Doreen Hoffman Only Michigan Resident to Complete 155-Mile Race in Iceland
By: Amanda Braniecki
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., August 21, 2013 –Doreen L. Hoffman, managing partner of Trott Recovery Services, PLLC, a Farmington Hills, Mich.-based law firm, completed the RacingThePlanet seven-day, six-stage, 155-mile race in Iceland on Aug. 10.
Highly regarded as one of the greatest footraces in the world, RacingThePlanet Iceland brought together the largest group of competitors in the organization’s history, with a total of 270 international competitors—69 of which were from the United States. With tents and water provided by race organizers, each participant was responsible for carrying a sleeping bag, survival gear and 14,000 calories worth of food throughout the race, equating to an approximately 25 pound backpack.
The only Michigan resident competing in the race, Hoffman previously attempted RacingThePlanet in both the Sahara and Gobi deserts. Finding success in her third attempt, Hoffman navigated the rugged terrain, which included rocky and volcanic ground, sandy paths, country trails, dirt roads and grassy hills, traveling anywhere from 24 to 41 miles per day depending on the stage. In total, Hoffman finished the course in just over 57 hours.
“This race was an item on my bucket list that I’ve been waiting to tackle for awhile now, so it’s gratifying to be able to finally cross it off,” Hoffman said. “To say it was challenging is an understatement, but I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. I’ve met some incredible people, gained new cultural perspectives and seen some of the most idyllic landscapes in the world.”
Since its founding in 2002, the Hong Kong-based RacingThePlanet has organized 40 events with roughly 6,000 competitors from 100 countries participating in their footraces.
To download the photo of Doreen Hoffman, click on the image below. Photo provided by www.RacingThePlanet.com/Iceland.