Far too often, we look at champions as if they
are made from a sinewy type of steel. When they win, it is because they are far
different than any of us – more talented, mentally tougher and physically
Chuck Eidenschink answered the knock at the door of his Portland home while
he was putting on a pair of overalls. It was January 2021 and Scott LaPlante
was in the middle of planning out his summer as he was going to a...
Bassett has reached a point in life where practically every answer to any question
he’s asked usually turns into a story.
blame him for that.
you’re 77 years old and completed nearly 200 ultrama...
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.
Friday night during the fall, the gathering at the loc...
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...
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...
made a pact, my youngest daughter and I, not long after Katie finished the
Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run in September 2019.
the finishers of that year’s Grand Slam of Ultrarunning honored durin...
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...
Emily Hawgood crosses the finish line of the Canyons 100K holding the flag of Zimbabwe, her native country. Scott Rokis
Hawgood has felt an intimate connection with a race, a trail and the racin...
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...
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...
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...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...