If your local races seem too much like the same-old same-old, then it may be time to turn your attention to something completely different, like running (and wading and swimming and crawling) through the Brazilian rain forest, as the competitors in the Jungle Marathon will be this October.
Sponsored by UVU, the Jungle Marathon 2012 offers your choice of a 149 mile, six stage (seven day) race, or a 62-mile, four stage (four day) course through the underbrush and across the rivers of the rain forest, competing not only against the other runners, but against the heat and humidity and creepy-crawlies that make their home in the jungle.
Competitors will run their course carrying all of their own food and provisions, except for bottled water, which will be available at designated checkpoints. At night, runners will sleep in their own hammocks along the river, and if they want to survive the extreme bugginess and wetness of the jungle environment, will equip themselves with a rain fly and mosquito net for their hammocks.
The race runs from October 4th- 13th 2012, and has an entry fee of about $3,200. Finishers receive a medal and a t-shirt, and of course, bragging rights for running one of the most extreme footraces on the planet.
Get the full scoop at Jungle Marathon.