The Toughest 400-Meter Race

In the track and field world, the 400-meters has long been considered one of the most grueling distances — basically a full out sprint for just a little too long.

This little suffer fest looks like a brute. The Red Bull 400 takes the classic long-sprint short-endurance distance to a whole new, darned near vertical level.

Held in Harrachov, Czech Republic, runners put their legs to the test in one of the steepest races across all of Europe — a total of 400 meters that climbs half as far up — 200 meters — as it does out on an Olympic ski jump. That’s gotta burn!

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.
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