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The Larry Slam

What in the heck is all this talk about the “Larry Slam?” We’ve heard of “The Grand Slam of UltraRunning” (a lot lately!), which is something that even most seasoned ultra runners can’t wrap their heads around. “The Grand Slam” involves completing four of the oldest 100-milers in the nation (Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville 100, Wasatch 100) all within the same summer (10 weeks). Yes…10 weeks! Just this year (2013) a couple of our friends (Ian Sharman & Nick Clark) duked it out all the way to the end of the final race at Wasatch 100 to ultimately lower the “fastest known combined time” of the Grand Slam. It was unbelievable that the two amazing runners were less than one hour apart (Read Ian Sharman’s report HERE).  Up here in the “Great Pacific Northwest” an “Animal Athlete” and good friend named Larry Stephens came up with something he calls the “Larry Slam”. There’s been a buzz around the ultra running scene here in Portland, and I was so impressed by this “dream project” that I had to sit this man down and try to share it with you all!  So let’s hear it straight from the source…What is the “Larry Slam!???!”

Larry soaking his feet after race #3 out of 4 (Cascade Crest 100)- If you look closely he already has his Pine to Palm hat on preparing mentally for the final race!

Larry soaking his feet after race #3 out of 4 (Cascade Crest 100)- If you look closely he already has his Pine to Palm hat on preparing mentally for the final race!

Best wishes to Larry Stephens as he tackles the final race down in southern Oregon at Pine to Palm 100 this weekend!  Go complete the Larry Slam! Thanks for the inspiration and way to follow your dreams, buddy!

 

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