Below you will find my list for the hardest races in the world. These races will leave you wondering how the human body can endure such extreme distances, temperatures and fatigue. Comment below on which you feel is the most extreme. I am always amazed at what the human body can perform. Whether that be during a race through the desert like in the Badwater 100 or in biking across america like in RAAM. Training for a hard race like this is intense. It takes years of dedication and commitment before you can even think about racing in one of these competitions.
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Below you will find the Hardest Races In The World
12. Pike’s Peak Marathon
Vertical race that climbs over 7,700 feet to the top of a 14,114 foot peak.
Location: Manitou Springs, Colorado
Distance: 13.3 miles
Pikes Peak Marathon
11. Jungle Ultra Marathon
Multi Stage Footrace through the Amazon Rainforest.
Distance: 230 km
10. Savageman Triathlon
One of the most savage triathlons on the planet.
Location: Deep Creek Lake State Park, Maryland
Distance: 70 miles
9. Primal Quest
A race in South Dakota where teams of four will run, bike, paddle and navigate across 600 miles of the most diverse terrain on the planet.
Location: South Dakota
Distance: 600 miles
8. La Ruta De Los Conquistadores Mountain Bike Race
This races traverses Costa Rica from the west coast of the Pacific to the east coast on the Caribbean. There are four extreme stages where the racers can expect everything from intense heat to frigid cold.
Location: Costa Rica
Distance: 240 miles
La Ruta De Los Conquistadores
7. Barkley Marathons
100 mile race in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. Has 54,200 feet of accumulated vertical climb.
Location: Wartburg, Tennesee
Distance: 100 miles
6. Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run
Crazy intense 100 mile race through the San Juan Mountains.
Location: Silverton, Colorado
Distance: 100 miles
5. Antarctic Ice Marathon
Crazy cold race takes place just a few hundred miles from the South Pole.
Location: South Pole
Distance: 62.2 miles
Antarctic Ice Marathon
4. Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
One of the most intense triathlons on the planet. Some say even puts Ironman to shame.
Distance: 140.4 miles
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
3. Badwater Ultramarathon
Described as the world’s toughest foot race.
Location: Death Valley, California
Distance: 135 miles
2. Marathon Des Sables
The MdS is a six day extreme endurance race across the Sahara Desert.
Location: Sahara Desert in Morocco
Distance: 151 miles
Marathon Des Sables
*My LinkedIn buddy, Bruce Sherman (https://www.gymvalet.com), was the second American finisher in 1990.
1. RAAM–the Bicycle Race Across America
RAAM is a very intense ultra marathon bicycle race across the United States.
Distance: 3,000 miles