April 3, 2020
Virtual Package Pickup
I renamed myself #2295 - Brad as I entered the Zoom video chat with about 400 other racers, my chat avatar a single, small static tile among a grid of little video windows. A briefing ensued. This is how a virtual ultra works.
The Lost Soul Ultra Marathon takes place the weekend following Labour Day in Lethbridge, Alberta. The 100 mile event (33 hours) will start at 7:00 am Friday. The 100 km (21 hours) event starts at 9:00 am Friday. The 50 km event starts at 7:00 am Saturday morning (11 hours). The trail course runs through the river valley coulees on public and private land. In this event, 320 ultra-marathoners race against each other, the elements, and the unrelenting hills.