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Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:39 PM

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Source: NPR

The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:



This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

Here's how Runner's World describes what happened:


Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/30/418897517/with-just-seconds-to-spare-70-year-old-finishes-100-mile-endurance-race




What an inspiration!

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Reply With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race (Original post)
demmiblue Jun 2015 OP
shenmue Jun 2015 #1
ananda Jun 2015 #2
jberryhill Jun 2015 #3
Laffy Kat Jun 2015 #4
Gin Jun 2015 #5
former9thward Jun 2015 #6
Travis_0004 Jun 2015 #7
demmiblue Jun 2015 #9
ohheckyeah Jun 2015 #8
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #10

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:44 PM

1. Wow

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:48 PM

2. Ohhh, that was so beautiful!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:57 PM

3. Good thing we got that leap second in this week

 

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:03 PM

4. Goddess love her! What an inspiration. nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:14 PM

5. Wow....just wow

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:18 PM

6. Fantastic!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:23 PM

7. I love this graphic

 

A lot of people talk about Boston and Heartbreak hill. This puts things in perspective.



The graphic is older before they switched direction on the course. In this graphic the course is 'all downhill'. That alone was quite an accomplishment, now that the direction has been reversed and its uphill, its an even bigger accomplishment.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:51 PM

9. Thanks for that additional info/graphic.

Astonishing to see the comparison!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:44 PM

8. Beyond awesome.

Very cool.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 08:15 PM

10. I wanna be her.

Awesome!

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