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Ferdinand de Souza – Exploring the Unknown, Flip Flops, Peace, and the Hardrock 100



Ferdinand de Souza of New Mexico entered the running and trail running scene in Utah during the late 1970s. Ferdinand progressed through the distances and was intrigued by the challenge of the 100 mile distance, a journey into the unknown.

“Can I do this?”

After finishing his first 100 at Wasatch Front 100 back in 1986, Ferdinand also strung together his own slam of 100 mile races.

Gradually he drifted away from the sport before he and his wife, Diane, returned back to the sport in 2006.

Then the question returned.

“Can I do this?”

A finish at The Bear 100 in 2011 provided the answer – Yes!

At the age of 60, Ferdinand hit the ultra running jackpot with his name being pulled from the Hardrock 100 hat.

Enjoy as we chat about the early running days, reflections on our sport from past to present, and the 47+ hour journey to kiss the Hardrock.

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Chat Notes

  • The running boom of the late 1970s.
  • The revelation of hiker to trail runner
  • Ferdinand shares reflections from that first 100 back in 1986 including his unique footwear for the final miles
  • Thoughts on what has changed in the sport and stayed the same through the last 25+ years
  • Who were Ferdinand’s early mentors in the sport
  • Training. What does it look like today
  • Ferdinand’s approach to reducing and managing injury
  • His predominant thought once his name was pulled from the Hardrock hat
  • Ferdinand’s training approach for Hardrock
  • The larger than life imagery in the first 50 miles of the Hardrock 100
  • Ferdinand shares his biggest fear to finish this race
  • What Ferdinand ate for two days while scampering in the San Juan mountains
  • Comparing his mental make-up of the Hardrock 100 before this finish and afterwards
  • Ferdinand’s biggest takeaways from the experience
  • The stroke of luck that saved Ferdinand’s race
  • Core advice for first-timers
  • The gift ultra running shares with him

Books Mentioned

Products Mentioned

Special thanks to Ferdinand for sharing with us.

And thank you for listening!

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Also, be sure to check out lots of great insights from many of our TALON Hardrockers in our results summary.

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 “Ferdinand de Souza – Exploring the Unknown, Flip Flops, Peace, and the Hardrock 100”

  1. on 18 Aug 2014 at 7:10 pm rms

    Good interview, and great shirt!

  2. on 22 Aug 2014 at 3:02 pm David Hanenburg

    RMS, thanks for sharing! 🙂