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An early season 50k is a great opportunity to “check the engine,” if you will. It’s also an excellent reminder of why we run ultramarathons. Maybe you’re really just looking to get some miles in and test the race waters,...

Becoming An Ultrarunner For Life

I first heard about ultrarunning in 2004 when I saw a documentary about the Marathon des Sables (MdS) in the Sahara Desert. I never thought the sport would dominate my life in every way, but it turns out that many runner...

So You Want To Be A Coach?

Coaching is an awesome profession. While we’re not solving climate change or feeding the homeless, there is still something humbling about having another human being entrust you with an activity they are going to spend 1...

Ultrarunning The Numbers

Ultrarunning as a sport has technically been around for over 100 years, but the format that most of us know as “ultrarunning” today (trail and road races, typically 50k to 100 miles) is barely 50 years old and evolving r...

Diagnosing Overtraining Syndrome

The basis of any effective training protocol is stress and rest. Runners must engage in activity which is more strenuous than usual which causes fatigue. When the stress of training is coupled with adequate rest, a posit...

Engineer by Day, Ultrarunner by Night

For 40-50 hours per week, I work as an environmental engineer organizing the logistics and operations of a municipal public works department. My entire involvement with running, including training, coaching and race dire...

What It Means To Go Pro

By 2016, I felt a sentiment that went something like, “I’ve really made it when it comes to ultrarunning for a living.” I was earning most of my income from a couple of paying sponsors and endorsing a few other product s...

Ultramarathon-Induced Corneal Edema

At around mile 70 of the Zion 100-mile race, Ken Huang fell for the first time and thought her depth perception was off. She then fell repeatedly, and both of her headlamps stopped working. When she finally got one of he...

Running On Earth

Gear is ubiquitous in our sport. This magazine regularly reviews gear, professional runners often promote gear, while others sell gear for outdoor companies.Regardless if we work with gear, we all wear it, and it’s impor...

The Last Race

I have a friend, Phil, who ran a 1:48.01 for 800 meters in college.Aside from being a performance that is beyond the dreams of most people, what does that have to do with running ultras? Actually, that particular perform...

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...

Spring Shoe Review

HOKA One One Speedgoat 4MSRP: $145Weight (oz): 10.8oz M/9.2oz WHeel/forefoot heights (mm): 32/28 M, 30/26 WBest for: Mountain scree, rugged 100-milers, challenging technical terrainSpeedgoats are a perennial favorite of...

Race Directing for a Living

Even though Steve Durbin, owner of Durbin Race Management, can no longer run, he prides himself on making his races “runner-friendly.” This six-time Ironman and Boston Marathon veteran (he’s completed the legendary race...

Top 10 Ultrarunning Movie Lines

There is mounting evidence that ultramarathons are creeping into the realm of Hollywood. Ultrarunning’s influence on the silver screen is subtle, but if you know what you’re looking for, the evidence is unmistakable. As...

A Life Of Ultrarunning

In 1993, the year I ran my first ultra, 3,297 individuals finished an ultramarathon in North America. By 2019, the number had ballooned to 127,269. Yes, the sport has grown – phenomenally so. And, by most analyst predica...

Why I Run Ultras

Leaving my house for my first long run in two months, I feel ambivalent about going 25 miles. Part of me senses I’ll cut it short at 20, because isn’t that enough? No, I need to log a solid five-hour run. But why?Recentl...

How I Got Here

I have found myself coming to terms with writing “athlete” when asked about my profession, which still makes me feel a little nervous, proud, excited and slightly like a fraud using the title in the company of other grea...

I Am An Ultrarunner: Callie Lauren

Age: 33Where do you live currently? ChicagoWhere did you grow up? OrlandoOccupation: Advertising copywriterFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Cloudy Brown, a 10-year-old rescue dog and best roommate everNumber of ultras run: 8...

Race Reports

Vibram Hong Kong 100

The Hong Kong 100 happened right before the Coronavirus outbreak. It featured amazing local runners, most of them from mainland China, and showed how much we will be missing them this season if this world health crisis d...

The Franklins

At 4 a.m., it was snowing in El Paso. I closed my eyes and tried not to think of the days ahead, but I felt at home back in these magical mountains with the crew from Trail Racing Over Texas. I was here with unfinished b...

Black Canyon

Black Canyon 100K was the first time my children would be a part of an entire race experience. After the 30-hour car ride from Wisconsin to Arizona, we scoped out a campsite near the start for race morning. My husband wo...

Orcas Island 50k

I went to Orcas Island for a trail race and ended up competing in my first ever trail swim. By all intents and purposes, Rainshadow Running’s Orcas Island series of trail races spanning three distances (25k, 50k and 100M...

Arrowhead 135

Last year, Arrowhead took place during a “polar vortex.” Temperatures during the race dipped to 22 degrees below zero, with windchills of 46 degrees below zero. Ten days out from this year’s race, weather forecasters wer...

April 2020

Nicholas Kopp climbs to a win at the Lone Star 100 in Franklin Mountains Park in El Paso, Texas. This was the last year of the event, which included 21,000 feet of elevation gain. Photo: LET’S WANDER PHOTOGRAPHY