Over the years, endurance sports have come to play an important role in my life and several times a year I participate in events that take more than 10 (and often more than 20) hours to complete. I ran my first marathon in 2000 and did my first Olympic distance triathlon in 2001.
Over time, the distances have become longer and I’ve successfully participated in several ultra triathlon (up to the triple Ironman distance = 11.4km swimming, 540km cycling and 126.6km running) and ultra marathon events (up to running 201km in 24 hours).
Ultra endurance events, especially ultra triathlons, are unlike any “competitive” sporting event you might see on television. As there are only about 150 people world-wide (!) participating in IUTA events, and no more than 50 in a given race, this is a small community many people refer to as their “family” with an incredible spirit of fairness, respect and international friendship.
Below is a list of completed races I have participated in, only including marathons and above for running and long-distance triathlons.
Doha Marathon (42.2km run), Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival (50km run)
Columbia City Veterans Marathon (42.2km run), Education City Challenge (42.2km run)
Doha Marathon (42.2km run), Marathon des Sables (staged 249.4km run), Weald Challenge Trail (50km run), Pernio 60 km (60km run), Stockholm Ultra (100km run), Tango Ultramarathon (100km run), QF Classic Marathon (42.2km run), Aspire 50km GCC Championship (50m run)
Doha Marathon (42.2km run), Wadi Bih Run (72km and 1000m+ run), Hyannis Marathon (42.2km run), Doha 6:50 Ultra Race [March] (50km run), Dead Sea Ultra Marathon (50km run), Liege-Bastogne-Liege [medium variant] (167km and 2647m+ bike), 24h running in Minden, 100 miles around the isle of Mors (160km run), 100km de Terrassa (100km run), Doha 6:50 Ultra Race [October] (50km run), IUA 100km Doha (100km run), 24h running in Santpoort-Noord
Dubai Marathon (42.2km run), Abu Dhabi Triathlon (3km swim, 200km bike, 20km run), Neulengbach Double Triathlon World Championship (7.6km swim, 360km bike, 84.4km run), Dirndltal Extrem Ultramarathon (111km and 5000+m run), Iznik Ultra (130km and 2250m+ run), 100 Meilen Berlin (161km run), Trail du Tour du Canton (81km and 1450m+ run)
100km de Calella (100km run), 100km de Terrassa (100km run), Barcelona Marathon (42.2km run), Paris Marathon (42.2km run), Bieler Lauftage (100km run)
2011 and earlier
24h running in Barcelona (2010 and 2011), 24h running in Basel (2011), 100km de Calella (2011), 6h running in Calella (2011), 100km de Terrassa (2010 and 2011), 24h cycling in Calafat (2011), Barcelona Marathon (2010 and 2011), Ironcat Triathlon in Ampolla (2009 and 2010), Neulengbach Double Triathlon (2009 and 2010), Lensahn Triple Triathlon World Championship 2010 (11.4km swim, 540km bike, 126.6km run), 2009 Castelldefels Marathon, 2x Berlin Marathon, 2x Lausanne Marathon, 2002 Moscow Marathon, 2x Saarbruecken Marathon, 2009 Maresme Challenge (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), 2008 Forestman (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), 2007 Roth Challenge (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), 2006 Gerardmer Triathlon XL (4km swim, 120km bike, 30km run), 2009 Zermatt Marathon (42.km and 1944m+ run), and a few dozen of forgotten and shorter races.