Race directing a 50k is like running a 100-miler, or at least that’s my hypothesis as I recover from the Tamalpa Headlands 50K.
It’s interesting to look back and realize when we started the whole process, a few conve...
An accomplished alpine skier,
mountaineer, adventurer and all-around athlete for his entire life, France’s
Nico Mermoud is intimately familiar with being at the forefront of innovation.
After being heavily involved w...
As I trotted my way to the start, it felt cold
on the coast of Washington. Surprisingly, it wasn’t raining, which was welcomed
by the nearly 500 eager runners who lined up at Fairhaven Park preparing to
tackle the 29t...
Back in January, I was ready to start training in earnest, with races on the calendar just a few months away and my physical recovery from the end of year races in November was complete. The flickering flame inside wante...
It’s easy to emerge from a winter thaw feeling
rejuvenated and ready to roll on the trails. Pumping the brakes is likely
harder than testing out the throttle after a deep hibernation, especially with...
Not many people would use a 160-mile fastest
known time (FKT) attempt just one month after one of the world’s hardest 100-milers
in preparation for another notoriously demanding 100-miler, but there are few
Just four short years ago, Adam Peterman thought
his running career was finished. He was coming off a nagging Achilles injury
that prevented him from having any success during his final years in the
At the end of each year, there are plenty of ultrarunners
who’ve made a lasting impression, even if they don’t top the annual UltraRunners
of the Year list. So, before racing season kicks off in 2023, we’re keeping our...
“Imagine running 3 hours and 22 minutes for 50k…and getting beat by 45 minutes!” “Tropical” John Medinger said to me after, well, doing just that on October 8, in San Francisco, California, at the 35th annual Ruth Anders...
Last year at the 2021 race, while
standing at the Hardrock start in downtown Silverton, Colorado, Courtney
Dauwalter turned to her friend, fellow competitor and then four-time finisher
Jeff Browning and asked him for...
Folklore has it that
Alaska’s Mount Marathon started as a bar bet between two “sourdoughs”—slang
for gold miner— on who could race from the middle of Seward, Alaska, to the
top of the 2,974-foot-tall peak hovering ove...
Cocodona runners take off from the start line in Prescott, AZ, on their 250-mile journey. Howie Stern
In Prescott, Arizona, 225 brave souls toed the line at the second edition of the Cocodona 250, wi...
For the fifth consecutive year, the Barkley
Marathons course in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, conquered all of its
“I’m amazed that we ended up without a
finisher,” said race director Gary “Lazarus...
The notoriously swift and historic Northern
California season opener, Way Too Cool 50K, returned to the calendar after an
absence in 2021, and was welcomed with wide open arms by the robust ultrarunning
Just three years ago at the 2019 Black Canyon
Ultras, the course was adjusted to a tertiary route to avoid crossing the
dangerously swift moving Agua Fria River after a heavy winter of rain. This
year, the race ran tr...
A Minnesota Nordic skier at heart, this year’s
women’s UltraRunner of the Year for the third consecutive season wishes winter
would arrive soon at her home in Leadville, Colorado. She wants to get on her
sticks. At th...
Boasting a new American Record in the 100k to
start the year in January, his third consecutive win at the world’s most
prestigious 100-mile race, Western States, in June, and finishing the season
off with a new a win...
After completing his 25th Western States Endurance Run in
2006, Tim Twietmeyer knew he was satisfied with pinning on a number. Along with
joining the Western States Board in 2007, he also wanted to give back as much