In life you reach a point where you stop feeling... yes feeling anything. No pain, no fear, no anger, no joy, no disgust, no trust or mistrust, no anticipation, no surprise, no sadness, no thirst, no hunger, no depression, no hate, no love, no nothing. But you have to go through all of them and much more, literally to abysmally lows and higher than highest highs to get there. And then you suddenly realise that nothing matters. You and everything else around you is simply insignificant.
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La Ultra - The High
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Kieren Dsouza, the name you need to remember in ultra running world.
This kid is going to make India proud in Ultra Running.
Alex (Germany) & Dunya (Behrain), a couple changed by ultra running.
Dunya and Alex left behind an unhealthy life of well-rounded smokers, and picked up running in 2009 and ultra running in 2014. Now the changed couple are running La Ultra - The High for the second year.
Mark is a complete ultra runner having two extreme aspects to him, one that of extremely competitive athlete but on the other a monk of a runner. He's running 333km at La Ultra - The High for the third time.
Jovica, the Serbian wolf is running 333km at La Ultra - The High, is from the special forces back home. For him, running races has a deeper meaning and purpose than just records on paper.
Grant Maughan, an Australian, a seafarer, an ultra-runner, triathlete, surfer & general adventurer, also a participant in 7th edition of La Ultra - The High has come 6th (2016), 9th (2015) and 2nd (2014 & 2013) at Badwater ultra, besides winning the Iditarod Trail Invitational 130 mile race which qualifies him for 350 mile race next year.
Nahila (Chile / Mexico) a 222km participant of La Ultra - The High, is the first women to cross Atacama Desert, 1230 Km in 23 days and first women to complete ‘5 continents Grand Slam’. She finished the Badwater Ultra (2013) in 36:17:13.
She also happens to be the first lady to officially finish 111km at La Ultra - The High.
Dariusz Strychaliski, a Polish participant in 222k at 7th edition of La Ultra - The High, was left in coma after a car accident at 7yrs of age. Today he runs ultras like no ones business even though his right side is partially paralysed.
La Ultra on NHK (Japanese national TV): Ryoichi Sato (52 yrs) participated in the 4th edition of La Ultra - The High, is 74th ultra. Just 2 months before the run, he got a pacemaker implanted. He has had back problems for last 23 years. During this run, his knees were bothering him to the extent of stopping him from continuing.
Ole (Denmark) & Sato (Japan) finishing 2013 edition of La Ultra - The High.
Alex Kaine after finishing 1st at LA ULTRA - THE HIGH 2013. Along with a guest appearance by his son Atreyu. He crossed finish line in 39hrs 54min 38sec.
Polish participants at 2013 edition of La Ultra - The High.
How tough are you? Start with respect, not being a stud. That's what La Ultra - The High teaches. This is 2014 edition in under 1 min.
La Ultra - The High (www.thehigh.in) is the cruelest & highest altitude ultra marathon out there. It's held in Leh-Ladakh region in the Indian Himalayas. A total distance of 333 km have to be covered on foot in a time period of 72 hours, crossing three of the highest mountain passes all above 17,400 ft.
Six runners from around the globe join to take on the high altitude ultra-marathon that is becoming known as one of the toughest races on earth. In their efforts to complete the 137-mile course, over two of the highest motorable passes in the world they will fend off pulmonary edema, hypothermia, and fatigue and between each of them only one can finish first but all will suffer, in ULTRA HIGH.
This is how the La Ultra - The High journey begin. Barry Walton just put this clip together literally from thin air. Yeah, thin air :)
"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all." - David Livingstone That's what La Ultra - The High (www.thehigh.in) is about?
At La Ultra - The High, I try to make a Dangerous event Difficult. But most humans suffer from the 'Immortal till we die' syndrome. Rules up there are for the safety of the runners. That is my first priority. I would never ever compromise on that.
Sometimes you need to take the leap of faith. In 2010, it was my very first time in Leh. I simply had a calling. La Ultra - The High needed to be done. Here is a slideshow showing our journey from first time in Leh to getting to start line of La Ultra - The High.