The toughest endurance challenges in the world involve more than guts and grit. From mountain biking in the Costa Rican jungle to running a marathon in Death Valley, merely crossing the finish line in one piece is a victory. For adventure on the precipice of possibility, look to these upcoming extreme competitions.
Patagonian Expedition Race, Chile
Spend 10 days traversing 400 miles of southern Chile in a team of four by sea kayak, mountain bike and trekking. For information on the race in February 2017, visit patagonianexpeditionrace.com.
Badwater Ultra Marathon,
Death Valley, California
From July 18 to 20, race 135 miles on foot from the lowest point of Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney. To brave the heat, sand and cacti, visit badwater.com.
Enduroman Arch to Arc, London to Paris
An epic triathlon from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris covering 300 miles, including a swim across the English Channel. To register for a 2017 or 2018 race slot, visit enduroman.com
North Pole Marathon
Run 26.2 miles on ice at the top of the world in subzero temperatures. Races held every April 9. Register for the 2017 race at npmarathon.com.
La Ruta de los Conquistadores, Costa Rica
Follow the 161-mile path of 16th-century conquistadors on a mountain bike through deep jungle and over high-altitude volcanoes from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Register for the November 2016 race at adventurerace.com.
Plain 100, Cascades, Washington
For an extreme adventure in your own backyard, run 75 miles of trail and 25 miles of forest service roads in the Cascade Mountains completely self-supported on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Register at ultrasignup.com.