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9. We're still not sure if this is tough—so much as it is plain gross. But we respect it all the same. Armed with nothing but flippers and snorkels, racers in the World Bog Snorkeling Championships brave a 60-yard stretch of sticky, smelly god-knows-what in the dense Waen Rhydd Peat bog in Llanwrytd Wells, Wales—the smallest town in Britain. Check out these photos from last summer's outing: www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1836069,00.html

8. Imagine pedaling four mountain stages of the Tour de France—back to back, without stopping—and you have an idea of what the cyclists in the Furnace Creek 508 face. (At least Lance gets nightly breaks.) The race starts just north of L.A., in Santa Clarita, California, and passes through Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, with 36,000 feet of climb along the way. Sounds tough to us, but don't just take our word for it. Hear it from the '08 racers in these on-site interviews:

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