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Be the best second with Karoline Hanks

The multiple personalities of race supporting

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Being a second to an ultra-runner is a lot like being a nurse. There is the same degree of selfless devotion, empathetic care, brow-mopping, close engagement with bodily fluids, bottle or drip feeding, and general selfsacrifice.

The difference is your patient is far from immobile and helpless. Instead, they are running an impossibly vast distance over many, many mountain peaks. You must only ever sign up for this job with an abundance of love in your heart and a generosity of spirit.

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