MARK POWER

Global Fishing, Adventures & Pissfit Tours

Patagonia 250km Ultramarathon

Pissfit Tours - Category 3

3 Bottle Tour

2017 wasn’t going to be my biggest year for adventure challenges, but as it was a milestone year on the birthday front I was preparing myself to complete something of significance. On Saturday November 16, I completed the Racing The Planet 250km Ultramarathon in Patagonia. It took nearly two years of planning and training to get there but after a big build up that included a new baby boy, extensive 40th birthday celebrations and a busted lower back, I still felt comfortable giving myself the most unusual of  birthday presents, an intense physical and mental challenge in the wilds of South America.

It was a unique and challenging competition in a very special part of the world with highly motivated and open-minded people. I finished 17th out 290 competitors but just to finish was an achievement for me considering the injury and inconsistent training in the lead up. I have returned from Patagonia more philosophical about life and truly grateful for the modern convenient life that we lead and my family and friends.

I could write about the experience here but my good mate Richie Bray and running partner (who finished 7th and took out the 30-39 yr age group) has done a great job writing about our experience in his own blog. He gives you great insight into day-to-day life whilst competing and the true mateship we enjoyed.

Pre-race: http://richardcbray.com/final-prep-let-games-begin/

Stage 1: http://richardcbray.com/first-day-school/

Stage 2: http://richardcbray.com/digging-deep-low-fuel/

Stage 3: http://richardcbray.com/pain-in-patagonia/

Stage 4: http://richardcbray.com/fast-and-furious/

Stage 5 – The Long March: http://richardcbray.com/big-day-done-dusted/ 

Stage 6: http://richardcbray.com/the-finish-line-and-why/ 

Check out the last 30 secs of the official video for the boys and I in our budgies.

My results:

Power RTP Patagonia Results

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The Kit We Have To Fit In A 25ltr Pack

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It’s only 250kms

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Richie and his Hot Chilli pants

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Tent Number 9

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Ready For What Lies Ahead

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Our Accommodation For The Next 7 Nights

 

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In full flight Stage 2

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Quick water stop

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It was running all the way, unless the hills got too steep

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Chatting around the Campfire with ‘The Doc’ Steve Donchey and ‘The Weapon’ Chip Corley

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Oh the smell of 7 ultrarunners in a tent over 7 days was delightful

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Getting ready for another cold night

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Nervous smiles the morning of The Long March

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Finish line here we come

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Smuggling Budgies Across The Finishing Line

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Budgies In Arms

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Steaks And Beers Post Race Were Heavenly

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Richie Won His Age Group

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My Biggest Fan Hunter Max. In tough moments during the race I had him in my head saying what I tell him repeatedly – Never, Ever Give Up

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2017 by in Adventure, Pissfit Tour, Races, Running and tagged , .
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