April 2022

Features

Returning to the Trail

After returning to the Hagg Lake 50K for the fourth time, I started to ask myself why I keep going back to this February race nestled in the northwest corner of Oregon, year after year. Is it because of my fellow runne...

News & Notes

Herron Sets 100-Mile World Record On February 19, Camille Herron, 40, set a World Record in the 100-mile distance in 12:41:11 at the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, besting her own previous record...

Three Training Runs to Add to Your Routine

Sometimes just finding where to run can be a chore. The mental ping-pong game between doing something easy or designing an elaborate route can derail even the best intended ultrarunners. Over the course of my running...

British Columbia Adventures

British Columbia’s Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler are all underrated world-class destinations for trail running, but North Vancouver has been my home for a decade, so I’m obviously a little biased. Winters here are m...

Where to Run When Training for an Ultra

Expanding your horizons from marathoning to ultramarathoning means expanding your running distances, changing some of your training practices and probably committing more time to the sport. This begs the question, “Wh...

What's On Your Pre-Race Checklist?

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify the hazards you’re likely to face on the trails. However, understanding how to best manage the risk, mitigate consequences and make good decisions about the places you want to...

Fruita Desert Running

In July 2020, in the middle of the initial COVID lockdown, my wife and I moved from our little slice of paradise in Durango, CO, a few hours north to Fruita, CO. And really, we had no idea where we were moving. On...

Surface-Level Polemics: Road or Trail?

The Beatles or Rolling Stones? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or tea? Dogs or cats? Flat Coke or Pepsi? The spectral location where an individual falls within these contretemps might allow for some degree of personality...

Finding Home

Two years ago, my mom died of cancer. It was less than a month before the onset of the COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, but the last week of her life was similar to everything hospitals across the country...

Don't Ignore the "Where"

We put in a lot of time and effort to be at our best in ultrarunning. This includes hours and hours of training, while balancing other commitments. A lot of us spend time and money analyzing fancy training plans and g...

Running Is Fun. Air Pollution Is Not.

“I can’t do much by myself, but I can do this and that’s a good start,” said Tara Warren a few days before sending runners up Malan’s Peak in Ogden, Utah, for this year’s Running Up For Air (RUFA). Warren is the race...

Mix It Up Every Now and Then

One great aspect of ultrarunning is that, for the most part, it happens outdoors on trails, along country roads or across leafy suburban streets. We get the exercise and cardiovascular blast that long-distance running...

Fear of Failure

It haunts us. It limits us. It leaves our dreams unrealized and our hopes unmet. It stands between us and limitless possibilities. It is our nemesis, but we seldom recognize it when we see it. Consider this oft given...

Spring Shoe Review

HOKA Tecton X                             Top Pick - Best New Model MSRP: $200 Weight (oz): 8.5 men’s / 6.9 women’s Heel/forefoot heights (mm): 33/29 men’s, 31/27 women’s Best for: High-volume training on mild to mod...

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...

Maybe I Can Get a Run In

I keep a duffel bag in my truck at all times with the essentials I need to run – anytime, anywhere. It’s a small bag for such a boundless pursuit and a continual reminder that the fundamental beauty of running lies in...

A Kind of Déjà Vu

Mauro Prosperi was lost in the Sahara Desert, guzzling his urine inside a marabout, a long-forgotten Islamic shrine, occasionally used by the Bedouins. He sat atop a mound of sand blown in from the storm, a gaggle of...

Running on Water

Ultrarunners are notoriously prolific. We run on every imaginable terrain—mountains, deserts, snowfields, marshes, grasslands—on all continents. Any landscape that’s accessible is runnable. Been there, run...

The History Behind Where We Run

I live in Australia and my house sits in a suburb called Diamond Creek. The name supposedly came from a cow called Diamond that fell into a creek and died. (Or so, that's what my Dad and I were told when we moved here...

Where to Run Around the San Juan Mountains

Every summer, countless trail runners make a pilgrimage to the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado to experience mountain running. Most nurture a desire to run parts of the Hardrock 100 course, which forms a gian...

Dakota Jones

Age: 31 Where do you live currently? Bozeman, MT Where did you grow up? Moab, UT and Durango, CO Occupation: Engineering student, I guess. I’m also the executive director of Footprints Running Camps, and I train and...

Race Reports

Black Canyon Ultras

Just three years ago at the 2019 Black Canyon Ultras, the course was adjusted to a tertiary route to avoid crossing the dangerously swift moving Agua Fria River after a heavy winter of rain. This year, the race ran tr...

Cactus Roulette

Eleven hours and 38 minutes after starting his race, Sean Frost crossed the finish line holding his daughter’s hand. His dad handed him a beer and Sean relaxed, thinking he was done. He had run 17 loops for 42.3 miles...

Hagg Lake

Pacific Northwest winters are historically wet, cold and cloudy. Located west of Portland near the foothills of the Tillamook State Forest, Henry Hagg Lake is an ideal location to not only experience prime Pacific Nor...

Rocky Raccoon

At Huntsville State Park, just prior to sunrise, it was obvious the day was going to be cold despite a clear blue sky. Humidity in Texas always draws the dew point up which can make it icy on a cold, winter night. Know...

Trueheart Brown celebrates his win at the Black Canyon 100K in Arizona where he received a Golden Ticket to run Western States in June. Photo: Howie Stern