Runners and Pacers competing in the annual Fat Dog 120 Trail Race (who will complete a distance of at least 50 km) are invited to participate in this innovative research study. Each year we assess the effects of prolonged/ultra-endurance exercise on the function of the heart and blood vessels, and the control of pressure. All testing is non-invasive and often includes the assessment of the function (echocardiography with an ultrasound) and rhythm (electrocardiography, ECG) of the heart. We will also often assess how blood vessels and blood pressure respond to prolonged exercise. All tests are non-invasive and painless. At each testing period (before and after the event) the testing procedures will require approximately 30 min of time.
If you are interested in participating or would like further information regarding this research study, please click the link above or contact: Research Director, Dr. Darren Warburton, firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +1 (604) 822-1337.
Race Details (Website)
When: Generally during August (weather permitting)
Why: Stunning alpine views, very runnable trails, point to point, challenging profile, sumptuous aid stations, great organization, enthusiastic volunteers, and a lake at the end for soaking.
Distances: 120 miles (17,500 foot ascent and descent), 100 km (10,200 foot ascent and 9,520 descent), and 6 relay legs that cover 120 mile route.
Where: 120 miler and relay start near Keremeos in Cathedral Provincial Park; 100 km starts in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.