Atlanta Runner Tackles 100-Mile Ultramarathon Trail Race

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Ever heard of someone running one hundred miles at once? On September 5, 2008, at 8:00 a.m., Atlanta endurance athlete Christian Griffith, will be standing at the starting line of the Superior Sawtooth 100-mile Trail Race ready to do just that.

Ever heard of someone running one hundred miles at once?

On September 5, 2008, at 8:00 a.m., Atlanta endurance athlete Christian Griffith, will be standing at the starting line of the Superior Sawtooth 100-mile Trail Race outside Two Harbors, Minnesota, ready to do just that.

"It just seems so surreal", says Christian when talking about his upcoming experience. "I have completed a handful of mountain trail races throughout the Southeastern United States ranging from eleven miles to forty miles, but tackling one hundred miles is something altogether different."

As documented on his web site, Run 100 Miles, Christian has been training since June 2006 to obtain the proper conditioning for a hundred miles of trail running; however, unlike most runners, Christian includes a substantial amount of strength training to complement the large number of weekly training miles.

"I run a lot, but I don't run as much as most other endurance athletes," explains Christian. "I utilize a functional strength training methodology called CrossFit which has proven to make my body dramatically stronger as a whole."

A traditional marathon is a footrace race for 26.2 miles and many runners aspire to complete a marathon once in their lifetime; But an ultramarathon, is anything longer than the marathon, and traditionally held at distances from 30 miles to 100 miles, with some unique races stretching even further. Needless to say, the field of participants for these events is a fraction of the runners competing in marathons.

To add to the difficulty of these races, most ultramarathons are held on hiking trails, in remote mountain ranges across the country.

"I chose the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile ultramarathon because of the race's reputation within the ultrarunning community," explains Christian. "The mountains are not as tall as some of the West Coast races, but the terrain is comprised of constant climbing and descending, a total of 20,000 feet in total, on top of very technical, and difficult terrain. Add in the experience of being engulfed in scenery of unparalleled fall beauty, and it's hard to imagine a better place to spend thirty hours."

At the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile Trail Race, Christian, and the other participants, will be running throughout the day, and night, and will be expected to complete the race sometime during the afternoon of September 6, 2008.

"I have trained extensively for this race and my mental, emotional, and physical states have never been stronger," says Christian. "Situations like running through the lonely periods at night, deep in the dark woods, will definitely be a challenge, but I am confident that I will keep pushing forward, one foot in front of the other, until I have finished the hundred miles."

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