A 3,100-mile ultramarathon takes place around a single Queens NYC block. Runners have 52 days to run the route 5,649 times during which many experience out-of-body hallucinations. Only 43 people have ever finished.
Nike founded and oversees an ultra-elite running group, with state of the art equipment such as underwater treadmills, and whose athletes live in a specially designed house where filters remove oxygen so the athletes develop more red blood cells in a simulated high-altitude environment.
A guy and his friends have a tradition of putting on full Star Wars costumes and running a timed mile in Death Valley on the hottest day of the year. They call it the “Darth Valley Challenge” and temperatures can be as high as 129°F/54°C.
There’s a Kenyan tradition of running naked at night.
Humans are the best long-distance runners on the planet, able to beat horses (and everything else) in marathon distance races.
There’s a man who ran nonstop for 135 miles in 120F degrees across death valley, a marathon in the South Pole in -40F and did 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states.
Before the finish line, a Spanish sportsman running in second place, noticed that the Kenyan running in first place has lost his way, instead of taking advantage of the situation, he guided him all the way to the end and let him win.
There is a Native American tribe of ultra-runners known as the Tarahumara. They can run 200 miles non-stop, and play running games that go on for up to 2 days without breaks. They use the toe-strike method of running instead of the traditional heel-strike. And they do it drunk.
Humans are capable of running 40 mph according to a study by biomechanical expert Dr. Matthew Bundle. Today’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has a top speed of 28 mph.
“Runners’ high” is chemically equivalent to smoking pot.