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Marathoner Trains For Iditarod Trail

Marathoner Peter Ripmaster of Black Mountain is taking on a challenge even he says is daunting. Next month, he's running the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 in Alaska.

"This is the kind of adventure I've been looking forward to my whole entire life," says Ripmaster.

The Iditarod is famous for the event with dog sled teams racing across the chilling state. Peter will run solo, dragging a 60 pound sled full of supplies behind him.

These days, he pulls a training sled around town to prepare the best he can for potentially terrible conditions.

"I'm training and expecting it to be the worst, which would be a lot of snow and very cold," Ripmaster tells us. "Anywhere between minus 20 to minus 50."

Folks around Black Mountain have taken notice of his curious cargo.

"I've had people pulling over ask me what I was doing, I've had police pull me over," Peter says.

He'll have 10 days to complete 350 miles, but don't count him out. This is the same man who accomplished his goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. That took him just five years.

Peter lives to take on challenges few could imagine.

"It is for the pure sake of adventure."   

 



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