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You’ve heard of running a marathon, right? It is a race of over 26 miles. Many are famous, such as the Boston Marathon. But these are not the longest races run. Did you know there are races of 100 miles in length? And many of these races are not on a paved, city street. They are run over trails, often in rugged terrain.
The Hardrock 100 starts in Silverton, Colorado and makes a loop through the mountains. The average elevation of the race is 11,000 feet, twice the elevation of Denver. During the 102 miles of the race, runners will change elevation, going both uphill and down. The total elevation change over the course is over 66 thousand feet as they cross several mountains. Last year, Kilian Jornet won the race in a time of 21:36:24, just behind his record set the previous year. Yes, racers run through the night. Many require 40 hours to complete the course.* How do you train for such a race? You spend a lot of time in the mountains running to build endurance.
2 Peter 1:5-6 tells us to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control.” (NIV 1984) The word translated “self-control” can also be translated “endurance.” Life is more than a marathon. It is an ultra-race through life’s highs and lows. I Add to your faith in Jesus endurance.
*”Course Description,” Hardrock 100, https://www.hardrock100.com/hardrock-course.php
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