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Jun 8, 2011 by

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Running 100 miles (161 kilometers) anywhere could be called superhuman, but the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc between France, Italy, and Switzerland adds a few mind-fraying twists to the challenge. Be prepared for more than 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) of total climbing, hour-long scrambles up dishwasher-size boulders, and knee-busting descents. But there are reasons runners keep going; among them, the views of Mont Blanc and heartening cheers from villagers at every turn. “At the finish, they were stacked six people deep on the fence lines, leaning in, taking pictures, high-fiving,” says Seattle-based runner Krissy Moehl, who won the women’s division in 2003 and 2009. “I felt like a baseball or football star.” Return to Gallery

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