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One of the benefits of owning a small publication is the ability, within certain bounds, to print what one feels is the best possible material, the kind of content subscribers truly want to read each month, without getti...

Experiment of One: Using a Heart Rate Monitor in Ultrarunning

Introduction Heart rate monitors are used by elite athletes in a number of sports to help them plan, conduct, and analyze training to sharpen fitness without overtraining. Runners at elite levels who compete in races...

Taper Week Nutrition

You are standing on the start line of an ultra. All of the workouts are over and all the training miles have been run. You haven chosen your shoes, trail pack and hat carefully. Have you spent the same effort on your fue...

On the Go: 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Part II

We will start the second part of the Holiday Gift Guide with a selection of clothing for ultrarunners. Winter and spring running often mandates a long sleeve top as a base layer, an occasional insulation piece and a shel...

Why Don't More Young Runners Run Ultras?

In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic tome The Brothers Karamazov, one of the fundamental characters—Ivan Karamazov—is confronted in a feverish vision by an apparition who claims to be the Devil. Ivan’s...

The Older Ultrarunner: A View from Over the Hill

You’ve all heard this one before: a 65-year-old looks at a photograph of a local group, perhaps in his hometown newspaper. He recalls the event, then focuses on the strangely familiar features of the old gent right...

UltraRunning Profile: Young 100-Mile Champion Phil Shaw

Name: Phil Shaw Date/place of birth: August 31, 1985, Everett, Washington Current location: Home is Everett, although I attend college in Brunswick, Maine. Job(s): Student Marital status/children/pets: Going solo, wit...

A Tale of Two Hundreds

“Honey?...I love you!...I’m at Cavitt—the school. I’m feeling good...Can’t talk too long...I love you...sure let me talk to him...Peter!...How are yoooou! Love yooooou!...” Race direct...

Feature Races

Nippert and Lundblad Lead USA Runners again at World 100 Km

The 1AU (International Association of Ultra Runners) 100 Km World Championship is the most competitive ultramarathon in the world. This year’s event brought athletes from 22 countries together to determine the worl...

Race Results

Arkansas 100 Mile

Standing out in the cold for most of the night waiting to greet finishers of the 16th annual Arkansas Traveller, it occurred to me what a nice advantage a few assorted marathons have that finish inside arenas or conventi...

Heartland 100 Mile and 50 Mile

The seventh annual Heartland 50 and 100 Mile started under clear skies, with a record low temperature of 30 degrees F. A slight chance of showers overnight was predicted, but the conditions during the day on Saturday wer...

Rio Del Lago 100 Mile and SNER 52.4 Mile

In the seven-year history of the Rio Del Lago 100 Mile, course and age group records have fallen each year, and this year was no exception. We have never had a woman in the 18 to 29 age group finish the race, but this ye...

Bohemeian Alps 50 Mile

Ultras are supposed to be an adventure, but sometimes you get more than you bargain for. Phil Sheridan and Matt Becker came up from Kansas to camp out at Timber Point the night before this year’s Bohemian Alps run....

Lake Tahoe 72 Mile

The Lake Tahoe 72 Mile is a classic road ultra that has been held most years since the late 1970s. There have been some great races and performances over the decades, including Rae Clark’s all-time record of 9:06....

December 2006

Rajeev Patel and Carmela Layson at the Rio Del Lago 100 Mile. Photo: Don Lundell.