Chad asks a question: “Brolympus, what’s the deal with runners who, according to Strava, run over 40,000 meters in elevation gain in just over two weeks? I’m not sure how many Mt. Everests that is, but I’ll bet it’s a lot. Are these runners actually mountain goats or bighorn sheep with GPS devices attached to their little hooves?”
40,000 meters! That sure sounds like a lot! But remember that it is in metric, so no one really knows how high it is. I’m pretty sure it’s at least 500 feet, though. That’s taller than the Empire State Building! How do these people do it? I bet some of them live in the Empire State Building and just leave their GPSs on when they are in the elevator. If someone has months or weeks when they only climb, say, 500 meters, and then all the sudden they enter the Strava Climbing Challenge and rack up 40,000 meters, you might think they are cheating, but they probably just moved into the Empire State Building. The folks you really need to be suspicious of are the ones who live in the mountains, log crazy hilly miles every day, and pepper their feeds with pictures of spectacular mountain vistas. There’s got to be some funny business going on there!