The making of a mega-jock

Welcome to the boundary-pushing world of the ‘ultra-marathoner’.

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April 10, 2014 12:12
RUNNERS RAISING money for Beit Halohem

RUNNERS RAISING money for Beit Halohem, an organization helping disabled veterans of Israel, are (from L to R) Mark Goldman, Alex Dale, Oded Yogev and Ben Wahlhaus. (photo credit: TOMER FEDER)

 
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For some extreme athletes – perhaps the rare breed who are in world-class shape – running a 42.2-km. marathon might seem like a walk in the park.

There is little doubt that the runners who succeeded in completing the Jerusalem Marathon in March or the Tel Aviv Marathon in February – or perhaps both – deserve much respect for their athletic prowess. Many of the participants can also take pride in the fact that they were running to raise funds for a slew of worthy charities, both in Israel and abroad. But some of these mega-jocks opt for longer and more grueling races to obtain their “runner’s high.”

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