Articles by John Trent

We've Been Waiting for You

When you get old, you lose things. From your dreams of youth to the passing of friends you haven’t seen in decades, each day you grow older can be a gentle or a stark reminder of what you once were. As I stood on the sta...

The Voices of Wasatch

Prior to the start of the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, before the headlamps of 300 starters quietly snaked their way up the mountainside at East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville, Utah, I left our group stan...

How Anton Krupicka’s DNF Helped Transform Ultrarunning

He lived in Leadville during that long-ago summer of 2009, out of the back of his white Chevy S-10 pickup, which he affectionately called, “The Roost.”Anton Krupicka was focused on a simple task: run faster than anyone h...

An Ending and a New Beginning

The alignment seems almost uncanny, now that Andrea Abel has finished the Western States Endurance Run.Her late husband, Jeff, ran Western States in 2005 and finished in 29:24. Andrea finished this year in 29:27.Jeff fin...

Western States

Even if it was cool by Western States standards, the compelling severity of what lay before him was on the mind of Jim Walmsley as he walked slowly to the start of his fourth Western States Endurance Run.Talk in the days...

Nikki Kimball: Always a Runner

We all face crucial decisions throughout our lives. The one facing Nikki Kimball last fall was the most important she would ever make regarding her running.A left tibia injury from a snowshoe race in 2016 had escalated d...

Tim Tollefson

In the summer of 2018 near his home in Mammoth Lakes, California, Tim Tollefson had been preparing with uncommon focus for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in Chamonix, France.After finishing third in both of his pre...

Giving Life to the Bighorn

It was close to 100 degrees as we neared the bottom of the Tongue River Canyon. Tongue River Road led us toward Scott Park and the finish line in Dayton, Wyoming. It was a long, flat stretch of dirt road surrounded by fi...

Devon Yanko

Devon Yanko was racing for victory at the Leadville 100 on Aug. 19, 2017. Each mile that day was about stepping outside her competitive cocoon. She would later write in her blog, “I savored the moment. I ran this race in...

Diana Fitzpatrick: Breaking 24 at Western States

Diana Fitzpatrick has run many races, including qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials three times, finishing among the top 10 women twice at the Western States Endurance Run, and outright winning the le...

Changing of the Guard

Beginning with my DNF at mile 85 of the Wasatch Front 100-miler in September 2017, the Wasatch Front has inhabited my mind in the most obsessive of ways. I was haunted by my experience because I loved so much about it...

Coree Woltering Helps Re-Define the Sport

Coree Woltering is the first one to admit that his journey in becoming a professional ultrarunner has been unlikely. “I guess as a kid you do on occasion think about being a professional athlete,” says the 28-year-old...

Western States

The small wood table of broken dreams sits not far from the 78-mile checkpoint on the course of the Western States Endurance Run. There is a step-over for horses at a pole gate nearby, and as you pass by the quiet of...

Roland Martin: What He Greatly Thought, He Nobly Dared

Every ultra community has its leader, and ours was Roland Martin. If you look up Roland’s name on Ultrasignup, you will see results that reach back to the early 1980s. You will see a Western States Endurance Run finis...

Mark Robbins: Giving So That Others Can Experience the Extraordinary

I was bruised, battered and beyond help as my pacer and I stumbled into the Pot Hollow aid station at mile 84.7 of September’s Wasatch 100-miler in Utah. For several hours, I’d been tilting far to my left, like a buil...

Dave Mackey’s Long Journey Back

None of us would ever admit this out loud, but we like our inspirational heroes to be soft and mild. If they’ve faced a high level of adversity – which over the past three years, Dave Mackey certainly has – we expect the...

Chris DeNucci’s Journey: Inspiration, Intuition & Surgery

Precision marks a lot of the important things in Chris DeNucci’s life. He is, after all, an M.D. in musculoskeletal radiology, a field of medicine that deals with imaging of bone and joint abnormalities, including ort...

A Reminder

The young woman was in last place at the Kokanee Trail Runs. She walked into our aid station that morning with her pink long-sleeve shirt tied tightly around her waist. Like many others this particular Sunday morning,...

Tony Rossmann Battles Back

Tony Rossmann has always had a distinct advantage over the rest of us, something I’ve marveled at during the close to 20 years I’ve known him, and the more than 13 years we’ve served together on the Board of Trustees for...

Larisa Dannis: Living the Dream

IT WAS A DREAM SITUATION. And, in some ways, it felt like a dream in the days and months that followed Larisa Dannis’ second-place finish at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 2014. Dannis still remembers...