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A Vulnerable, Inside Look at What It Takes to Run the Cocodona 250

Ever wondered what running a 250-mile race through the desert feels like? Runner/filmmaker Wes Plate is here to show you.

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The Cocodona 250 is no joke.

The Arizona-based race has only been around since 2020, but already it’s developed a reputation for requiring top-notch physical and mental fortitude to complete. Runners depart from Black Canyon City and wind their way through, up, and over central and northern Arizona’s famously challenging terrain to Flagstaff.

Over the 250-mile course, participants have to endure heat, cold, lack of water, cactuses, stream crossings, stony ground, sleep deprivation, hallucinations, and more.

If you can’t imagine what that would feel like, Wes Plate is here to help. The filmmaker and ultra-runner carried a GoPro on his 2023 Cocodona effort, and the resulting 51-minute film is an intimate portrait of what it takes to put your body through such a grueling endeavor.

Dedicated weekend warriors and ultra-curious folks alike will appreciate this watch.

Runtime: 52 minutes

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