Glen Avery is the lone American in the field this year, but his running exploits are much more exotic than that.
Like many ENDURrunners, the event has been on his radar for for many years and many miles. Glen started running when he was 51 years old, and in the fifteen years since, Glen’s journey to the ENDURrun includes stage races of a different kind: seven marathons in seven days.
He first accomplished this in the Eastern United States (West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama) in October 2016, which was in training for the World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, seven days, seven continents — with 24,000 miles in the air) which he completed in January 2017. In total, he has run at least three marathons/ultras on all seven continents, and he is the oldest person to ever complete the World Marathon Challenge. These great experiences with stage racing convinced Glen to try the Ultimate this year, and he signed up a mere 13 days before Stage 1. He’s thoroughly enjoying his week so far, which he considers to be a unique challenge.
At Stage 4 tonight, Glen will enjoy the 10 Miler. All things considered the stage is quite short, and it’s in a familiar measurement system, too!