6 Day Races – Sports doping, Victorian style

Day Eight - 185_scoreboard_2014Stemming from Mark Dorions short posts on the ultralist with updates from the Self- Transcendence 6 & 10 day races in Flushing Meadow in New York, a recent post on the thread drew attention to an article, originally posted by Vanessa Heggie Tuesday 19 June 2012 in the Guardian titled Sports doping, Victorian style, which looks at what athletes were prepared to do to win races that offered huge financial rewards by todays standards in the 1870s and 1880s.
With no financial rewards for multiday races today, the sport is virtually clean and for the most part runners are competing against themselves.

Today sees the finish of the 6 & 10 day races which has been followed everyday by Utpal Marshall on his blog Perfection-journey who talks with the runners, crews and organisers to share and convey the spirit of the events.

Visit the 10 day race website and the 6 day race website to get the results and photos of this years events.

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