 100 -- UK 119(3)
Laugavegur Ultra Marathon -- Iceland 122(4)
Hardmoors 110 -- UK 126(3)
Picnic Marathon -- UK 129(4)
Lyon Urban Trail Race -- France 133(3)
Steeplechase Race -- UK 136(5)
Fell Running -- An Overview 141(2)
UK & Ireland Rounds 143(6)
While Down on the Flat ...
The Thames Ring -- UK 149(5)
Grand Union Canal Race -- UK 154(6)
24-Hour Running -- Worldwide 160(3)
Are We There Yet?
Los Angeles to New York Foot Race -- USA 163(8)
Jogle Ultra -- UK 171(10)
Iditarod Trail Invitational -- Alaska, USA 181(3)
Masochists Apply Here ...
Piece of String Fun Run -- UK 184(8)
The Barkley Marathons -- Tennessee, USA 192(6)
Get Down -- And Dirty ...
La Transbaie -- France 198(3)
The Grim -- UK 201(3)
And Dirtier Still ...
Obstacle Mud-Running -- An Overview 204(3)
Tough Guy -- UK 207(5)
Tough Mudder -- Worldwide 212(5)
X-Runner Mud & Water Series -- UK 217(3)
Spartan Race -- Worldwide 220(3)
Time to Clean Up Your Act ...
Swimming -- An Overview 223(3)
International Self-Transcendence Marathon 226(5)
Swim -- Switzerland
Vibes & Scribes -- Lee Swim -- Ireland 231(3)
Corryvreckan Swim -- Scotland 234(4)
Cold Water Swimming Championships -- 238(5)
UK/Worldwide
English Channel Swim -- UK/France 243(11)
Brownsea Island Swim -- UK 254(4)
Blood, Sweat and Gears ...
Cycling -- An Overview 258(2)
Maratona Dies Dolomites -- Italy 260(3)
L'Etape Du Tour -- France 263(4)
Tour Divide -- USA 267(4)
Ride Across Britain -- UK 271(4)
Paris-Brest-Paris -- France 275(4)
Strathpuffer -- Scotland 279(4)
Yak Attack -- India 283(3)
Why Do One When You Can Do All Three...?
Triathlon/Ironman -- An Overview 286(6)
Arch to Arc -- UK/France 292(6)
Embrunman -- France 298(4)
Ironman Lanzarote -- Canary Islands 302(4)
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon -- Norway 306(4)
Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon -- San 310(2)
Francisco, USA
Add a Kayak and Some Ropes ...
Adventure Racing -- An Overview 312(3)
Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic -- 315(3)
Alaska, USA
The Beast of Ballyhoura -- Ireland 318(3)
Patagonian Expedition Race -- Chile 321(5)
Coast to Coast -- Scotland 326(3)
Coast to Coast -- New Zealand 329(8)
Or Just Grab Your Canoe ...
Devizes to Westminster International 337(4)
Canoe Race -- UK
Or Maybe Some Oars ...
Atlantic Challenge 341(4)
Or Just Go Completely Crazy!
Zombie Survival Run -- USA/UK 345(4)
Vertical Racing -- Worldwide 349(4)
Shovel Racing -- USA 353(3)
Wife Carrying -- Worldwide 356(5)
And Finally ... 361