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Ultramarathon Quiz
by Staff
Ultramarathons are crazy-long foot races that push humans to their physical breaking points. How much do you know about these endurance events?

An ultramarathon is any foot race longer than what distance?

  • 26.2 miles
  • 30 miles
  • 50 miles

What is a common time limit for 100-mile trail ultras?

  • 24 hours
  • 30 hours
  • 38 hours

What's the time limit for the Hardrock 100 in Colorado?

  • 38 hours
  • 48 hours
  • 58 hours

What's the location of the Marathon de Sables?

  • Austria
  • France
  • Sahara Desert

About how many people participate in the Marathon de Sables each year?

  • about 30
  • about 70
  • about 1,000

How does a runner sign up for the Hardrock 100?

  • Only elite runners are allowed.
  • There is a lottery system.
  • First come, first served.

What happens to the Hardrock 100 course each year?

  • New river crossings are added.
  • It is reversed.
  • It is totally changed.

What is a common reward for runners who complete an ultramarathon?

  • a belt buckle
  • a cowbell
  • a hernia

The Grand to Grand Ultra covers about how many miles?

  • 90 miles
  • 170 miles
  • 221 miles

What's a "sweeper"?

  • volunteers at aid stations
  • a runner who runs right at the race's cut-off pace
  • a volunteer who picks up trash after a race

What's the average completion rate of the Tor des Geants, a 205-mile race in Italy?

  • about 60 percent
  • about 50 percent
  • about 40 percent

How many loops make up the Barkley Marathons?

  • five
  • seven
  • nine

What's the time limit for the Barkley Marathons?

  • 48 hours
  • 54 hours
  • 60 hours

How long did it take Zach Bitter to run 100 miles on a track, setting an American record?

  • 11:20:21
  • 11:40:55
  • 12:21:32

How many stages make up the 268-mile Montane Spine Race, held during winter in Britain?

  • one
  • 13
  • 29

Where is the 143-mile Jungle Ultra held?

  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Bolivia

During the Badwater Ultramarathon, it is not uncommon for runners to experience what temperatures?

  • 100 degrees
  • 110 degrees
  • 120 degrees

What's the distance of the Self-Transcendence Race in Queens, New York?

  • 500 miles
  • 840 miles
  • 3,100 miles

Where is the Fat Dog 100?

  • British Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Australia

What's the cumulative elevation gain of the H.U.R.T. 100 in Hawaii?

  • 18,300 feet
  • 21,500 feet
  • 24,500 feet

For medical reasons, runners are weighed during the Leadville 100. They are pulled from the race if they lose how much of their body weight during the event?

  • 3 percent
  • 7 percent
  • 12 percent

What month is the Yukon Arctic Ultra held?

  • August
  • February
  • June

What's the longest distance in the Yukon Artic Ultra?

  • 120 miles
  • 220 miles
  • 430 miles

What year was the 56-mile Comrades Marathon first held?

  • 1921
  • 1961
  • 1988

What is the world's oldest 100-mile ultramarathon?

  • Western States 100
  • Lican Ray-Villarrica
  • Annapurna 100

What's the age of most of the people who run ultramarathons?

  • under 30
  • 30-40
  • over 40

What's the prize money for a first-place finish at the 103-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in in the Alps?

  • nothing
  • $10,000
  • $5,000

What's the distance of the Iditarod Trail Invitational?

  • 1,000 miles
  • 200 miles
  • 65 miles

How many marathons do runners complete during the Spartathlon Ultra Race?

  • three
  • four
  • six

Since 2000, how many runners have completed the 1,000-mile version of the Iditarod Trail Invitational?

  • three
  • 15
  • 22