Milind Soman completes 517.5-km-long Ultraman race barefoot

The model-turned-actor, Milind Soman became the only contestant to complete the heavy endurance race, Ultraman barefoot.

Feb 22, 2017 12:40 IST
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 Milind Soman Ultraman Milind Soman, the national level swimmer-turned-model successfully completed a 517.5 km race, an extremely high endurance event called Ultraman on 19 February 2017 in Florida.

The race that was divided into three days included swimming, cycling and running. The 51-year-old completed the whole event barefoot, gaining the title Ultraman.

Key Highlights of the Race

• The first part of the event that began on 17 February opened with a 10 km swim followed by 147.2 km bike ride, which Soman sailed through smoothly.

• The day two involved a timed 171 km bike ride that Soman completed with just 5 seconds to spare.

• The day three involved an 84 km long ultra –marathon, which too Soman completed successfully.

• Soman was cheered on at the event by his 76-year-old mother, Usha Soman, who followed him in a car constantly encouraging him.

• He was accompanied by four other Indians - Abhishek Mishra, Kaustubh Radkar, Prithviraj Patil and Manmadh Rebba, who also completed the race.

• While Pune’s Kaustubh Radkar was the fastest Indian in the race with a timing of 31 hrs 29 mins, Soman was the only contestant who completed all the events barefoot.

• Soman’s overall timing was 34 hrs and 49 mins.

• The other three Indians, Prithivraj Patil, Manmad Rebba and Abhishek Mishra finished the race in 31 hrs 32 mins, 31 hrs 43 mins and 34 hrs 51 mins respectively.

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This challenging race is not Soman’s first such experience as he has previously taken part in the Ironman event, held in Zurich, Switzerland in 2015. The event too involved a gruelling race course including a 3.8 km swim, 180.2 km bicycle ride and a 42.2km run.

About Ultraman Florida

• It is a three-day athletic endeavour aimed to test an athlete’s physical and mental limits.

• The race covers a total distance of 517.5 km around central Florida.

• It is an extremely difficult challenge to complete because of the tough terrains and weather.

• The annual event is by ‘invite only’.



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