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September 4, 2013

The Burning Man Ultra Marathon. {Video}

It was loud, quiet, confusing, exciting, inspiring, beautiful, difficult, desolate and rewarding.

Two days before heading out to my very first Burning Man, I Googled “running at burning man” to see if I could find anyone to exercise with. Being an active Boulder boy, I wanted to break up the partying with some healthy movement. What came back from Google put a huge smile on my face. The Burning Man Ultra Marathon!  I’d never run a 50k before and I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

These simple, yet powerful words from their website sealed the deal: “It’s fun. It’s insane. It’s the ultimate high.”

We stopped at every opportunity to dance, watched the beautiful sunrise, witnessed the last stragglers wandering off to their camps and ultimately completed four laps of Black Rock City (seven miles each, plus an extra three miles to make it a clean 50k).

I even convinced Waylon Lewis to run the final lap with me, the longest run of his life at seven miles. He was a champ!

The winners, an organizer (Wayne), a friend (Kirsten) and Waylon, who ran a 12K loop with Mathew and Ryan, longest of his “career” (Waylon, unlike those two, is no athlete).

The most amazing, unique and quirky ultra race on the planet:

Big thanks to Cherie and her team Pink Lightning for putting on an incredibly fun race.



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amphibi1yogini Oct 28, 2013 4:55am

Wow! You don't know how to drive a car! You need a stick shift out there in Boulder, that's probably why. I never was able to learn how to drive a stick shift.

I am in no way a runner, but this ultra seems more productive than a lot of the other Burning Man activities … there is hope for humanity yet!

Darren [Australia] Sep 11, 2013 11:43pm

Seriously consider that for next year! Looks awesome! 🙂

Sara Sep 6, 2013 10:45am

Yeah virgin burner and ultra marathoner…this video is awesome!! Makes me wish I was back on the playa right now…welcome home!

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Ryan Van Duzer is a proud Boulder native, loves sleeping under the stars, and is happiest on a bike. He works as a video journalist and TV host, appearing on Discovery Channel’s Out Of the Wild and hosting various series for TravelChannel.com. He also works as a bicycle advocate for People for Bikes and loves inspiring people to get out and ride. If you’re ever in Boulder, you can probably find Ryan at the nearest burrito joint. To see Ryan’s videos from around the world, visit his Youtube Page.