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"Athletes are looking to accomplish a personal goal of overcoming physical, emotional, and mental fatigue in addition to competing against their fellow racer," he said. "As a promoter and racer it’s amazing to see the enjoyment that comes from spending all day on your bike racing 50 or 100 miles."
That kind of suffering is exactly why Mullen keeps going back for more, even if in the heat of searing pain he swears never again.
Summer’s top endurance races
June 2 » Squaw Peak 50-mile trail run — 50-mile course in the Wasatch Mountains with more than 14,000 feet of elevation gain.
June 9 » Moab Triathlon Festival/XTERRA — Two-day event that features several races including a sprint/Olympic event course.
June 15 » Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back — 192-mile team race held in the Wasatch Mountains.
June 17 » Desert R.A.T.S — 148-mile race from Grand Junction, Colo., to Moab.
July 13 » Wasatch Front Ultra Relay — Foot race that follows the Wasatch Front 100-mile endurance trail.
Aug. 18 » TriUtah Jordanelle Triathlon — One of the state’s most popular triathlon relay events, covering more than 132 miles.
June 16 » High Uintahs 10,000 Road Race — 80-mile point-to-point race from Kamas to Evanston, Wyo.
June 23 » Dixie 200 — Self-supported mountain bike race between Bryce Canyon and Brian Head.
July 14 » The Crusher in the Tushars — Race over dirt and pavement in Beaver County.
July 27-28 » Saints to Sinners Bike Relay — Over 500 miles covered in race from Salt Lake to Las Vegas.
Aug. 18 » Mt. Ogden 100k MTB race — Races of 25K, 50K and 100K offered.
Sept. 1 » Park City Point to Point — 78 miles of single track racing that boasts 14,000 feet of climbing in Park City.
Sept. 8 » LOTOJA Class — One of the state’s most popular races from Logan, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyo.
"I’m just a stupid jock that likes pain and suffering and who has a short memory," he said. "So I keep sticking my hand in the snake’s hole and I keep getting bit."
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