Features

Making the Sausage

We recently had a “strategic planning retreat,” which in our case really meant that four of us got together in a fun setting (Sunriver, Oregon) to do some running, eat good food and hang out with local ultrarunners. Oh,...

Optimizing Multi-Day Races

Dear Ann, It was nice to meet you at Gary Cantrell’s newest creation, A Race for the Ages. That was my first multi-day timed event, and although I was pleased to get in 120 miles under the hot and humid conditions, I’m...

Does Coaching Differ for Elites?

When runners ask me about coaching, they often assume that it’s just for the speedsters trying to maximize their chance to win races. Many wonder whether they’re appropriate candidates to benefit from being coached and w...

Training Talisman

It’s an odd thing, but there have been occasions when I have spent many months training with single-minded focus for a goal race, and yet in the middle of the actual race, I have struggled to remember all the hard work t...

A Farewell… Along With Some “Thymely and Sage” Advice

I fell into ultrarunning – literally. In the ’90s I fell down some steps at work and tore the ACL in my knee. My orthopedist said I was “too old” (40s!) to harvest my own hamstring to repair it with and would use an allo...

Fire Drill

It was a less than fitting end to an otherwise successful day of race directing. The race was over; the last finisher had finished, and all the runners had been accounted for. So why was I standing in the dark with a par...

We Stand Alone, Together

There’s something strangely unifying about the shared commitment, struggle and triumph of the long run. For the veteran ultramarathon runner, this is well understood, if not implicit. We run and race together, in large p...

Ultrarunners’ Must- Read Short List

December’s bad weather and shortened daylight hours conspire to keep us indoors and off the trails. It’s a good time to pursue ultrarunning by other means – by reading about it. Here’s a short list of running books that...

Behind the Lens

Our readers often express their love of the photography in UltraRunning Magazine, and for many it is their favorite part. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many talented photographers share their work with the magaz...

Ultrarunners and Coaches: Finding the Perfect Match

Coaching for ultrarunners is no longer limited to elite athletes. A personal running coach will help you plan your race season, prepare a custom training plan and provide a third-party perspective on your strengths and w...

Coaching Methods in Ultrarunning: Contrasting Views

As ultrarunning has become more popular and more competitive, increasing numbers of runners are turning to coaches to help guide their training. Certainly, some runners simply wish to train by whim and feel, spending lon...

Our Favorite Things

Here at UltraRunning, we test a LOT of gear – our cumulative mileage in any calendar year is in the tens of thousands – which gives us plenty of opportunities to find what works. Since this is the season of giving, we...

Ultrarunning News from Around the Globe

In this month’s column, we bring you news from Europe and Asia from the Skyrunning Ultra and the Ultra Trail World Tour series. Ultra Pirineu The world Skyrunning Ultra series concluded its 2015 season in Spain at th...

Spartathalon: Interview with record-setting American Women

All the talk of this year’s Spartathlon focused on the two record-breaking performances by US women Katalin Nagy and Alyson Venti. Both women beat the old record of 26:53:40 while taking the top two podium spots and mark...

Should You Use a Coach?

It’s a common question today, one asked not just by elite athletes but by “everyday” runners as well. So, what’s the right answer? Truthfully, it all depends. Whether or not to work with a running coach is largely a p...

Ultra-Community

Why would I willingly participate in an activity that beats my body to the point that walking to the bathroom becomes nearly impossible? Why is it worth doing when it makes me shed toenails more often than a snake sheds...

What I Learned When I Ran My First Ultra Marathon

Let’s face it: marathons are so last year, right? And seriously, why should the fun stop at 42k? When you run somewhere, you just run somewhere, no matter how far it is. You just want to reach your destination, whatever...

Too Much of a Good Thing

I was at a race recently where I was holding down a spot at an aid station like I was a storefront Indian statue. I’d arrived about an hour or so in advance of my runner’s expected arrival time, as I knew he might be an...

Feature Races

Barkley Fall Classic

I stood under the jagged skyline of Frozen Head State Park, scanning the briars for signs of movement. I was at mile 18, and despite being four hours into the race nobody had passed through. The sounds of cracking bra...

Wasatch Front

I’ll be the first to admit that as a sponsored athlete and someone who counts on at least some income from coaching, book sales, speaking and other endeavors associated with ultrarunning, I appreciate races with a slick...

The Bear

I wanted a hard race. I got it: The Bear. This epically tough and stunning 100-mile course begins in Logan, Utah, and winds its way through the Bear River Mountains to finish on the shores of Bear Lake, just over the bor...

Kodiak 100

California’s San Bernardino Mountains don’t enjoy the prestige of the state’s spectacular Sierra Nevadas, and even in the Los Angeles area, they’re frequently overshadowed by the cross-town San Gabriels. However, this ra...

Race Reports

Arkansas Traveler

Cow bells, cheers, whoops and hollers rang throughout the forest as day blended into night. I sat in my camp chair checking off runners as they trotted in. If you’re a longtime ultrarunner, you may have heard rumor of th...

Burning Man

Burning Man is known for a few things: dust storms, art, nudity, radical self-expression, dance parties, wild costumes, creativity and in general, debauchery. Thankfully, the Burning Man Ultramarathon contained all of th...

Hawk Hundred

The Hawk Hundred, staged at Clinton State Park in the northeastern corner of Kansas, is likely to confound your notion of what a 100-mile race is like in a state that is supposed to be all flat prairie grassland. Pict...

Headwaters 50k

Mount Shasta is a magical place offering gorgeous views, delicious spring water and clean mountain air. That’s all fantastic, but the Headwaters Ultra trail race is the real reason I decided to move here. The 50k race...

Hennepin Hundred

"My God, It's Full of Stars." Those famous last words of astronaut David Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey echoed across rural northern Illinois on September 12-13, murmured by runners plunging into the nighttime porti...

Run Rabbit Run

There was a bit of a chill and a drizzle in the air on Friday morning at 8 a.m., September 18, as runners began the long, steep ascent up to Mount Werner in this year’s 4th Annual Run, Rabbit, Run 100 Mile Endurance Run...

Stagecoach

It’s a long, rough and dusty drive to the Boundary aid station. Simply ask any of the crewmembers or volunteers that traveled the 25 miles of dirt road to get there to assist runners. However, the ride is worth it. This...

Superior Fall

The Superior 100 Mile Trail Race has been aptly described as the “Superbowl of Midwest ultrarunning.” The point-to-point 100-mile trail race is paired with two of the most challenging and scenic 50-mile and 26.2-mile tra...

December 2015

Scott Breeden clawing his way to the top of a gnarly climb named Rat Jaw at the Barkley Fall Classic 50k in Tennessee. Breeden went on to win the race and set a new course record. Photo: Brandon Yonke