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Diane Van Deren goes the distance

Originally Published: May 9, 2011
By Leslie Goldman

It's not easy to reach ultramarathoner Diane Van Deren on the phone. You might get her husband, who will nonchalantly explain, "Sorry, she's out pulling a sled across the Arctic Circle." Or you'll reach her voicemail, just missing Van Deren as she heads out for her daily 25-mile jog through the majestic mountains of Sedalia, Colo. Or you might not get through at all, because who has cell reception while competing in something called the Canadian Death Race?

Van Deren, a tanned, lean ...

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