For the third consecutive year, Red Bull 400 returned to the iconic Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, USA. A spattering of rain didn't deter any of the 820-strong competitors, who were determined to conquer the 2002 Olympic Winter Games ski jumping hill.
With a starting altitude of 2,090m, this 400m near-vertical sprint with 161m of elevation gain tested every competitor's speed, endurance and resolve.
After a total of over 152,400m accumulatively climbed by all participants (an average of 500 steps climbed per racer each run) and over 50 involuntary displays of vomitting, Park City local Jared Shumate claimed the Individual Men's class win in a time of 4m 25s, while another Utah native, Megan Foley, took the win in the Individual Women's in 5m 24s. The Red Bull 400 Relay was won by Team Washed Up in a time of 2m 39s.
Athletes from multiple sports and levels of expertise took part, including Sarah Hendrickson, the first female ski jumper ever in the Winter Olympic Games, as well as swimmer Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, fellow Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses and former alpine skiing crack Daron Rahlves.
Exhibiting just how strong willpower can be, Daniel Mollino, a two-time Red Bull 400 participant and traumatic brain injury survivor, raced in the Men's Solo division after a tumultuous year of hospital stays and uncertainty.
Mollino is a representation of the fortitude and grit that emboldens all athletes and participants who take on the precipitous 400m climb at Red Bull 400. Mollino. When asked why racing in Red Bull 400 is an integral part of his journey, Mollino said, "This is the hardest race I ever did, before and after my injury. I was cleared to go for it after this year's medical issue so I'm using this opportunity to show myself, my family, and my followers that nothing can get in a person's way if they have determination and drive."
From inspiring tales of resilience to the incredible views of majestic Park City, just making it to the top was the ultimate goal for the 820 racers, and Red Bull 400 Park City proved to be a race to be reckoned with, forcing participants to realise their true potential and tenacity.