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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The coveted Badwater Buckle!!!

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Some media/news reports about my passion & addiction for endurance running: (click links below)

*Badwater Ultramarathon Video*

Enjoy the tons of cool pictures and stories below:

(Just click on the English or Portuguese links to view)

Pony Express 100 (Part I) March 2007 English Portuguese
Antelope Island 50 Mile Buffalo Run 2007 English Portuguese
Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Challenge 2007 English Portuguese
Running With The Devil 50 Miler 2007 English Portuguese
Respect The Desert, Badwater Training English Portuguese
Badwater Meets Brazilian Athletes 2007 English Portuguese
Timp Run & Katcina Mosa 100K 2007 English Portuguese
Mid Mountain Marathon Trail Run 2007 English Portuguese
HooDoo 500 Mile Ultra Cycling Race 2007 English
12 hr Training Run & The Bear 100 2007 English Portuguese
Pony Express (Part II) Oct. 26-27 2007 English Portuguese
BRAZIL-135 Ultra Marathon Jan 2008 English Portuguese
Antelope Island 50 Miler & Moab 24 Hours (Back to back) Mar 2008 English Portuguese
24 Hours of Curitiba, Brazil May 2008 English Portuguese
Running With The Devil June 2008 English

135 MILE BADWATER ULTRA MARATHON 2008 - see the full documentary by my friend and support crew member, Rob Schopke @

Katcina Mosa 100km and The Bear 100 Miler- Aug & Sep 2008 English Portuguese

Brazil 135 & Arrowhead 135 in only 8 days!!! Jan/Feb 2009 English Portuguese

**Running the Caminho da Fe Expedition 340 miles in Brazil** Story by Gerard Martinez based on his interview with here to read

Here's a tribute video to all those who ran in the BR135 2009 Ultra Marathon!!!

Me and my niece Kindra who has Sturge-Weber's Syndrome
2010 Brazil 135 video

2010 Brazil 135 Mile Ultra Video from Tony Portera on Vimeo.
In the news...
Runner's World Brasil - May 2009 edition Article about long distance running/endurance races inducing mental breakdowns and hallucinations! Sorry it's in Portuguese....but the point of the story (and there were 4 other stories in the same article too) is that very long distance running and adventure/endurance racing induces mental breakdowns! hahahahaha

I had spent the 2nd night of the Brazil 135 mile Ultramarathon in January of 2008 looking for hidden treasures while one point I didn't even remember I was in an ultramarathon at all. I believe that it was brought on by the fact that on the plane from the U.S. to Brazil a week prior to the race I was reading Paulo Coelho's book "The Pilgrimage" where he tells of his journey pilgrimage on the Road To San Tiago of Compostela where along the way he is taught some magical (or rather spiritual lessons about life) and is tasked with searching for a sword...I never found my sword (I don't think, or did I?), but I finished the race in 45 hours 43 minutes, finishing 7th overall out of a field of 41 international athletes, and am a better person for it... I learned so much about myself on that solo run that I would never take the experience back no matter how painful and exhausting it was at the time!

Other's in the article tell about seeing elephants and a field of heads and smiling faces and hearing fairies speaking an unfamiliar language....etc and many other