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blog-0711262001390703751.jpgFirst things first: I would like to complain about the fact that people are not at all creative while heckling runners. You may think that shouting "Run Forrest, run!" out of your car window is funny and original, but its not. I've heard that at least 20 times in the last few years. In case you have never seen the movie Forrest Gump (shame on you if you haven't, you don't deserve to be a person) this is a reference to the scene when protagonist Forrest is being chased by bullies and his friend Jenny yells "Run Forrest, run!" so he does causing the braces to break off his legs and allowing him to take off full sprint through a field, escaping the bullies and discovering his running ability (I shouldn't have even had to explain that...) Later in the movie Forrest runs across the US several times which is quite the display of distance running ability. But this is far from fiction- since 1909 there have been 283 recorded crossing of the continental US on foot by 252 individuals. Other extreme running feats include the Ultramarathon which is a race longer than a marathon, which is 26.2 miles (42.2 km). Some extreme examples include the Leadville 100 and Western States Endurance Run, which are both 100 mile races run on mountain trails at elevations of over 10000 feet and contain 15000 to 18000 feet of climbing and descending, and the Badwater Ultramarathon which is run 135 miles through death valley (average air temperature of 120 degrees F) and finishes by climbing 13000 feet up Mount Whitney. In the during this race the road surface gets so hot that runners must run on the white lines on the side of the road to keep the soles of their shoes from melting though participants usually go through several pairs throughout the race anyway


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