Oriol Antolí, the king of the strange races where there is no finish line and there is only one rule: whoever remains standing wins

With a document of 51 hours, he’s the Spanish champion of ‘Yard extremely’, the wildest modality of ultra-distance. “I like working, it offers me a sure calm, nevertheless it’s not my entire life.”

Oriol Antol posed for EL MUNDO final week in Sant Cugat.david ramirez

when it begins, however you do not know when it ends. One Saturday morning he meets different runners and so they all begin working with a single obligation. They need to journey a mountain circuit of 6.7 kilometers and each hour, on the dot, return to the beginning line. Each hour, one other flip. Hourly. Hourly. Thus as much as 51 instances, that’s, 51 hours, 51 laps, his document in Spain. Oriol Antol He’s a specialist on this very uncommon type of athletics, the Yard extremely races, and actually he would be the nation’s consultant within the first World Cup, to be held subsequent October in Tennessee, United States. What leads somebody to run a lot and do it so surprisingly, with the duty to go round each hour? Really, who is aware of. It is one thing that comes with it.

My story will not be very unusual, truly. Just a few years in the past, I lived in Madrid, I performed basketball and, in the summertime, in preseason, I began working to get in form. I preferred it and it bit me: how lengthy can I final? I made a decision to take cash for the subway and go to the Retiro to wander round till I actually could not take it anymore. I ran 36 kilometers. And I signed up for the marathon. Shortly after, I went on trip to the Alps, I found path working, the UTMB, Kilian Jornet and I am already hooked. It did not take lengthy for me to do 100 kilometers within the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, then 100 miles within the mountains of Alicante and properly… The story truly ends like this: in 2018, Antol gained the British Monarch’s Approach, a race of 990 kilometers -yes, sure, 990 kilometers- that required greater than 12 days of working. Solely the moon remained.

There are some, however the assessments of greater than 1,000 kilometers are very chilly. So, pandemic by way of, he started to mount his personal challenges. For instance: it linked the three hottest routes within the Catalan Pyrenees, Carros de Foc, Porta del Cel and Cavalls del Vent, in a single go. Fortunately, later, the Yard extremely format arrived in Spain.

eight minute margin

Yard extremely races are a ten 12 months previous invention of lazarus lake, an organizer of various races in the US, the identical one which runs the Barkley Marathons. He needed to do an extremely within the backyard of his home, in keeping with what he mentioned, and since he truly lives on an enormous farm, it turned out like this: each hour, a 6.7 kilometer lap. In Spain the phenomenon began just lately and I’ve run three. Ultimately you specialize. I’ve discovered, for instance, that doing laps in 52 minutes is nice for me. So I’ve eight minutes to go to the toilet, eat, change and even sleep, feedback Antol, recognized on this planet for his deeds and for his glasses, unable to placed on contact lenses.

Is it actually attainable to sleep in simply eight minutes?
The primary night time, no, inconceivable. However on the second night time you might be extra drained and also you get it, sure. You relaxation for 5 minutes and also you do rather well. In the intervening time I’ve not completed races of one of these greater than two nights, we’ll see if I want it.

As a result of the calculation is that within the World Cup issues get out of hand. The world document is held by two Belgians, Merijn Geerts and Ivo Steyaert, who endured 101 hours, 101 laps, and in the long run they determined to retire collectively. In Spain, Antol has by no means discovered a rival that forces him to take action a lot, so he’s ready for something. Actually. De Terrassa, a pc engineer for HP in Sant Cugat, accumulates hours of Excel during which he predicts how a lot materials he’ll want, how a lot his rivals will run primarily based on earlier races and, amongst different issues, how a lot and what to eat. It’s not simple to succeed in the energy required by such an effort.

I’ve by no means been injured

Every thing to win, sure, however above all to succeed in this conclusion: I’ve by no means been injured. I’ve at all times skilled at very simple paces for a lot of hours. The truth is, it takes me a very long time to get again to sleep after these races, that is arduous for me, however not bodily. I just lately did one and ran a marathon two weeks later, concludes Antol, who has no sponsors – they ask me for followers on social networks – and who dodges the motivational messages that encompass ultra-resistance sports activities.

I like working and that is it. It offers me a sure calm, I prefer to see the panorama, however I would not say that it cures me or that it evades me. Typically I’m going out and I am excited about work, you see. I’ve a superb time working, nevertheless it’s not my entire life. If in the future I get drained, I am going to do one thing else.