MINERAL, Va. — Ultra marathon veteran Shanda Hill from Vernon, British Columbia, has conquered a 678-kilometre race with hours to spare.
The 35-year-old athlete crossed the Triple Anvil finish line in Virginia, which featured a 12-kilometre swim, 540- kilometre bike ride and 126-kilometre run, all to be completed within 60 hours.
Hill says other than some blisters on her feet, she finished the race uninjured.
She says her time of 55:22:31 fell short of her goal of 50 hours, however, because of the need to sleep and replenish her electrolytes Friday night.
Hill is no stranger to the course, she finished first among women and fifth overall in Virginia's Quintuple Anvil last year.
She reached her most extreme achievement in August when she took on the Deca Ultra Triathlon in Switzerland, becoming only the sixth woman ever to complete the 38-kilometre swim, 1,800-kilometre ride and 422-kilometre run.
Hill says she now has her sights on an even greater challenge and is advocating to bring a double deca ultra triathlon to the Virginia race next year, which would be twice the distance of the Switzerland race.