Baikal Ice Marathon. A marathon across the frozen surface of Lake Baikal in SIberia.
This was my first marathon. Originally, I was planning to run the half-marathon because running your first marathon on ice across a frozen lake is obviously ridiculous, but then again, when else are you going to get a chance to run a marathon across a frozen lake in Siberia? Plus it gave me a reason to train through the Russian winter in Moscow.
Genghis Khan Grassland Extreme Marathon. July 2016.
26.2 miles up and down the grassland hills, under big skies in Inner Mongolia, China.
(The clear liquid in the bottles is baijiu (strong Chinese liquor) not water as we thought, fortunately these nice ladies set us straight)
Beijing International Triathlon. Olympic distance.
My first triathlon!
Half-ironman distance triathlon. Taitung, Taiwan.
Getting there involved planes, trains, automobiles, a bike box, and some reassembly.
Mongolia Action Asia Ultra Marathon.
100km over three days. Multiple river crossings, wild horses, endless skies.
Based at a nomadic ger camp couple hours’ drive east of Ulaanbaatar.
Marathon through South Korean-controlled side of the DMZ.
Mines by the side of the road, soldiers manning checkpoints and marking us in and out of restricted areas.
In places you could hear propaganda loudspeakers from both sides.
Half-marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea with Koryo Tours.
50K, eight-hour race in the Blue Ridge mountains, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Named for the line in the John Denver song, Country Roads. First one-day ultra, completed with the help of retired marine ultra-runner “Butch”, who set the pace, and got me to eat the sandwiches.
Video by www.gnathansmith.com here.