Articles by Jeffrey Stern

Hardrock 100 Endurance Run

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...

Mount Marathon

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 250

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...

Way Too Cool

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 community. Pr...

The Barkley Marathons

For the fifth consecutive year, the Barkley Marathons course in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, conquered all of its 38 entrants. “I’m amazed that we ended up without a finisher,” said race director Gary “Lazarus...

Black Canyon Ultras

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...

Courtney Dauwalter Interview

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...

Jim Walmsley Interview

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...

Chasing Golden Hour Finishes

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 a...

Karl Meltzer - Two Consecutive Decades of 100-Mile Wins

Keeping race logistics simple and controlling what he can is something Karl Meltzer has done throughout his entire 25-year ultrarunning career, and he’s confident it’s the best approach to racing, “I think, in general...

Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra

The anticipated international fan fair was a bit subdued with some travel restrictions for this year’s Big’s Backyard Ultra in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, but there was still plenty of excitement as a previous, two-time,...

Canyons 100k

(L to R) Noah Brautigam, Anthony Costales and Max King approach mile 10 at daybreak as they climb out of Mammoth Bar aid station on the newly modified Canyons 100K course. Lacy Wittman Arguably the most co...

Barkley Bites Again

Once again, since its inception in 1986, The Barkley Marathons were held at Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg, Tennessee, and concluded with zero finishers this year—for the third time in a row.This year’s edition didn’...

Black Canyon

The weekend at Black Canyon Ultras wasfor many, a much anticipated return to racing in the pandemic era. After nearly a full year since the start of it all, racing opportunities for most have been relatively few and...

Project Carbon X 2

After a wildly successful event in 2019 in Sacramento, California, that saw Jim Walmsley break the 50-mile world best in 4 hours, 50 minutes and 8 seconds, it seemed only natural that Project Car...

Racing the World at Big’s Backyard

During the 2018 Big’s Backyard Ultra in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Courtney Dauwalter arrived at the starting line for her 68th lap standing shoulder to shoulder with Stockholm’s Johan Steene. After running through two...

Dauwalter Goes for 500 Miles

“I’m feeling good – better every day,” Courtney Dauwalter said just two weeks after her 500-mile Colorado Trail (CT) fastest known time (FKT) attempt. “I’ll be back to 100% soon, I hope,” she continued, clearly optimisti...

Mt. Shasta Trail Runs

Leading up to the Mount Shasta 50K, my first socially-distanced race, I was flooded with emotion. I just flat out missed racing and all the aspects of an ultra – the training, the challenge, the deep valleys I have to ba...

Woltering Battles for the Ice Age FKT

Approaching the halfway point of last year’s Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji (UTMF) the temperatures dropped into the high 30s and it started raining – hard. As the weather worsened and the winds picked up it, became bitterly col...