Articles by Buzz Burrell

Returning to Race

I am entered in eight races over eight weeks this summer, most of them in the Alps. Seeing how I entered almost no running races over the past five years, friends are commenting that this is a very ambitious schedule (wh...

The Truth About Aging

I am an expert on age and running. I wish I wasn’t. I wish I was 40 years old and knew nothing about this miserable topic. That was way more fun. But hold on, 40 years old is classified as “master” which was three d...

Fastest Known Times of the Year

Half of these award-winning FKTs were done outside the US, which is great to see and something new for 2021.  The FKT scene is very active all over the world, and our voters recognized that.   There were some long rou...

Fastest Known Times of the Year

Fastest Known Times (FKT) can easily be undertaken while maintaining a distance of six feet (or six miles, in some cases). Not only can runners skip the hassle of lotteries for the privilege of entering...

Most Notable Fastest Known Times of 2018

The Fastest Known Time of the Year Award is back again for its third year. FKTs are now a fundamental element of ultrarunning. From the best runners in the world to back-of-packers, runners are creating their own adventu...

Most Notable Fastest Known Times of 2017

The Most Notable FKTOYs is back for its second year. And with even more vigor: runners are really going after their personal projects. In June Cat Bradley won the prestigious Western States 100 race, then in November fin...

The Skinny on Skimo

“Skimo” – the word is now part of the ultrarunning lexicon. Kilian Jornet has always done it. Many ultrarunners have taken it up, and Mike Foote and Rob Krar are on their National Teams. It’s the coolest new thing…should...

2016 Most Notable FKTs

Outside Magazine recently headlined, “FKT is the new Podium,” noting the trend of “…world-class ultrarunners prioritizing racking up new FKTs instead of a podium” at a traditional ultramarathon. While many marathon runne...

The Definitive Primer on Fastest Known Times

In 2000 Peter Bakwin and I were going to set the record on the John Muir Trail. But we weren’t sure what the record was. No one was. This is hard to believe in the age of the Internet, where people all over the world...

14ers Record Falls to Andy Hamilton

At 4:18 a.m., Saturday, September 11, Andy Hamilton of Boulder jogged into the Longs Peak Ranger Station. He had climbed all 54 mountains in Colorado higher than 14,000 feet in 13 days, 22 hours, and 48 minutes. The “...