Video: Ultramarathon Winner Dons a Straightjacket

The Asylum Ultramarathon was held on a 4.5-mile trail loop and continued until there was one runner left.

Does running long distances make people crazy? The winner of one ultramarathon must don a straightjacket upon finishing the race.

Called the Asylum Ultramarathon, the first edition of the race was held on a 4.5-mile trail loop in Ridgeland, S.C. last month. Its knockout format meant that runners would go until they couldn’t run anymore, at which point they would drop out. The last runner remaining would be declared the winner.

Each runner had one hour to complete each lap.

Thirty-five runners started the race at 8 a.m., and the first one dropped out after just one lap. By the fifth lap, the field was whittled down to 30.

As the day wore on, more and more runners dropped out. Day then turned to night and night turned into the next day. Watch the race highlights above to see who won—and see how many laps he completed.

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