‘Failure’ in Ultrarunning: Salomon Athlete Shares Life Lessons

Professional ultrarunning involves massive amounts of pain and disappointment. Just take it from Ryan Sandes.

It’s often said that failure serves as one of life’s best teachers. South African ultrarunner Ryan Sandes knows that better than most.

Early in his career, Sandes set a goal of winning the coveted UTMB, considered one of the most difficult races in the world. Then, he failed to finish four times.

In the latest vid from Salomon TV, Sandes discusses how these failures continued to push him forward, helping him become the runner he is today.

“I’m not getting any younger,” he says in the video. “I guess this might be the end of me … ever being able to give it a bash.”

Whatever you’re struggling with in life, Sandes’ troubles will help you remember you’re not alone.

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.

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