Taking on the world's best in Hurt 100 race
YEARS of gruelling training and a desire to document the human spirit have led Jamie Milne to the start line of endurance racing's toughest course, the Hurt 100 in Oahu.
On Saturday, the Warana-based gym owner will compete against the world's best in the sport, including arguably the most famous, David Goggins.
Milne pipped a long list of Hurt 100 hopefuls, and his participation marks the start of a decade-long commitment to tackle 10 of the toughest ultramarathons.
All will feature in his Wairua project; a collaboration of documentary makers and the University of the Sunshine Coast sport science department who will help explore "non-tangible human drivers”.
The USC research team will collect data from all competitors via a questionnaire and post-race interviews.
The film crew will join Milne in Hawaii, and have so far captured the 10 weeks leading up to the race.
On his way to the Brisbane Airport yesterday, Milne said he had done everything in his power to prepare. He had stuck to a vegan diet, shed the kilos and not missed a single training day.
Yet Milne admitted he couldn't help but question himself as hopes of a top-10 position had been replaced with a mission to "just survive”.
He said one of this year's world-ranked competitors had taken on the race 10 times, but had only reached the finish four times. Still, Milne hopes to shed three hours of his competitor Goggins' latest finish time of 33 hours.
Milne will face mud, rivers, rocks and routes at an elevation of 8000m, just 800m below Everest.
He aims to complete each of the five 32km-laps within six hours or less.
Ahead of the race, Milne returned to New Zealand to speak with a Maori elder about his ambitions, which will feature in the documentary to be screened locally in April.