Features

Everybody Knows

A recent Wall Street Journal article looked at the use of marijuana to mitigate the challenges of ultrarunning and enhance performance. The point was that THC is a banned performance-enhancing drug, so to use it during c...

Ideal Weight for Distance Running

Dear Ann, First, I must say you are an amazing athlete, and your accomplishments are mind-blowing. My question is concerning the ideal weight for distance running. I have heard height in inches times two is the best; ho...

With a Little Help from My Friends

With summer race season just a few months away, I am sure that many of you are steadily training for that big race, especially if you were lucky enough to make it through an anticipated lottery. And maybe once your name...

Seeking Adventure

Do you find your running mojo runs low sometimes? That every run feels the same and you’re pounding familiar paths again and again? It can be easy to get stuck in a rut due to certain training routes or races being conve...

Altitude and Your Nutrition

Altitude is a game changer for every runner who does not live and train at or above 6,000 feet. When you compete in a race high above sea level, you will need to adjust your nutrition and hydration while acclimating. Man...

Training and Racing in the Heat

As ultrarunners everywhere ramp up their training for their summer goals, it is a good time to discuss and strategize for training and racing in the heat. This is a complex topic, and scientists’ understanding of the var...

Take a Hike

We call them ultra “runs.” But, for most of us, a significant portion of the distance is covered by walking. Walking is far less glamorous than running. But often our success walking has more impact on the final result t...

Ultra Aggression

Ultrarunning, almost by definition, is a communal love-fest. It is a friendly, nurturing community, wherein we run together: with one another for the exploration of nature and self.  With the support of a crew, pacers...

Ace Your Aid Stations

Aid stations are totally awesome, as are the volunteers who staff them. Really, it’s the aid stations that make the whole ultra thing possible. You run almost completely unencumbered by equipment for 30, 50, or 100 miles...

Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club

The scenic Three Peaks Loop is an iconic U.K. trail route. It is a 24.5-mile loop that begins and ends in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, a sleepy town nestled in the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve. The area is within the Y...

Eight Essentials for the Traveling Runner

Muddy shoes, wet socks and sweaty clothes adorning an ominously odorous mass of foul dampness—that’s one way to describe a runner who, in the ecstasies of post-run bliss, fails to recognize the staunch stench they are em...

News from Around the Globe

Tarawera 100K The UTWT series moved from Asia to Australasia (New Zealand) for the second race in 2015 in early February. Tarawera is a 100k point-to-point trail race on mostly single-track through native bush and fores...

The Heat is On

Having just finished an hour-and-a-half session of Bikram yoga, now seems like a good time to write a column about dealing with the heat. Many runners don’t like it when temperatures rise, but as my high school cross-cou...

Ultra Babies

When you run a 100-mile foot race, it is easy to think of yourself as some kind of superhuman. After all, you are voluntarily covering a distance on foot that a percentage of people very close to zero ever even attempt....

Mommy Miles

My husband, Mike, and I knew we wanted children, but I was scared that having a baby would interrupt or even force me to stop my ultrarunning. I didn’t believe it was possible to have a young family and keep doing ultram...

Whiners and Winners

As the years fly by, I’m increasingly appreciative of what I was once capable of, especially compared to what I’m able to do now. For years, I took what I did in my running as something of a given, and felt that I could...

Race Reports

Black Canyon

While most of the population was scrambling about looking for last minute stuffed teddy bears, heart shaped chocolates and overpriced flowers, there were over 130 brave souls toeing the line for second annual Black Canyo...

Rocky Raccoon

I’ve run Rocky Raccoon 100 five times now and keep going back, largely because it’s one of the classics in ultrarunning. In its 23rd year, it’s one of the older 100s, where many outstanding performances have taken place...

Mountain Mist

At the prerace dinner, race founder and director Dink Taylor quipped, “It doesn’t matter what the weatherman says the week of the race, we have found that Mountain Mist controls the weather.”  Despite forecasts of a clea...

H.U.R.T. 100

Every finisher of the HURT 100 kisses the sign that says “Aole Makou E Ho’ohikiwale Kela” (“we wouldn’t want it to be easy”). With a record number of finishers (60) and a record finishing rate (almost 50%), the Board of...

Avalon Benefit 50

“Mud run:” these two words perfectly described the 34th Avalon 50-Mile Benefit Run. This year’s race once again included age-defying individuals Messrs. Hal Winton (84 years old) and Kent Holder (75 years old). They have...

Brazos Bend 100

The Brazos Bend 100, with its promise of alligators, a flat sea-level course and a holiday-party-themed race, set the bar high in its first year of existence. There were 831 runners registered for the event, which made i...

Destin Beach

This is the first year we have had a race of 100+ miles. The participants of that race ran on the 24-hour course (two-mile loop) for 13 hours. If they completed at least 50 miles in those 13 hours, they then faced the no...

Orcas Island 50K

The tenth annual Orcas Island 50K was, perhaps even more than any other running of this iconic Washington race, wet, sloppy and exceedingly memorable. A week's worth of rain and subsequent thick mud made already difficul...

Ozark Trail 100

Deep in the Mark Twain National Forest in South Central Missouri, at 6 a.m. on a brisk morning the first weekend of November, Kyle Curtin took off from the start of the Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run at a record-sett...

Pistol Run

The Pistol Ultra Run features a 50k (with relay option), a 100k and a 100-mile race to start the New Year off with a bang. It’s a super event for first timers, seasoned ultrarunners hunting a PR and anyone else looking f...

Psycho Wyco

In 12 years, fewer than 5% of the finishes at Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run 50k have been under five hours. And only one person—Scott Gall of Cedar Falls, IA—has broken the four-hour barrier. And now he’s done it twice.  I...

Sean O’Brien

In September 2006, I was at the local running store and my boss said, “You have to meet this woman. She is the real deal!” The next week Keira Henninger came to my store and we became instant friends. I’ve known Keira si...

Skydive Ultra

The ultrarunning community has few members; in fact, less than 2% of the world’s population will ever run an ultramarathon. Likewise, the skydiving community is an exclusive club, with a whopping 3% volunteering to fall...

Steep Ravine

Packing up at home in the Colorado Rockies for my upcoming race in the Marin Headlands, I wondered whether I should bring the heavy tights and winter hat I’d worn on every run for three months. I wondered what, exactly,...

Andes Infernal

At 17,800 feet, the Andes Infernal race in Chile, South America, is by far the highest race on the Sky Running calendar and the longest competitive event at such a sustained altitude anywhere on the planet. The 51k loop...

Hobbit 100K

Breathing deeply, I grabbed hold of jutting bedrock to steady myself as the large piece of talus I had stepped onto tipped and threatened to dump me back onto the switchback I had just climbed. I sucked water from my hyd...

April 2015

Dylan Bowman, with Jorge Maravilla on his hip, blazing the trail at Terawera 100k where the two Mill Valley, CA residents dominated the race and finished first and second, respectively. Photo: Lyndon Marceau