Ski, Bike, Row and Run: World’s First Ultra Ergathlon Completed by Athlete, Tony Nash

July 2, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Ten Thousand
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Ever consider running a marathon? Or maybe rowing one like athletes did at the 2018 CrossFit Games? If that’s a hard pass for you just wait until you hear this: Tony Nash, an active duty Army officer completed the world’s first ever ultra ergathlon.

The details: So what the heck is an ergathlon? It’s a long endurance event that has you transitioning between three erg machines and an Assault Runner.

  • Half marathon on a SkiErg
  • Full marathon on a BikeErg
  • Half marathon on a RowErg
  • Half marathon on an Assault Runner

All four events are completed back-to-back in a single day, adding up to a whopping 66 miles. I can feel my hips tightening up at just the thought of that.

The ergathlon was part of a series called Feats of Strength where athletes are featured for breaking new records in mentally taxing fitness endeavors. These grueling workouts are sponsored by a men’s activewear company, Ten Thousand.

His “why:” As a combat veteran serving two deployments to Afghanistan, Nash said he strives to push through his limits to give it his all, as those who made the ultimate sacrifice did.

  • “I never considered myself to be an endurance athlete. This whole thing is like anything else. It’s one foot in front of the other… If I feel like I’m hitting a wall, I just need to remember: it isn’t a wall, it’s character development.”

If you’re looking to take on the ultra ergathlon, here are Nash’s times to beat:

  • Ski: 13.1 miles – 1:40
  • Bike: 26.2 miles – 1:45
  • Row: 13.1 miles – 1:51
  • Run: 13.1 miles – 3:32

“My hope is that this feat will inspire others to see how far they can go. I want people to blow my record out of the water. Not only do I welcome it, but I highly encourage people to come and get after it, or go even further,” said Nash.

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