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TransEurope-FootRace: Let’s Go Run 2920 Miles

Just when I think there can’t be anything crazier out there in the running world, I encounter an event that blows my mind once again.

The current mind expanding race is called the TransEurope-FootRace.

The Details:

  • 64 stages/days, starting from Italy and ending in Norway.
  • ~4700 km (2920 miles)
  • Shortest stage: 44 km (~27 miles)
  • Longest stage: 95.1 km (~59 miles)

The Course!

What do you think?

It seems a bit intense and some (most) may even say insane but an experience one would probably never forget…assuming you survived.

Out of the 68 participants there is one American, Russell Secker from Texas. You can check out an austin360 interview on him as well as daily updates from his blog in which he provides some pics and insight into this seeming impossible journey.

A few blog tidbits that caught my attention:

  • The route was mostly marked with little pieces of orange tape.
  • The 29 year old male leader is averaging 3:30 marathon pace the entire way!
  • The shoe hacks when the feet are trashed.

The race ended Sunday and Secker finished 30th/68 starters. Per his final blog post, he ran a total of 602 hours. Amazing job!

What does place really mean in this kind of event? If you finish, you are a rock star!

Secker did win one category and included an often said post-ultra statement that is often forgotten after a bit of time.

“One competition that I DID win was body fat loss as measured by the MRI docs. I am now officially devoid of all body fat. I solemnly promise that I will never do anything this crazy ever again.”

What kind of recovery period will Secker enjoy? I think he deserves one! Well the marathon world often talks about one day recovery for every mile of racing. After running 2920 miles, Russell now has an eight year recovery period. I did not say day, nor week, but year! So much for that formula. I don’t see that happening.

Congratulations to Secker and all finishers!

My 11 mile run this weekend felt  sooooooo easy while thinking of this event.

Human potential….an interesting subject.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “TransEurope-FootRace: Let’s Go Run 2920 Miles”

  1. on 11 Jul 2009 at 2:16 pm Russell Secker

    Hi David,
    Thanks for reading and for the interest. Trans Europe was a great event, but I’m really happy to be done!
    I ran 7 miles this morning – I’ve been running a little with my dogs each morning since I got back to Texas 2 weeks ago – so I guess I’m not following the 1 day per mile recovery formula exactly! But hey, nothing’s broken!
    Keep on runnin’

  2. on 12 Jul 2009 at 1:11 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Russell – Happy to hear you are back in Texas and feeling good enough to knock out some more miles. Enjoy the recovery.