Features

The Long View: Reader Survey

We recently conducted a reader survey and received almost 1,000 responses – thank you for your feedback. The positive comments were encouraging and nice to hear. Over 98% of respondents said UltraRunning Magazine is inte...

Taking on My First 50k

Dear Ann, We have never met before but I read your column in UltraRunning Magazine and enjoy your words and value your advice. I have a question. I would like 2017 to be the year of my first 50k – I feel ready. I just...

Crewing and Pacing Tips

In ultras we rely heavily on others to help us get to the finish. That includes volunteers and staff at races, as well as family and friends who crew or pace. Even if you prefer to run with minimal assistance, there’s a...

Voluntary Community

There are many aspects of the ultrarunning community that I love, and one of the most important is the fact that at 99% of races 99% of the folks out there helping the runners are volunteers. It’s easy to take this for g...

Divergent Diets

Many diets eliminate one or more of the essential food groups. Or the diet might recommend an increase in consumption of one food at the expense of another food. Most popular diets have mixed reviews on whether they are...

Windows

As a high school coach, I share the knowledge with every other high school coach, that one of the critical components of a successful season is senior leadership. It is not that your seniors have to be the best players o...

Embrace the Suck

Some military phrases seem like they fit ultrarunning like a hand in a glove. Take the Marine Corp’s quote, “Pain is good; extreme pain is extremely good!” Can you beat that for summing up the right attitude to have head...

Get Strong, Get Faster

Like eating our veggies, we all know that strength training is good for us, but making it a part of our training plan is tough. Maybe the biggest challenge is time or lack of motivation – or maybe we are just confused as...

Casados, Kaizen and the Art of Eating Ultra

“Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.” – Robert Maurer in One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way In Costa Ric...

Hardrock Heartache

It was a moment Katie Grossman had anticipated for nearly seven years, since that first time she visited the Hardrock 100-miler in Silverton, Colorado. She had fallen in love with Hardrock almost before she set foot t...

The Haywire Heart Reviewed

Ultrarunners and other endurance athletes should pay attention to the main message of this fascinating book. Decades of intensive training and racing can cause long-term damage to your heart. Surely we have all wondered...

Hydration Belt Review

Hydration belts can be among the most valuable and dependable pieces of gear in your closet. They carry a modest amount of fluids along with key cargo essentials, and can be used for everyday training as well as a minima...

Paying the Price

Ultras are somewhat difficult by definition. Can you run an ultra on very limited training? Yes. The mind is incredibly strong. Should you run an ultra on very limited training? That depends on how bad you want to hurt d...

Pamela Chapman Markle

The emergence of Pamela Chapman Markle as a prolific runner of 100-mile races is as sudden and surprising as it is unlikely. Pamela never ran in a foot race of any distance before the age of 55; not even a 5k. Her first...

You Ate What?

For better or worse, I’ll probably always best be known as that guy who ordered a pizza while out running. For some reason that particular story seems to resonate with casual runners and non-runners, alike. When I did it...

One Plus One Equals Three

I once heard someone say that two horses pulling together can pull more than the sum of the two horses pulling separately. I found the idea intriguing and went to the internet to see if this was true (because of course e...

Remember to KISS

It’s not rocket science (no pun intended), it’s one of the most basic things we can do. Since we’ve come down from the trees we’ve been running, either away from or towards something. It’s what animals do. You put one fo...

Feature Races

Arrowhead 135

This snow ultra is scheduled during the historically coldest time of year in the lower 48 states. Race morning on Monday, January 30, found us assembling in International Falls with temperatures in the balmy single digit...

HURT 100

As we gathered at the Makiki Nature Center on Friday, I was reminded of the diversity of our sport as I looked out at the crowd of runners and their crews. This year had a typically international field of entrants, from...

Race Reports

Ordnance 100K & Fort Ord Trail Run

You might think the first week of February is an inauspicious time to stage an ultra, but you would be wrong if the race location is the Ford Ord National Monument and Laguna Seca Recreation Area on the central coast of...

Skydive Ultra Run

There’s no shortage of energy and adrenaline at the starting line of an ultra but when that starting line is the open door of a moving airplane, the energy is a bit more palpable. Skydive Ultra is the only running race i...

Mountain Mist

There’s an unwritten rule in an ultra that if you trip and start to fall, you’ll use way less energy if you just go down rather than trying to stay upright. That’s where I found myself less than a hundred feet from the f...

Snowdrop ULTRA

By Kevin Kline In Sugar Land, Texas, 138 solo runners and 110 relay runners ushered in the new year participating in the 4th Annual Snowdrop Foundation ULTRA 55 Race and Relay. Familiar names sat atop the results a...

Sean O’Brien

It only took me three years to make it to the starting line of the Sean O’Brien 100K, or “SOB.” Two years in a row I had to email the RD, Keira Henninger, and let her know that I’d be a no-show due to injury. After going...

River Valley Revenge – Winter

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has the distinction of being the northernmost major city in North America. If you have heard of Edmonton before, you likely know it for two reasons: Wayne Gretzky or its great big shopping mall....

Hellcat

January 21 was a sunny winter day in North Florida. A perfect day for a race in the shadow of World War Two heroes. The Hellcat 50K is hosted by the Military Museum of North Florida, a 501-C3 non-profit, and is a fundrai...

Tarawera Ultra

New Zealand may be a relatively small nation, but it has played an outsize role in running history. It was the legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard, after all, who developed a system of training built on aerobic streng...

April 2017

Dorian Momsen is small among her surroundings but large in running ability as she runs in her first 100k race and wins at Ordnance 100K. Photo: Let’s Wander Photography