Features

Attitude

Late last year, I was pacing the leader of a 100-mile race when we went off course at mile 75. I had joined her at mile 68 and she was naturally tired and feeling a lot of fatigue and pain, but she was still cruising in...

How to Approach Winter Months

Dear Ann, At this time of year, how did you go about planning your races and schedule for the upcoming year? Also, how did you approach these winter months? I’m getting stir crazy and want to be out there, racing long o...

Run Faster to Run Further

Ultrarunning is, by definition, running or racing for a distance further than 26.2 miles. There are a myriad of reasons why many of us gravitate towards a sport that celebrates endurance and being out on the trail for th...

An Experiment of One

I wrote about mileage in my October 2015 UltraRunning article (“Piles of Miles”), and it got me thinking about how ultra training is particularly specific to the individual and the target event. This applies much more so...

Ultrarunner Fueling

You’re running 50k, 100k or even 100 miles. You definitely need a fueling plan to give your body the necessary energy to reach the finish line. Proper nutrition and hydration are extremely important to an ultrarunner’s s...

UROY Superheroes

This year’s Ultrarunners of the Year (UROY) and Performances of the Year candidates are no different than in years past. They represent our fastest and toughest athletes in the sport: our superheroes. And like superheroe...

Faster

I had to give up keeping a running log years ago. I always loved my running logs; the columns of numbers were addictive. The problem was, running logs caused me to get injured. If I had a number in the box for yesterday,...

Early Season Training

It’s January, and old man winter is clawing at the doors and windows. Serious running may not be happening for a while, but now is a great time to make plans and commit to some goals. Are you dreaming of setting a PR...

Father and Son

The father had always been old school and a bit old-fashioned. He was a man who could easily handle both a stethoscope and a shotgun, his life shaped by time tending patients in emergency rooms in Roseville, California,...

The Science of Ultrarunning

This is the first in a series of articles on what happens to your body during an ultra, focusing on the sparse but growing scientific literature that exists. However, physiology is extremely individual dependent, so plea...

Get Better in 2016

Podiums, prizes and PRs are nice, and I was fortunate enough to win some races in 2015. Looking back, however, the most impactful and lasting moments of the year occurred when I used well-planned goals, hard work, intent...

Year in Review

It was fascinating to watch the voting unfold for the Ultrarunner of the Year. The men's field was incredibly crowded - no fewer than eleven men received a vote for first place, and it was pretty easy to make a plaus...

Interviews with the 2015 Ultrarunners of the Year

UROY Interview: David Laney At age 27 you are the youngest Ultrarunner of the Year ever, dating back to 1981, how does it feel to earn this distinction? So many guys have had a great year, I was really surprised to b...

Ultrarunning News from Around the Globe

In this month’s column we bring you news from a historic race in France, the last race of the grand slam in the UK and the final race of the Ultra Trail World Tour series. Les Templiers Millau, France was the setting...

Shoe Review

As running shoes continue to evolve, finding the “perfect shoe” can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, this also means runners have plenty of options when trying to match a shoe to their use. Whether it’s a racing...

Running Legwear Review

There’s a lot to be said for simple warmth. While many winter running bottom layers are engineered for compression, musculoskeletal support and a myriad of theoretic biomechanical advances, the primary goal of legwear fo...

What Makes a Champion?

Why do some people consistently excel while others fall by the wayside? What are the qualities that make a champion? It’s a question that’s been intensely examined throughout the ages, perhaps more so than any other topi...

Solo Hundo

I circled the high school track, loop after loop, hour after hour, mile after mile. For 100 miles, to be exact. It was July in southern Utah, where summer temperatures feel like you’re standing on the sun. The high was 1...

Shelf Life

The longer I’m in the sport of ultrarunning, the harder it seems to become, but the greater my understanding and appreciation are for what I was once able to do in terms of time and placing, training and recovery. My app...

Feature Races

Javelina Jundred

What draws so many of us to the Javelina Jundred 100-mile/100k trail race each year? For starters, McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona, hosts trails that are just the right blend of climbs and desc...

Canyon de Chelly

The Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “shay”) ultra is a 55k out-and-back trail run in northeastern Arizona. It was created by Shaun Martin, an accomplished Arizona runner from the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona,...

Tussey Mountainback

Pre-race rain is almost a staple at Tussey. A light drizzle brushed away the dark in the final minutes before the start and low clouds over the gold and red foliage created a misty venue. Then, like the dawn, a new histo...

Race Reports

Sierra Crest 50k

This year marked the inaugural running of the Sierra Crest 50k race between Truckee and Donner Summit, California. Connecting two different Nordic ski trail systems (Tahoe Donner and Auburn Ski Club), the race was a fund...

The Bear Chase

“You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.” That quote from The Rookie is a good one to reflect on when times get tough in an ultramarathon. Prior to this scene in the movie, Jim Morris, the a...

Blues Cruise

Blues Cruise is one of the most well-organized events I’ve ever run. The course is one giant loop; you don’t repeat any section of the trail, and there is a lot of variety both in terrain and scenery. Sometimes you’re de...

Door County Fall 50

The Door County Fall 50 celebrated its 10th year by hosting the 2015 USATF 50 Mile Road Championships for the second consecutive time. Despite windy, rainy conditions, a crowd of 87 runners completed the challenging 50-m...

Kansas Fall Ultra Extravaganza

The Kansas Fall Ultra Extravaganza served up three distances ranging from 50k to 100 miles along the rails-to-trails Prairie Spirit Trail course. While the race event management company, Epic Ultras, has offered various...

Mt. Taylor 50k

We knew we were moving to New Mexico in August. And as soon as we knew we were moving, we knew we were going to sign up for the Mt. Taylor 50K. With months of anticipation for the race before us, we occupied our time wit...

Rockin’ Rockwoods Ultra Run

“Man, that was brutal.” If I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times at the finish line of the 2015 Rockin’ Rockwoods 53k Ultra Run in Wildwood, Missouri. “You’re such a sadist for putting together that course,” another...

Surf the Murph

For the first time since the conception of this race, the course during Surf the Murph was wet, very wet. Usually the upper Midwest experiences dry weather during late October (Mother Nature usually uses autumn as prepar...

Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd

I’ll admit, the very name of the race – the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd – and the out-of-the-way setting near Tahlequah, Oaklahoma, had me intrigued. The race was maturing into its fifth year, so I assumed the Tulsa Area Trai...

Rio Del Lago

At 5 a.m., at Beal’s Point, Folsom Lake, it was 58 degrees, and very dark. The sky was crystal clear with a few stars and a very thin crescent moon. I was surprised at the high number of spectators hurrying to view the s...

January / February 2016

Men’s Ultrarunner of the Year David Laney of Ashland, Oregon, cruising to a win at the Chuckanut 50K in March. Photo: Glenn Tachiyama