A 26-year-old man making his racing debut has won a crazy 160km run in the United States.
Adam Peterman won the Western States 100-mile race in California in a record time of 15:13.47 at an average pace of 5.43sec/km.
The elapsed time also includes several stops during the race – brief medicals, meals and toilet breaks – to make it even crazier.
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The race follows the Western States Trail – a hiking trail that climbs over 5 km and descends over 7 km, and includes a river crossing.
It is considered the flagship race of its kind.
Peterman – who has now won five ultra-marathons – told the live broadcast of the race at the finish line that he didn’t think he had a chance at the start of the race.
“I felt so bad at the start – at the mile like 4-15 I thought ‘this is a bad day for me’ – I had all these negative thoughts,” he said.
It wasn’t until he caught up with another runner and found a stride that his fortunes began to turn.
Peterman took the lead with around 40km to go and raced away to win by half an hour. As he approached the finish line, he still had enough energy to stir up the crowd.
“You never know what’s going to happen over 100 miles, so I just tried to run my own race and hoped that would get me on the podium at the end,” he said.
“It worked – I felt like I was inside myself the whole time. I couldn’t imagine pushing myself that whole run. It’s so long so you have to run inside yourself.
Kiwi Ruth Croft was the first woman to go home, finishing in 17:21.30 – the third fastest time ever recorded by a woman. She finished 12th overall.
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