Toughest Fitness Challenges In Sport

More and more people are looking to test themselves whether it be on the, or through fitness challenges. Ultra-racing continues to grow in popularity around the world, but what are the toughest fitness challenges that can be taken part in? Here we cover the top three. 

3) Ironman

Whether it should sit in the top three is up for debate, but it continues to be one of the most popular growing fitness challenges across the world. There are regular events taking place each year, as people look to qualify for the World Championships that take place each year in Kona, Hawaii. An Ironman race consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike before finishing with a 26.2 mile run. This is a gruelling test and one of the hardest one day events that people can take part in. Each race has a cut off time for each discipline and a final one for the race of around 17 hours if you are to be called an Ironman. 

2) The Badwater Ultramarathon

This race is widely regarded as ‘the world’s toughest foot race’, and for good reason. It comprises of a 135 mile race that starts at 279 feet below sea level, in California’s Death Valley. The race then ends at an elevation of 8360 feet, just showing the incredible test for racers. It is made all the more harder due to the extreme weather conditions with it being in the height of summer annually around mid-July. This race is for the real seasoned Ultra runners, as not many are capable of finishing the race.

1) The Barkley Marathon

It at number one has to be the Barkley Marathon, which until recently was virtually unheard-of. The race was founded by Gary ‘Lazarus’ Cantrell back in 1986, and is limited to just 40 runners each year. Not much had been known about the race, but it has now had a Netflix documentary on it, so its popularity has grown in recent years. The race itself takes place each year around late March, and in order to complete it must be finished within the time limit of 60 hours. The trail race is held in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. To complete the race participants must complete five loops of the testing course. Since the inauguration of the race it has been completed just 18 times from 15 runners, just showing how difficult a test it is. 

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  1. The Barkley Marathon sounds interesting. I should probably watch the Netflix documentary so I can visualize how hard the race is.

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