About the author:

Nirbhasa is originally from Ireland but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an enthusiastic multi-day runner, having completed four times the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the longest race in the world.

For those of you looking to tackle an ultra race and see a bit of the world at the same time, here's our 2020 calendar of ultradistance races, featuring races from places as far and wide as Kazakhstan, Mongolia and New Zealand. Of course, our perennial favourites are still there, including the Ten and Six Day race and the 3100 Mile Race (both in New York) but maybe this year some people might be up for something new - for example, how about ringing in the New Year in 2021 by running the 24 hour race in Smolensk, Russia which starts on 31 December and ends on 1 January?