Features

UR Profile: Adrian Crane, Adventurer and Ultrarunner

“Get out and try it,” suggests Adrian Crane, and this originally British and now Californian ultrarunner has certainly taken his own advice. Both the put-your-life-at-risk Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Classic and the c...

The 1989 TAC Convention: Ultrarunning Highlights

The 11th annual convention of TAC/ USA was held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27 - Dec. 2,1989. The convention was attended by nearly 1,000 athletes, administrators, coaches, delegates, and media representatives. The Ultraru...

From the South: Trading Places With Your Handler

There is little doubt (at least in my mind) that no greater experience is available in ultrarunning than the road multi-day. The intrinsic appeal of long point-to-point courses is undeniable. As solo runs, they capture d...

"Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional"

That’s not only a great quote apropos long-distance running, but also a terrific philosophy for life in general. Ultrarunners seem to epitomize this philosophy with their ability to push their bodies through barriers of...

Knowing When to Fold

There have been numerous experiences in my life that have been beneficial to my development as an individual. Many of die experiences I have had are a result of my quest for fitness and, more specifically, my love of run...

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From The Big Apple: Rest

There are moments when the fatigue and pain are just too much, moments when you know you have to quit, moments when you can’t think a positive thought, moments you’re ten times more tired than possible. It is time to res...

It's OK Not To Run For Time

I’ve observed watch-conscious runners knock off their own visor, caused by the vigorous lifting of a bent elbow, while agonizing over a wrist-laden time gauge. In over 25 years of trail running, I’ve had this type-A z...

The Economic Impact of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile

Race committees and race directors put in a great amount of time organizing races in order that we, the runners, can attempt very difficult events such as a 100-mile race. In some cases, the communities where the race ta...

Dear Ultrarunning

To the Editors: In response to your enthusiastic endorsement of Thomas Moore’s book Heart Failure, I would like to present an opposing viewpoint. The following is a summary released by the National Heart, Lung and Blo...

Ultrarunners of the Year: Ann Trason and Sean Crom

There were no surprises on the women’s side, as Ann Trason was the unanimous choice for the second year in a row. Our panel evidently values diversity, as Nevada’s Sean Crom was a unanimous choice as well. Scoring is...

Race Reports

Edmund Fitzgerald 100 Km U.S. Championships

As the 1980s began the U.S. showed great promise in the middle distance ultras (50 miles to 100 km). A number of top-notch talents were displayed at such first-rate events as Lake Waramaug and the AMJA. Although the U.S....

Dallas Ultrarunners 24/48 Hour: Brian Purcell Outlasts Scott Demaree To Set 48-Hour Mark

Fair skies and moderate temperatures greeted the 29 starters for the sixth Dallas Ultrarunners 24/48 Hour. While weather conditions were less than ideal (25+ mph winds and bright sun), this was an improvement over the po...

Edgewater 12 Hour

Fourteen degrees and no wind at the 6:30 a.m. start greeted the 16 entrants for the first ultra ever to be held in Cleveland. The loop is a combination of sandy beach, dirt trail, and asphalt all-purpose trail. Clear, su...

Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour (Seattle)

Although only seven runners presented themselves at the starting line of the decaying Sealth High School track, they were treated to some of that extraordinary benevolence the SCMT bestows on its runners. Tom Ripley and...

San Juan Trail 50 Km

The Cleveland National Forest is usually a peaceful place to camp, but on Friday night, November 10,1 might as well have been camped on an airport runway. A helicopter circled my tent every few minutes from 1:00 a.m. unt...

JFK 50 Mile, 50.2 mi

“I’ve never seen as exciting a race 100 yards from the finish,” exclaimed race director Buzz Sawyer about the women’s finish at the 27th JFK 50 Mile. Colorado’s Randi Bromka had led all the way since the start, despit...

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Pine Mountain Trail Run, 46.2 mi

The Pine Mountain Trail, in its ninth running attracted a stellar field. David Horton prevailed for the win, but had to stave off an attack from the Ranger Battalion from Columbus, Georgia. Ranger (that’s as in Danger Ra...

Sierra Nevada Endurance Run, 52.4 mi

Three years ago, after a short conversa tion with other ultrarunners, I got interested in promoting an ultra around Folsom Lake. After weeks of discussing possible routes and crew access points, we decided on a self-supp...

Firetrails Fifty, 50 mi

The great San Francisco earthquake of 1989 did not dampen the spirits of 35 hearty ultrarunners as they showed up just four days following the quake to participate in the Firetrails Fifty in Oakland. Following discussion...

Quadruple Dipsea, 28.4 mi

The Seventh Annual Quadruple Dipsea was run under the most difficult conditions I have ever encountered or been associated with: cold rain, high winds (especially on the exposed upper ridges of Cardiac Hill), all compoun...

Race Results

January / February 1990

Forty km done, sixty to go - Charlie Trayer is on his way to winning the Edmund Fitzgerald U.S. 100 Km Championship. (Photo: Scott Schneider)