Even though he may seem like it, senior Dane Faukner is not your typical high school student. At first glance, Faukner may look like an ordinary student at Dana Hills who goes to school during the day and competes on the track team after school. What you can not tell by just lo oking at him, is that Faukner is now an ultramarathon (ultra) runner.
Ultramarathon (n.): a long-distance running race that is longer than a marathon (which is strictly 26.2 miles)
Faukner just completed his first ever ultra run in Northern California on Saturday, March 7. He competed in the Way To Cool 50K, which is a race of 31.1 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain.
When asked why he wanted to do this, Faukner commented, “I have always loved nature and running. I thought that I should combine the two and this seemed like the best way to do it. Trail running just brings a different aspect into running that nothing else can. The beautiful sights of nature take all the pain away and bring the mind relief.”
I have always loved nature and running. I thought that I should combine the two and this seemed like the best way to do it.
Faukner trained very hard for this grueling race. Despite doing training runs of over 20 miles, Faukner stated that he, “definitely underestimated how tough it was going to be. The elevation gain along with the pouring rain made it extremely difficult.”
After 30.1 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation, Faukner finished the race with his dad six hours after starting the race. When asked how he felt after the race he commented, “Immediately following the race, I felt extremely sore and tired. There was not much going through my mind. However, after I had a couples hours to think about what I had just done, I felt very accomplished.”
What makes someone want to go out and run over 30 miles, the average person will never know. Clearly, Faukner is just a different breed, willing to take risks and not afraid of failure. Faukner plans on continuing to compete in ultra runs and keep improving his times.
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