The Sunday Read: Jesper Olsen’s strange quest and other stories

There are ultrarunners and then there are ultra-ultrarunners. Jesper Olsen is one of the latter. The 40-year-old Dane is attempting the world’s longest run. He began his World Run II in Norway in 2008 and hopes to finish in Newfoundland in July. When he’s done, Olsen will have run 40,000 kilometres. He runs the approximate distance of a marathon daily and is currently on his 25th pair of running shoes. Olsen told The New York Times: “‘I think it’s something all of us can do,” he said of his regular mileage. “Even if it sounds outrageous.'” You can read his fascinating story here:

The chance of a sudden cardiac arrest is one in 57,000 for American marathon runners, according to a new study on the subject. The authors peg the chance of dying from sudden cardiac arrest for American marathoners at one in 171,005. The profile of sudden cardiac arrest victims were males with an average age of 49.7 years and the likelihood of their experiencing it is during the last four miles of a marathon. The authors sent a web-based survey to medical directors to gather statistics. They received back  88 surveys (22%)  from marathons run from 1976-2009 for a total of 1,710,052 participants. More information is available here:

Britain’s Daily Mail has a long profile of Claire Squires. She’s the 30-year-old hairdresser who collapsed and died in the last mile of the London Marathon. She’d been raising money for charity and had collected 500 English Pounds. After her death, contributions rocketed to one million English Pounds, with donations coming from the likes of Virgin’s Richard Branson. Squires was raising money to honor her brother, who died of a drug overdose at age 25. The story is here:

Some disturbing news out of Utah serves a reminder that if you’re going to run isolated trails, it’s best to do it with a friend or at least let someone know when and where you’re going and when you expect to return. A former military bomb disposal technician who now serves as a U.S. forest officer found two booby traps on a popular Utah hiking trail. Trip wires were designed either to send a heavy rock swinging into the heads of unsuspecting runners and hikers, or to trip them into a bed of wooden sharpened stakes. Two men have been charged with reckless endangerment. The story is here:

On the look-out for some near gear? National Geographic Adventure has put together a guide to the best running shoes and tech. There’s lots of drool-worthy stuff to ogle, including a purple pair of Salomon XR Mission trail runners, a brilliant lime green pair of Skechers Goruns, and a cool looking set of JayBird Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones. Yes, please! Check it out over at:

About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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2 Responses to The Sunday Read: Jesper Olsen’s strange quest and other stories

  1. Rebekah says:

    Jeez Louise! Some crazy stories out there right now! Thanks for doing the legwork and bringing them to our attention.

    • subthree says:

      There’s more too, but I limit myself to five links per Sunday Read at the moment, just to keep the thing manageable. My pleasure, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the read.

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