The Speed Project

The Speed Project was founded by LA based runners Nils Arend and Blue Benadum who sought to cultivate a raw, anti-marathon running event that pushed the runners as well as people’s perception of what a run event is all about.

The Challenge

Two formidable, empowered females on a quest to complete The Speed Project LALV, the highly anticipated and inaugural SOLO Mission ultramarathon. It is a staggering 340 mile, on foot, unsanctioned run from Santa Monica Pier across the Mojave Dessert to the Las Vegas Welcome sign.

Driven by a relentless pursuit to multiply human performance, ultra runner and founder of 24x7Movement, Farrah Carbonell and endurance athlete and founder of a startup adventures brand MUUV, Laura Frank Barnard will embark on this adventure together. The Speed Project on its 7th year will include over 250 athletes globally and sponsored by major sports brands including Nike, adidas, On Running, Tracksmith and Whoop to name a few.


Farrah is based in New York City and LA and is new to ultras. Having had no prior athletic background, she recently discovered her passion for running and has ran impressive 33 marathons within the past two years alone. She successfully finished the Calendar Challenge with Des Linden in October 2020 and is determined to prove that people can achieve anything if they are bold and open enough to explore and test their limits

Laura Frank Barnard

Laura is an endurance athlete, an impact ESG ultrapreneur, philanthropist and Mom of 4 kids. She has completed 300 + ultramultisport events and has been running competitively since she was 9 years old with multiple trips to the Jr. Olympics. In 2015, she completed the Triple 7 Quest: 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days. She is a 5x Ironman Finisher, completed the Boston Marathon 4x and the NYC marathon 1x as a guide to challenged athletes. She is also a RAAM finisher (Race Across America).

Mission Statement

Our mission is to give people with disabilities access to the life changing impact of adventure within a supportive and inclusive community.