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If you’re the outdoorsy sort, addicted to high-octane pursuits and like the thought of challenging yourself amid spectacular scenery, you might want to lace up your trainers, pick up your paddle, get on your bike, climb into the saddle, step into those skis -- and more -- for one of these grueling endurance events.|
1. Jungle marathon, Brazil
If you’re a glutton for punishment, this footrace will be pure delight: it takes place deep in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest and runners must carry their own supplies, covering a distance of 240 kilometers over six days.
Competitors can expect to clamber over hills and through swamps, mangrove, and thick jungle foliage, all while trying not to fall prey to the local wildlife: jaguars, deadly snakes, scorpions, ticks, electric eels.
As if that isn’t stomach-churning enough, there’s also the risk of heat stroke. Fortunately there’s a crack medical team on hand, with donkeys on stand-by for emergency evacuations.
Entry fee is around US$3,185; www.junglemarathon.com