Ultra Faith and Strength for Ultramarathon
“If I am looking for a pleasant experience and nice weather, I wouldn’t have come to Ecuador to participate in this ultramarathon,” Kilias wrote in his quick update. “If I pray again, I would not ask for perfect weather but the strength to overcome this difficult situation.”
Though an experienced marathon runner himself, Kilias has had some tough moments during the first three days of the race. On the first day, he finished 48 km in about 10 hours. The challenge was not so much the long distance but the altitude. Kilias experienced altitude sickness as the elevation at the starting point was about 3400m. Other competitors also suffered from headache and dizziness with some having to withdraw due to fall injury and other accidents.
The rugged course is another major challenge, coupled with rainy weather and great diurnal temperature range. When there is sunshine and no wind, the temperature can be high at 30ºC that makes you sweat. However, in less than a minute, when the sunshine is gone with the windy blowing hard, it could feel as cold as 10ºC! At night, it gets so cold that Kilias can hardly fall asleep.
It takes tremendous strength and stamina to conquer the seemingly endless upslope and downslope trail. Kilias twisted his left ankle on a rough downslope, but he was thankful that it did not affect his race on the next day and he is still in a good condition. Let us continue to remember him in prayers:
- Thank God for keeping Kilias safe; may God grant Kilias and other competitors strength and perseverance to finish the remaining journey
- Pray for the recovery of the injured competitors
- May God bless all competitors and let them experience His greatness through His creation and provisions
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