Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset

Scheduled for August 1, the scenic Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100 km ultramarathon invites the world’s toughest athletes to test their limits amid the mountains of picturesque Lake Hovsgol National Park, which features one of the world’s clearest lakes, Lake Hovsgol, aka “Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia.” Read all about it at the Adrenalist..

Craziest marathons

Think marathons and other long-distance races always meant traditional, spandex-clad runners pounding city streets to hit their mile splits faster than they did the year before? Power gel, shin splints and thousands of discarded paper cups included?

Think again. Turns out some pretty unconventional races mark the worldwide sporting calendar. These are five of the world’s craziest marathons. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Marathon man Dean Karnazes

So you think you’re fit? If you’re comparing yourself to endurance athlete Dean Karnazes, you may want to think again. He makes even dedicated performers look like couch potatoes.

Time named the LA-raised go-getter of Greek extraction one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,”Men’s Fitness hailed Karnazes as one of the fittest men on the planet and Wired described him as the “perfect human”.

No athlete comes closer to being superhuman. Besides having completed 50 marathons in 50 days, Karnazes logs 200 miles for a laugh and races in 120-degree heat.

Not bad for a former marketing executive whose idea of competition was once the rat race. A graduate of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and Management, he has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Top Death Valley adventures

Fiery Death Valley invites comparisons with the Planet Mars. For most adventurers, just driving to Death Valley and hiking its scorching surface is challenge enough. The 140 mile-long California crater set some 130 miles from Las Vegas presents extreme conditions.

Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America. In 2001, Death Valley notched up daytime high temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for 153 days running.

Still, some adventurers treat the spectacular rip in the earth as an arena for exploration. Find out what thrills that Death Valley offers besides the chance to zoom around it in a jeep. Read more at the Adrenalist

Top three endurance races

You know you are getting a good workout when you start hallucinating. That actually happens during the world’s most extreme endurance races. The ultra-demanding events push mind and body to their limits and beyond, driving some competitors into the realm of madness. Some contestants report paranoia.

Think you are tough enough to handle that level of pressure? Get a feel for the obstacles presented by the toughest races on earth. Read more at the Adrenalist