George Schroeder article in the 7/10/2009 Register-Guard newspaper:
He has run a marathon in 2 hours, 26 minutes. So yeah, it was disconcerting when it took Dan Olmstead nearly as long to go less than four miles.
This was not quite two weeks ago, during the Western States Endurance Run. He almost finished the 100-mile race, which is run on rugged trails in California’s Sierra Nevadas.
But Olmstead’s last segment — walking, shuffling, nothing that even resembled running — took forever. He staggered into the aid station, 93.5 miles from the start, with only a few more to go, and …
“I knew I was done.”
While several friends were crossing the finish line, Olmstead was on his way by ambulance to a hospital, his kidneys clogged with waste material from the dying muscles in his overworked legs.
At this point you’re wondering why anyone would run 100 miles, anyway. For the definitive answer, we go to Craig Thornley, a longtime ultra-runner:
“If you have to ask,” Thornley says, laughing, “you’re never gonna get it.”
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