February 2020

Features

Growth is Good

In 2019, world records were broken by men and women, and iconic races had their courses smashed. Women commanded the headlines with major wins in both the U.S. and abroad – and the spotlight became a little brighter on t...

Winning Nutrition at Big's

For 60 hours, Maggie Guterl lined up ready to start a 4.166667-mile loop every hour. But what happened in those furious 9-12 minutes leading up to each start tells an incredible story of teamwork and some gold star skill...

Ones to Watch in 2020

2019 will always be remembered as one of the watershed years in our sport. New records and standards of performance were established at some of our most enduring events (Jim Walmsley’s course record at Western States) by...

The History of Backyard Ultras

On October 15, 2011, 32 runners assembled in my yard in Short Creek, Tennessee. Little did anyone suspect that they had showed up for the first running of a race that was about to go viral. It was our second year out on...

2019: The Year In Review

The votes are in: Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter have repeated as North American Ultrarunners of the Year. For Walmsley, it is the fourth straight year of this honor, matching Tom Johnson (1994-1997) as the only man...

Jim Walmsley

We caught up with Jim just as he was wrapping up the first of two workouts. With the Olympic Trials Marathon on the horizon, he’s entering a new training block that includes daily doubles. On this particular day, he elec...

Courtney Dauwalter

Courtney Dauwalter continues to embrace her journey in the sport of ultrarunning in her usual, humble nature. When we caught up with her, she expressed gratitude for being able to do what she does, and to those who suppo...

Jim Walmsley won the 2019 Western States Endurance Run in 14:09, beating his own previous course record of 14:30. Photo: Paul Nelson