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Jul 19, 2013
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The toughest foot race on earth

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Death Valley, California

By Lucy Nicholson

Park Sukhee, 46, had been running and walking for more than 35 hours when he approached the base of Mount Whitney. His friend handed him a South Korean flag and he broke into a jog and a smile. Running ahead of him to take photos, and realizing I was his only other spectator, I lowered my camera to applaud his achievement.

Park had just run 135 miles (217 km) from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Death Valley, to the trailhead to Mount Whitney, climbing a total of 13,000 feet (4,000m) over the course, in temperatures that blazed to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit (around 49 degrees Celsius).

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      "I'm based in Los Angeles, and cover news, sport, & feature assignments. I was born in London, and was previously based in Northern Ireland, Chile, and Mexico City. You can view my portfolio at www.lucynicholson.com, and my blog at blog.lucynicholson.com. My multimedia video 'Homegirl cafe' was a 2011 Webby Awards honoree for Documentary: Individual Episode http://reut.rs/a4t9UC Twitter: lucy_nicholson"
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