I was thinking about my races this year and I began to realize that my races will take me to many of the "extremes" of the United States.
Southernmost City in the Contiguous United States: Keys Ultra 100 will end in Key West. Key West is the Southernmost City of the contiguous U.S. at 24°33′33″N, 81°47′03″W. It also hosts the Southernmost Point of the contiguous U.S.
Hottest Recorded Temperature in the United States: The Badwater 135 starts in Badwater, Death Valley. On July 10, 1913 a temperature of 134 degrees F (56.7 C) was recorded in Death Valley. It also holds the extreme record for Hottest summer average in Western Hemisphere (US): Death Valley, Calif., 98 °F (36.7 °C). Source: HypertextBook
Highest Point in Contiguous United States: Badwater 135 will take me to the Mt. Whitney Portal where, I hope and pray, I will finish and that I will be able to continue the next day to the summit of Mt. Whitney. At 14,505 feet it is the highest point in the contiguous United States. .
Highest City in U.S. Territory: The Leadville 100 miler starts at Leadville, Colorado. At 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest city in all of the U.S. territory. Source: Wikipedia
Lowest Point In the United States: At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin in Death Valley is not only the lowest point in the U.S. territory, it is the lowest point in the western hemisphere.
Top 100 Endangered Sites: OK, I admit, I had to search for this one, but since I am running the Mother Road 100 miler on historic Route 66, I had to find some "extreme" title. Route 66 has been named to the list of the Most Endangered Sites by the World Monument Fund. Source: Wikipedia
Tussey mOUTaiNBACK 50-mile (forest) Road Nationals: pushing Vespa and levitation to the edge - I'm really happy I could squeezed these 3rd Nationals in my schedule this year: it was really tight, but I was able to stop by Pennsylvania on my way to a...