Ultramarathon. Maybe one of the most demanding — both physically and mentally — sport endeavours. Running 100 miles cross-country a day, carefully conserving and expanding energy, surviving in the toughest conditions nature has to offer, requires a greater effort than seems humanly possible. Meet our hero Krasse Georgiev (42). And enjoy getting to know him.
Sport discipline? Chasing the impossible.
Occupation? Tell us a little bit more about it.
KG: At the moment, I am working with people who have decided they want to change themselves and their way of life. I help them achieve this change. Whether through a change in diet or in their exercise regimen—it can be anything. I also organise ski fitness classes at my local gym. I have been through some quite interesting times and the experience I have gathered along the way is a great help. Starting off with psychology, cooking and currently nutrition … I just know where my strengths lie and what I am truly passionate about—combining food and sport. Is there anything better really?
Krasse, you are such an intriguing guy. You travel the world to take part in, mildly speaking, dangerous treks and marathons. How did this become a way of life?
KG: I think it all fell into place gradually after I ran the Edinburgh marathon— my first event of this kind—which made me realise I wanted to participate in more and more competitions. You suddenly open the wardrobe and a new, crazy world in technicolour jumps out at you full of wondrous things. And as any other adventurous spirit out there, I jumped straight in, head first… I started travelling the world to satiate the thirst for travel while competing. It became such a massive avalanche that I couldn’t even dream of trying to halt. So, when I ran about 60 marathons in all corners of the globe, I decided they were no longer as exciting and it was time that I went to the ‘Dark Side’. And I have never stopped since. Running has become a way of life…the most important part of my life.
How does Roobar help you on your adventures?
KG: Roobar are super cool, I have been with them from the beginning. Their products are exceptional and I rely solely on them for my food because they are light, they do not irritate the stomach and give me enough energy to keep going. When you run marathons of more than 100 miles, you have to be extremely careful about your food to make sure that you can get the absolute best from your body, and Roobar have struck this perfect balance that just enables you to keep on and keep up the fight. They are also a great example of how each of us, without exception, can have a wholesome diet, as long as we want to. I simply like the philosophy behind the brand and I fully subscribe to it.
Very soon you will take part in an interesting and, frankly, quite frightening marathon, which will put your training to a serious test. Tell us a little bit more about it.
KG: Well, Badwater is one of the most difficult competitions on earth—a bit of a Holy Grail for each ultramarathon runner. It is difficult to get admitted to participate in it. Thousands of participants are competing for 50 places. The marathon is run by a total of 100 people, but 50 places are reserved for veterans, which have already taken part several times, so you have to make it to the top 50 to be accepted as a first-time runner. The organisers are very strict and the tiniest mistake means your CV getting relegated to the trash and being denied a chance to run the marathon. Then, before deciding on your registration as a participant, you must have completed successfully at least six 100-mile competitions; at least three marathons of more than 140 miles; and to have been in the team assisting a runner who has already taken part in Badwater.
The actual marathon is truly brutal—it starts in the lowest part of the Valley of Death, approximately 500 m under sea level, and the run is entirely along a blacktop surface road. In actual fact, by the time you reach the Witney Mountain and approximately 2000 meters above sea level, you must cover a distance of 230 km, which is horrifyingly difficult and, of course, oven hot. Temperatures along the way can reach up to 60C. Naturally, it has been a life-long dream of mine to run the marathon and this year I was selected, which was an incredible recognition for me, but also for Bulgaria because I am the first Bulgarian who will participate. So, it has been our decision to show the world the fantastic athletes we have here in Bulgaria. Ultimately, together with my trainer Lisa Smith Batchen, we decided to not only run the length of the marathon but—on reaching the final stretch—to turn around and do the stretch again pulling the cart with our supplies. It will weigh more than 100 kg. This has never been done before.
Your message for the Roobar fans?
KG: NEVER NEVER NEVER GiVE UP!!!!!