The UVU Volcano Marathon was a great race. I like the landscape in the Atacama Desert a lot and the race is well organised.
It was tough to race at 4500 meters but for the first 21 kilometers I felt fine. The last long uphill section was brutal. I could really feel the lack of oxygen in the air and my body starting to cramp.
I had to slow down the pace and drink and eat as much as I could. When I reached the last highest point I was really happy.
The technical part of the race started and I enjoyed it. I came in first women and third overall just two minutes behind the second man.
Name: Patrick Utz
For me it’s all about finishing The Race, something that seemed impossible last year. This is my motivation and makes me kick my ass into shape. I began endurance sports very late in life after a long time of doing nothing. Now I see this as a privilege as there there are so many to do. The second thing that attracts me to tougher events is that they normally have fewer starters. Ironman races are overcrowded and too commercial for me. I don’t like that, I want to feel the nature and be challenged by it. The Race offers exactly that.
We were delighted that The Race was included as one of the worlds toughest endurence events. In only our second year it was brilliant to be included in this list compiled by CTV news in Canada.
With no background in endurance events of this duration Arthur completed the The Race 2014 in a time of 22 hours and 36 minutes.
We caught up with him this week to chat about The Race and his advise for others taking on the challenge in 2015.
Name: Arthur McMahon
The Race 2014 Time: 22 Hours 36 Minutes
I played rugby for 25 years and retired from playing when I was 36. I did virtually no training for 8 years after that, mostly because I thought that a 17 stone bloke on a bike would look stupid and I had no training focus.
Unfortunately my Mum was diagnosed with cancer in Spring 2012 and so I decided I would train for a local adventure race, The Coastal Cancer Challenge, to help raise some funds for local cancer charities. I only had 10 weeks to train but found that I really enjoyed cycling and kayaking. I still hated running but found it got a bit easier the more I did. I got through the event in a little over 5 hours but thought I could go faster.
On the start line of the 2013 Gaelforce North there was chat about a really long event “The Race” and, over the course of a few months, I began to realise that I couldn’t go fast so I decided to see if I could go long instead.
I still thought that the jump from 5-6 hour events to a 24 hour event was too great and decided to do a 130km (half The Race) distance training day in October. Happily I got round it in a bit over 10.5 hours so I knew that, with a decent winters training, I would have a decent stab at getting round the 250km distance.