Articles by John Trent

It Made All the Difference

Nick Bassett has reached a point in life where practically every answer to any question he’s asked usually turns into a story. You can’t blame him for that. When you’re 77 years old and completed nearly 200 ultrama...

The Greatest Challenge

Small towns throughout the country usually have a heart and soul center that runs right through the 50-yard line of their high school football stadiums. Every Friday night during the fall, the gathering at the loc...

Finding A Path to Ultrarunning & Life

“My journey to run this race began as a young kid. I always saw runners participating in these races and I always saw how miserable they looked. However, the looks on their faces when they finish these races have draw...

Timing is Everything

Looking back now, Rachel Spaulding realizes that over the past few years, there have been brief conversational moments, chance occurrences during races and the sheer centrifugal force of a pandemic—all of which have al...

Grand Slam of a Year

We had made a pact, my youngest daughter and I, not long after Katie finished the Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run in September 2019. Watching the finishers of that year’s Grand Slam of Ultrarunning honored durin...

Western States 2021: Holding On & Letting Go

Beth Pascall crossed the finish line of the 2021 Western States Endurance Run in 17:10:42, placing first woman and seventh overall. Her time was the second-fastest women’s finish in Western States history. Le...

A Ticket, A Trail & A Dream

Emily Hawgood crosses the finish line of the Canyons 100K holding the flag of Zimbabwe, her native country. Scott Rokis Emily Hawgood has felt an intimate connection with a race, a trail and the racin...

Anita Ortiz: A Year of Adversity

From one end of the pandemic to the other, Anita Ortiz has had a lot of highs and lows as a runner. On February 13, 2021, she was released by her doctor who gave her the OK to begin running again. This good news se...

Cody Lind: In the Footsteps of Family

Cody Lind has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Dr. Robert Lind and his father, Paul Lind, for almost his entire life. When Cody was boy, he would join his grandfather in the family’s camper parked at th...

Finding Purpose

For Kyla Maher, the process of discovering her future has been about finding out who she is and something more – about how she can help others find a stronger sense of who they are and the community they wish to belon...

The Voice Of The Sport: A Sound To Remember

“Do you ever still hear them?” I knew exactly what he meant. Yes, all I needed to do was close my eyes. For the past 25 years, they’d been a reminder that Joe Braninburg, in the midst of his own finest athletic moment...

Memories at the Pony Express 100

If you think hard enough, you can feel the footsteps and hear the voices of all the races you’ve ever run. They become like a thin veil between the ambition of youth and the perspective of age. The problem, of cours...

Making History on the Tahoe Rim Trail

In late June and through the middle of July, the Tahoe Rim Trail’s 171-mile FKTs were battered by a bevy of runners that included Fran Zelenitz (women’s unsupported FKT on June 27), Helen Pelster (lowered Zelenitz’s unsu...

Chris Martinez: One Final Race

He had only been gone a few weeks. But when Amanda Espinoza-Martinez spoke of her late husband, Chris, it’s obvious his guiding spirit still remained.“He was so good at leading people,” Amanda says of Chris, who died on...

Bighorn 100: A Difficult Decision

The Bighorn Trail Run is in Michelle Maneval’s blood. There are few things in her life, other than her family, that she’s had a longer or more intimate association with than the endurance races which have been held witho...

Western States: A Ritual to Remember

My routine hasn’t varied much over the past few years. Once another Western States has been put to bed and those who have worked so hard in putting on the race have all hugged one last time, I take one final look over my...

Laura Chancellor's 100-Mile Journey

On the climb out of Robinson Flat, a little after 30 miles into the Western States Endurance Run, you can usually spot those who will finish and those who will not.What usually matters is the look in their eyes. Some loo...

100 Miles And A Cancer Diagnosis

He was just like any other first-time, 100-mile runner. The adventure of soaring into the unknown and testing one’s limits had come crashing down a little past the halfway point. Fifty-five miles into the Mountain Lakes...

Maggie Guterl: Achieving The Unachievable

There was only one thing left for Maggie Guterl to do, and that was to run.She was wrapped up in the middle of a strange gathering of runners in someone’s backyard. To call it a competition several months later, now that...

Ones to Watch in 2020

2019 will always be remembered as one of the watershed years in our sport. New records and standards of performance were established at some of our most enduring events (Jim Walmsley’s course record at Western States) by...