An ultra-marathon is considered running any distance over the length of 26.2 miles. Races can range from 50 kilometers in distance to as far as several hundred miles.
Not only do ultra-runners choose to do this to themselves, they paid to do it.
Runners can run for several hours to as long as several days depending on the length of the race, wrestling with the physical and mental strain.
The first question normal people always ask of ultra-runners seems to always be the same: why would anyone in their right mind want to do something so terrible?!
To everyone who does run ultras, the answer is different.
Some run just to see what they can do. To find their limit and see if they can push it further.
For others, it can be more spiritual. Some seek a sense of enlightenment that can only come from such an experience. One learns a lot about themselves and what they are capable of during an ultra.
Whatever the reason may be, ultra-runners all share something that makes them alike.