Uberman - swim 21 / bike 400 / run 135 - Catalina to Mt Whitney
This event just came to my attention, and it seems pretty interesting, notwithstanding the wetsuit-allowed aspect.
Basically the California version of Arch-to-Arc, but a lot harder. From the website:
Uberman is the world's most challenging ULTRA Triathlon. The 556 mile course goes from the Mists of Avalon to the Snows of Mount Whitney. Starting on Catalina Island, participants swim 21 miles in the open Pacific Ocean to the shores of Palos Verdes. The 400 mile bike route leaves the city of Angels and climbs 20,000 vertical feet before descending to Badwater basin, at 200 feet below sea level, the lowest point in North America. From Badwater, athletes run 135 miles through Death Valley before ascending 13,000 feet to the trailhead @ Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States.
I love that the event states very clearly:
The race does not entail thousands of participants vying for a hundred spots. There are no multi-million dollar corporate sponsors. All aid stations and race support crews are provided by each athlete. Uberman is for those unique individuals who want the ultimate challenge, without all the hype. The cost is free. The reward for finishing is infinite.
I am unsure of how they will be verifying these feats... but apparently the field is limited to 20.
Having grown up in Southern California, I know this terrain pretty well.... anyone who does this solo is a pretty serious badass, and will have some stories to tell.