Lexus NX climbs mountains with runner Adam Campbell
Ultra Runner, Adam Campbell, demonstrates both his and the Lexus NX off-road capabilities
Adam (36), is an ‘ultra’ runner – an elite group of endurance athletes and he regularly races throughout mountain ranges in Canada, his home country, and the United States, but has competed much farther afield: across the French Jura; up and down Mount Fuji, Japan; in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the Alps in France, the Pyrenees in Andorra, the Dolomites in Italy; even in East Lingshan, a mountainous region in western China.
An ‘ultra’ is a footrace longer than the standard marathon length of 26.2 miles, but few of the ultras in which Campbell participates span less than 30 miles. But whereas marathons commonly weave through the central districts of major cities, which are easier to navigate and mostly flat, the races in which Campbell takes part are steep and hazardous, regularly marked by unrelenting terrain.
That’s why the Lexus NX is the perfect partner. The luxurious SUV is well-equipped to tackle the long distances between race locations, effortlessly soaking up the highway miles. Equally, the hybrid NX 300h is capable of heading off the beaten track, up forest access roads, thanks to its clever E-Four all-wheel drive system.
Campbell has twice participated in the Hardrock 100, a 100-mile mountain race in Colorado that has a total elevation climb of 10,360 metres; by comparison, Mount Everest is 8,848 meters tall. More than 10 hours into the 2014 race, the ground in front of him was struck by lightning, electrifying his body and throwing him onto the floor. His headlamp was fried but he remained intact, and he finished the race in just under 26 hours. He came in third.
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For a more in-depth profile of Adam Campbell and the sport of ultra-running, see the article ‘Mountain Man’ from Lexus’ Beyond magazine