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The Red Bull 400: A Gut-Busting Running Race Up a Ski Jump

On Sept. 24 at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, more than 650 hardy athletes and weekend warriors took on the ridiculously difficult challenge of running 400 meters up an Olympic ski jump. The races started at the lofty elevation of 6,870 feet above sea level, which only added to the lung and leg burn as competitors ran, crawled and struggled up the 134-meter ski jump landing hill and in-run ramp. As you scroll through the images below, you can feel the anguish these competitors put themselves through to reach the top. Tom Goth, a champion ski mountaineering racer from Salt Lake City, was fastest of the day, winning the elite heat in 4 minutes, 5.2 seconds, about 10 seconds ahead of runner-up John Tribbia (4:15.5), a former U.S. Mountain Running Team member from Salt Lake City. U.S. Olympic cross country skier Liz Stephens (4:52.9) was the fastest woman to the top for the second straight year, holding off a hard-charging Megan Foley (5:37.6). This crazy endurance test also featured CrossFit heat, in which 2014 CrossFit Games winner, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, took first in 6:48.0, while the co-ed relay was won by Team Provo Elite (Sean Adams, Dillon Goodman, Ian Mcgetrick, Max Scheible) in 2:36.3. Proceeds for the event benefitted the local ski jumping and cross country ski programs of the Park City Nordic Ski Club. (Full results)