GearJunkie Correspondent, 5th Place Overall in Patagonian Marathon

Filed under: Endurance  Running 

Contributing editor Sean McCoy is in Chile this month to cover and race in the inaugural Patagonian International Marathon, which took place last weekend on September 23rd. Happy to report McCoy ran a 3:18 marathon on the tough course through Torres del Paine National Park. This netted him a 5th-place overall finish in the debut event, which was won by Australian Luke Myers.

Here are a few images from the race courtesy of Chris Radcliffe as well as McCoy’s brief communiqué from remote Patagonia, where he typed a report on his phone and sent it via weak signals to our office across the globe.

Start line at Patagonian International Marathon; photo by Chris Radcliffe

09/25/12 — Hey All, I think Chris just sent you some photos. Just a quick update here and we’re off to the airplane. This week has been NUTS! The race was along an incredible course on a gravel road in the Torres del Paine. It climbed and fell and wound through valleys, past lakes, and under the iconic Torres.

Sean McCoy on the Patagonian racecourse; photo by Chris Radcliffe

I fell into a great pace from the start and was helped out early by a strong (like 50mph!) tailwind. I plugged along over the rocky ground that was closer to a trail run than a road marathon.

The real test was in the final 10K when we turned uphill and ran into winds that were clocked up to over 100K per hour! This is hurricane-strength wind. I crossed the finish line at about 3 hours 18 minutes, which was about 21 minutes behind the leader. I was completely spent and very happy with my performance.

The marathon pack in Torres del Paine park; photo by Chris Radcliffe

The location is amazing but very remote. I’m now on my way to the airport. Gotta run. I’d like to write a much longer report but am totally exhausted and have no real signal. I am also just mentally fried. Talk to you soon!

—Contributing editor Sean McCoy is in Chile this month to cover and race in the inaugural Patagonian International Marathon. Monitor the site and our Facebook for live coverage this week.

Australian Luke Myers (winner) and McCoy (in red) at award ceremony post-race; photo by Chris Radcliffe

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.