Press Release: Sederquist will attempt 200k at 10,500 feet

Leadville, CO – The team captain of Seder-Skier.com Racing Project will attempt to ski 200k in a 24-hour period at the Equinox Challenge at Mount Massive Golf Course March 19-20.

“Not sure if this is a good idea,” Ryan Sederquist said in a hastily arranged press conference via Zoom byway of Seder-Skier.com’s new interim promotional director, Izzy Bean.

“We’ll see how it goes,” an already drained-looking Sederquist seemed to lament. In the 2020 iteration of the event, the 30-year-old writer and part-time theologian managed 100k in under six-hours to win $100, which he spent on carbs to refuel from the effort. That year, he thinks he made it to 140k over the 24-hour span, the majority of which was spent in an Epsom salt bath and on his couch after the initial 100k.

Sederquist after the 2020 Equinox Challenge

Each of the last two Equinox Challenges have been won by Dan Batswanis, the unofficial-official Dean of Cross-Country skiing in the endurance capital of the world, Leadville, Colorado. Last year, Batswanis went 191k.

“If Dan is in front with five hours to go, I plan on biting him in the calf, or maybe, I don’t know,” said Ajee Sederquist, an assistant wax tech on team Seder-Skier.com.

Sederquist has enjoyed success during the 2021-2022 loppet season, taking crowns in the Alley Loop, Leadville Loppet, Pepsi Challenge, and Snow Mountain Ranch classic marathons.

“Not sure what that even means….hardly anyone was in those races,” said Christie Sederquist, a faithful, albiet skeptical supporter of Seder-skier.com enterprises.

“All I can say is that he better be in church at 10:00 a.m.”

The race starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and concludes the following day at the same time. Sederquist plans on going “full-gas” until he reaches 100k, then doing a Quaker Oatmeal sponsor-bit to refuel, catch a nap and probably write some stories or do a podcast, and head back out when the snow gets fast again. He said he will use his USSPC company poles, which have aided him to all of his double-pole victories thus far. If he is out at night, he will light up the Mount Massive amphitheater with his Ledlenser headlamp.

Heading into the event, the notoriously brash and naively over-confident Sederquist was seemingly confident as he erroneously applied a strange concoction of glide wax to a pair of 1978 Peltonen Olympics.

“I’m going to run the last mile in under 4-minutes and I dare anyone to come with me,” he said, sounding and looking a lot like Steve Prefontaine with his wily mustache bursting grotesquely below his upper lip and into his crooked front teeth.

“If anyone is going to beat me, they’re going to have to bleed … .or die or whatever….to do it.”

The world record for the most kilometers skied in 24 hours is 472 by Hans Mäenpää of Finland back in 2018. Last spring, Anders Aukland skied 700 consecutive kilometers over a 41 hour period. Sederquist believes both of those records could be under threat if he “feels snappy.”

“You never know — if the skis are fast, I might take a crack at it,” he said, noting that he will probably complete the entire event in a completely fasted state, taking water only when his skin begins to turn purple. If he is feeling drained, he said he would refuel on his specialty endurance recipe: pickles, bananas, and propel.

Published by rsederquist

My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at sederquistrd@grizzlies.adams.edu

3 thoughts on “Press Release: Sederquist will attempt 200k at 10,500 feet

  1. Epic attempts like this are “going to the cross;” you know it will hurt, but you accept it faithfully regardless. God be with you, my friend.

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