Meet the only Chicago runner attempting rugged 100-mile ultramarathon

WGN reporter Mike Lowe and photojournalist Kevin Doellman spoke with a Chicago man taking up certainly one of the most excessive assessments of human endurance.

Financial advisor Anthony Severino is the only Chicagoan competing in the unique Western States 100-mile ultramarathon.  Three hundred and eight 5 individuals from greater than 30 international locations gained a lottery to compete this weekend in California. Severino lastly had his identify chosen after eight failed lottery makes an attempt. 

Anthony Severino operating the Miwok 100 path race in May of this year. 

The Western States 100 is the world’s oldest 100-mile path race with temperatures starting from 20 levels to above 110 levels. Runners carry LED flashlights as nearly half of the race can be traveled at night time. 

Due to the dangers, the race differs considerably from different organized runs. 

Severino, a 44-year-old dad of three, will climb excessive mountains and deep canyons in a quest for a prized belt buckle. The Lincoln Park resident has 30 hours to finish the race.

Severino along with his household after he completed the Miwok 100.

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Mike Lowe: “Why would you want to put yourself through this?”

Anthony Severino: “For most ultra-runners this is the pinnacle event that everyone would like to run.”

Mike Lowe: “How do you deal with the blisters, the pain?”

Anthony Severino: “Everything is telling you to stop, but you push through that and the satisfaction of getting through those low points and getting to the finish line is why I continue to do these events.”

Anthony Severino operating the Miwok 100 path race in May of this year.

Runners begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Olympic Valley, Calif., and journey 100.2 miles, by the Sierra excessive nation and the canyons of the American River earlier than ending at in Auburn, California. There can be a reside broadcast of the occasion on YouTube

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