28 Dec '14, 4pm

One of our favorite #longreads of the year: "The Contradiction of @robkrar"

One of our favorite #longreads of the year: "The Contradiction of @robkrar"

In the summer of 2013, a then-36-year-old night pharmacist from Hamilton, Ontario, entered the Western States Endurance Run, one of the world’s most competitive 100-mile races. It would be the farthest he’d ever run—by 50 miles. If he finished, the race would take him and the 276 other participants on a scrambling tour of the California high country. From the start at Squaw Valley, the runners would arc west through the Sierra Nevada, climbing some 18,000 total feet and descending 23,000 feet more, all the way into the town of Auburn on the outskirts of Sacramento. For the majority of the field, the most sought-after prize is a belt buckle earned for finishing in 24 hours. Barely 15 hours after the athletes disappeared into the mountains, the pharmacist, Rob Krar, came running into view outside the finish at the Placer High School track. He had second place firmly in hand,...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-runner-profiles/the-con...

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