Your Name: Fabio Rizzo Cascio
Occupation: Software Developer
Home Town: Woodford Green
What is your running background?
I have been doing sports since I was 5, football, swimming, track and field, combat sport, triathlon. I actually started running-only in mid 2014 and racing in 2015
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I started running after doing Ironmans, in my mind ultras were the next thing. I trained for a bit, basically just increasing volume and did my first ultra as a training run with a friend on the Thames Path (50 miles)
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
Marathons and ultras in Europe and UK
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Finishing Sparta in 2018
Finishing the London marathon in 2:35 in 2017
Finishing KACR in 2018
Finishing UTMB in 2017
What was your hardest race experience?
Definitely Sparta 2017 where I didn’t finish. Picked up an injury after 90km run/walk to 170km and quit after that.
What events do you have planned for 2018 up to Spartathlon? (Dates/name of key events)
SDW 100 8th of June
24hr race in Germany 22nd of July
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Don’t start too fast and try to keep a constant pace
What does a typical training week look like?
Between 50 and 100 miles depending if it is marathon season or ultra season. I do a lot of my miles to and from work, 17 km each way.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Learn how to suffer and be mentally prepared for it, find something you can eat after 20 hours of running.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I have 2 dogs, I’m vegan and I love baking bread.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
How did you get on?
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?
Train your legs more than you think you should, quads especially.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
The atmosphere, the people, the statue and the food!
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Lots of miles on road, legs and core strength and heat training
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?
Yes. My friend Spencer, he is a runner too and he is pretty funny so he can help me in the dark moments of the race.