A LOOK AT FRANK FUMICH
It’s billed as “The Worlds Toughest Bicycle Race”. Starting in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3,000 miles, climbs an astounding 175,000 feet, and crosses 12 states finishing in Annapolis, Maryland in 12 days or less. It's a third longer than the Tour de France and has to be completed in half the time. And unlike the Tour de France, RAAM has no stages and is in principle a nonstop event from start to finish...the clock starts when the racers begin and keeps ticking the entire time. The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains and is done in the heat of the summer.
150 mile, self-supported desert races over 6 days in the hottest, driest, highest, and windiest deserts in the world.
The Sahara Race: Sahara Desert Egypt
The Gobi March: Gobi Desert in western China
The Atacama Crossing: Gobi Desert in Chile
The Last Desert Race: Antarctica
* also covered the Namib Desert
Western State 100
6633 Arctic Ultra
The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is the world's oldest and most prestigious 100 mile trail race. The race ascends over 18,000 feet and descends almost 23,000 feet.
It's a non-stop, self-supported 350 mile foot race taking place north of the Arctic Circle in Canada. It’s billed as the toughest, coldest, and windiest ultra race in the world. Frank and friend were the first Americans ever to finish.
Marathon des Sable
MDS is a 150 mile, self-supported desert stage race over 6 days in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Runners must carry all their own food and gear for the week in their packs that can weight 20+lbs.
This non-stop 135 mile race called "The World's Toughest Foot Race" is run in Death Valley in July when tempts often hit 120 degrees.
150 mile ultra marathon from the coast of Australia to the top of it's highest peak.
"The Race Across The Sky" is a 100 miler in Leadville, CO where most of the race is runs at over 10,000 feet of elevation.
The oldest and largest ultra marathon in the world that covers 50 miles. (both up and down years)
Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc is a 100 miler around the Mont Blanc Massive in the Alps. It ascends and descends over 33,000 as runners begin in France, and run through Switzerland, Italy, and back into France.
Furnace Creek 508
31 mile stand up paddle in TN (flew home and ran the Marine Corp Marathon the next morning)
508 mile ultra cycling race through the Mojave Desert with over 36,000 feet of climbing.
Molokai2Oahu World Championships
32 mile open ocean stand up paddle race
OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Finished almost 100 marathons, in 25+ different states
* Half Ironmans: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
* Ironmans: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
* Triple Anvil: 7.2 mile swim, 336 mile bike, 78.6 mile run
* Quintuple Anvil: 12 mile swim, 560 mile bike, 131 mile run
*DECA Ultra Tri: 24 mile swim, 1,120 mile bike, 262 mile run
* Completed an ultra-marathon on all 7 continents
* So far climbed the highest mountain on 5 of the 7 continents:
1 - Mt. Vinson (Antarctica) 16,050 feet
2 - Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) 19,341 feet
3 - Mt. Elbrus (Europe) 18,510 feet
4 - Mt. Aconcagua (South America) 22,841 feet
5 - Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia) 7,310 feet
* Skied the last degree of latitude to the North Pole
* Spartan Death Race finisher
* After the Boston Marathon bombings, ran 78.6 miles and raised about $30,000.
Two months later, Frank and a friend (with crew) ran from DC to Boston over 4 days raising another $50,000 for the victims.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. - Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson