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Most Trail Runners Have that small list of races and runs they'd love to do tucked away in the back of their mind. Bucket List Races and Runs Maybe it's an exotic location, extraordinarily long or it's just caught your eye. There is a few that come to my mind. It doesn't have to be anything special just something YOU want to run. Check It Out! Rijani 100 Location: Lombok, Indonesia As soon as I saw Indonesia I was in! Let's have a look at this race. Distances 27, 36, 60 and 100 kms. In addition to the classic route and famously brutal trail from Senaru to Segara Anak Lake before summitting majestic Rinjani, you will get to experience all n

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