February 5-6, 2005

During May 2004, at a family gathering, I set a crazy goal.   I wanted to finish a 100-mile race.   I had heard of a local Wasatch 100 race before, but I really knew nothing about it.  I had supposed that some sort of crazed super humans ran in it.  I researched on the Internet and discovered that there was a community of between 5,000-10,000 crazy people in the U.S. called ultrarunners who ran in races further than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles.   How is that possible?  Could I do it?  I had never run in an official race longer than 110 yards.  I had been doing fast hikes of up to 35 miles, but was not skilled in the sport of long-distance running.

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