Forget the challenge of running a marathon. Or even taking part in the Badwater Ultramarathon, which equals around five back-to-back-marathons.
Lisa Smith-Batchen ran the Badwater Ultramarathon four times in a row.
The 135-mile route is known as “the world’s toughest footrace” due to the extreme heat - frequent temperatures in the mid-120 degrees - and the distance.
Smith-Batchen, 54, ran the 584 miles “Quad Badwater” to raise money for an organization she created called Badwater4GoodWater, which, along with the Waterkeepers Alliance, works to increase clean water around the world.
From Runner's World:
Smith-Batchen ran roughly 40 to 50 miles per day over just about 14 days. “I had in my head that every mile run would help 1,000 people. I’d do three miles and think, ‘Three thousand people. I can do this,'" she says.
Smith-Batchen started running at 6:20 a.m. on July 1, and finished at 10:06 a.m. on July 15.
- Sarah Barshop