The greatest athletes are those who compete against themselves. They’re their own biggest rivals, and they don’t need to be pushed by others. Instead, these phenomenal competitors are motivated by their own self image, by their own mind, and by their own desire to achieve the seemingly impossible goals they set for themselves. 

Chop Wood, Carry Water

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” – Zen proverb. Ryan Hall has never been able to get that ancient proverb out of his head. Ryan’s athleticism has taken him around the world. It has earned him titles and medals; he still holds the U.S. Record for the marathon and the half marathon, and he’s been to the Olympics. He’s started a foundation. He became a husband and a father of four. Ryan’s life is filled to the brim with blessings, stories of huge achievements and disappointing failures side-by-side. But steadily, in the back of his mind, the proverb repeated itself. Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. Read More

24 Hours of Pull-Ups

Michael Eckert came to Ten Thousand with a big goal in mind: break the world record for most pull ups done in 24 hours.  Read More

Waimea Rock Run

As combat veteran Navy SEALs and former Marine Raiders, Kaj Larsen and Don Tran are at home in the water. Still, no matter who you are, a five mile underwater ruck with a 45 pound rock is downright superhuman. Read More

ULTRA ERGATHLON

Tony's about to tackle endurance-level distances on four different machines. A half marathon on a SkiErg, a full marathon on a BikeErg, a half marathon on a RowErg, and then to finish it off, a half marathon on an AssaultRunner. Read More

Central Park FKT

by Grant McCartney

Seven ultramarathons in four months. A 75 day, 3,200 mile transcontinental run. As a self-described “plant-based ultra endurance athlete,” Robbie Balenger is no stranger to extreme endurance events. This month, he’ll be adding a legendary FKT to his resume. Read More

Strongman Marathon

by Michael Miraglia

A new marathon is born. Michael Miraglia is setting his sights on a challenge that has never been completed, let alone attempted. Read More

Alaskan Ice Bath

by Grant McCartney

Grant McCartney is gearing up for the ultimate test of his physical and mental strength: an ice bath and polar swim underneath 30" of ice in Northern Alaska. It’s unlike anything he’s ever done – and you’ve ever seen – before. Read More