Smokin' 'Em: Eric Hansen's Race to Quit

For January's "The Run for My Cure," Eric Hansen's inaugural Out of Bounds column, the Boulder, Colorado-based writer sought to do the impossible: Quit smoking.

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen ponders the logic of enduring a grueling, three hour aerobic fitness test after smoking, in the parking lot, what he hopes was his last cigarette.
Photo by Chris Thompson

But, writes Hansen, "What I needed, I realized, was not to quit something, but to start something. "So, I decided I would run."

His efforts would take him from the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, to the Nunavut Midnight Sun Marathon in Arctic Bay, Canada, 435 miles above the Arctic Circle.

Here, see exclusive images of Hansen's journey taken by photographer Chris Thompson and read more of Hansen's work for Outside.



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