Vlad runs 54km overnight in Tel Aviv

Ultradistance runner Vlad Ixel took on the Yam 2 Yam 54km trail race in Tel Aviv expecting an interesting race.

4 May 2014

The race starts along the coast path at night, before going onto trails and continuing inland, finishing at Jerusalem. The total distance of 33.7 miles is a marathon plus about 28%.

Vlad started strongly and soon had a clear lead, which turned into a few kilometres by the halfway stage. At this point he slowed down to enjoy the race. “There is something very magicalabout running a lone on thetrailsinpitchdarkness,” he told us, “something very satisfying.”

He crossed two rivers and faced a long uphill section before the closing stages, and finished strongly with his brother waiting at the finish line. The finishing time was 4 hours 14, winning comfortably.