Features

Time to Reflect

This time of year is generally recognized – with reverence and in hushed tones – as the time for looking back on the year and reflecting. But as ultrarunners, we are most often solely focused on what lies ahead – after a...

Concurrent Marathons and Ultras

Dear Ann, Last year, I earned my first Boston qualifier. That was shortly before I started ultrarunning, which has taken over my runner’s heart. I worked super hard to BQ, so I look forward to the Boston Marathon, bu...

Progressing for Next Season

At the end of the year, most of us back off training and allow for a little downtime and reflection, plus, family commitments are especially time consuming (and fun) during the holidays. It’s also lottery season for many...

Standing Up for Success

I’m willing to bet that many of you spend far more hours at a desk in front of a computer screen than you do on the trails. We rarely stop to think what effect all that sitting in a fixed position might have on our healt...

Delicious Recipes for Athletes

Food is fuel, and I love to eat. Being a dietitian specializing in sports nutrition has let me enjoy the best of both worlds: athletics and food. I’m constantly on the lookout for tasty resources that can help my clients...

Renewable Resources for Sustainable Ultrarunning

This October marked my third year as a mentor/counselor at the Team Red, White and Blue Trail Running Camp (more on the camp’s mission and organization can be found in this column, in the December 2015 issue). Unlike a l...

Living Life

In the September running of A Race For The Ages, some 28 runners aged 70 and up took the field. When the dust settled, 25 of them had amassed 100 or more miles. Moreover, the winner was 68, and five of the top 10 were ov...

License to Eat

What sets James Bond apart from other run-of-the-mill espionage types is his famous “license to kill.” While other spies fret over pulling the trigger, Bond blithely blows away lowlifes with his Walther PPK 7.65mm, or pr...

Digging into the FASTER Study

I’ve been trying to stay out of it, but I think it’s time to address the idea of low-carb (LCD) and ketogenic diets. Over the last several years, LCD and ketogenic (keto) diets have been all the rage among many ultra ath...

Why Skimo? Ask the Pros!

I got snowed on in August while running in Breckenridge, Colorado, and my mind flew immediately to a single focus: Skimo! I’m not that good at ski mountaineering, but man, do I love it. Skimo – short for ski mountaine...

The Ultimate in Ultras

It began, as these things often do, with a conversation with a friend during a run. For nearly a year, Jeffrey Conner had been planning a run of redemption at the Wasatch 100-miler. In 2015, the rocks, altitude and re...

Nowhere Near First and The Tao of Running

With the holidays fast approaching the books slated for review start piling up at a furious pace. As I write this, the stack that is on my desk is towering over me as precariously as a certain tower in Pisa. Amidst this...

The Definitive Primer on Fastest Known Times

In 2000 Peter Bakwin and I were going to set the record on the John Muir Trail. But we weren’t sure what the record was. No one was. This is hard to believe in the age of the Internet, where people all over the world...

FKT

Our Favorite Things

It’s our holiday custom to crowd-source gear recommendations from the entire UltraRunning Magazine team for our annual gift guide. This year, they were given the following guidelines: tell us your favorite new product, o...

Winter Western States

Traditionally the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is held on the last weekend of June, summertime in the Northern Hemisphere. The race is notorious for its brutally hot canyons at the midpoint and the dry dusty con...

The Pieces of the Puzzle

This morning, my alarm clock was an inconsiderate jerk. It rudely started squealing at 5:00 a.m. like a wailing newborn infant. My wife and I threw on our running clothes, then headed out the door. On the schedule today:...

Navigating the Road to Ultras

When I first started running ultras, I was looking to extend the joy I received from running the roads, but without the crush of the urban environment. I saw a photo on the office wall of the director of a sports care ce...

Feature Races

Rock Creek StumpJump

The StumpJump 50K, brainchild of Chattanooga ultrarunner Matt Sims, is held every year on the classic Southern trails of Signal Mountain, TN. The technical, rolling nature of this course fits with the typical East Coast...

Superior Fall Trail Races

As a Midwest expatriate on the West Coast, it didn’t take long to catch wind of the Superior 100 – a point-to-point ultramarathon, run entirely on the Superior Hiking Trail. I saw bits of it first-hand when crewing a fri...

Franklin Mountain

Rising 7,192 feet above sea level stands North Franklin Mountain. The Franklin Mountains, the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains, rise majestically above the city of El Paso, Texas. This unique landscape provides th...

Race Reports

Ultra Race of Champions

It was around mile 56 when I realized who was wearing the pants in this relationship. I was running a strong race – podium contention. Her race was stronger. Yes, her race. Now, this wasn’t my first time running an entir...

Angeles Crest

The 29th running of the Angeles Crest 100 had a course change to avoid Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness Area (PVRWA) due to new directives from the US Forest Service. The altered course, which avoids, was easier, with less...

The Bear

Driving across Utah’s Great Basin the day before the Bear 100, I had mixed feelings about the email notification I received about the race being rerouted. On one hand, I was a little bummed that we wouldn’t run the cl...

Burning Man Ultra

The 7th Burning Man Ultramarathon included the usual bizarre combination of dust, tutus, costumes, art, blinky lights, nudity and speed. The Burning Man Ultramarathon (aka The Black Rock City 50k) is an ultramarathon...

Wasatch Front

This year was the 37th annual Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, held each year on the Friday after Labor Day at the East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville, UT. This year, 334 runners started the race on Friday mo...

Hennepin Hundred

FLASHBACK TO THE HENNEPIN HUNDRED 2015: I flew out of the start in Sterling, IL, legs churning. I tore through aid stations as I built my lead, volunteers exploding in shouts and cheers. I fed off their energy. But t...

Cuyamaca

As a runner crossed the finish line of the Cuyamaca 100K long after dark, 16 hours into the race, his face gleamed with joy. Any time under 17 hours is a qualifying time for the Western States 100. He stayed to watch all...

TARC

The first three years of the TARC 100, held in Westwood, MA, featured a little bit of everything – torrential downpours and mud, heat and humidity, rocks and roots, fast times and long days on the trail. In what may be i...

December 2016

Ivy Lefabvre and David Wiskowski in the meadow below Molas Pass, at the Silverton Double Dirty 30. Lefabvre won the women’s Prime for being the first female finisher to reach aid 1 at 11,000-foot Molas Pass. Read the full race report at ultrarunning.com. Photo: Howie Stern