Features

The Long View: The Power of Ultramarathons

We hadn’t attended the Western States lottery in a few years and I was not expecting the spectacle that was ahead of us that morning in the packed auditorium at Placer High School in Auburn, California. I knew it would b...

Winter Training

Dear Ann, I have a huge 100-mile race this summer, but it’s only January. What should I do this month – and in February and March, for that matter? It’s the dead of winter. I want to be doing the right things, but lot...

Too Much Tech?

Running is essentially a simple activity with a very low barrier to entry – a pair of running shoes and some athletic gear are all that’s required. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to improve, avoid injuries or get t...

What Not to Say to an Injured Ultrarunner

I’ve had my fair share of running injuries. I (un)fortunately feel rather like an expert on the subject – in fact, when a local run club asked me to come talk to their members, and I asked what they’d like me to talk abo...

The Ultrarunner’s Daily Diet for Healthy Living

Fueling isn’t just about what you eat right before and during an ultra. Fueling is a healthy way of life that should be practiced every day whether you run or not. Essentially, you are fueling your body daily to maintain...

On DNFs

Although there has been some debate about whether it’s correct to call them “words,” the Eskimo really do have 50 different words for “snow.” This only makes sense, as these Arctic natives live in a world of snow. It mak...

DNF

Don’t Forget to Thank the Volunteers

It’s virtually impossible to run a race and not hear someone say, “We couldn’t do this without our volunteers,” or “Don’t forget to thank the volunteers.” A race director might be the backbone of an ultra event, but the...

Ketones as Fuel

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces your body to become excellent at using fat for fuel. On the ketogenic diet, you have more ketones, which are derived from fats, in your blo...

Overtraining Syndrome: Digging Deep

My first experience with significant overtraining from running occurred during my two years of collegiate running for CU-Boulder. I was a decent, All-State high school runner in Colorado’s second largest school class, bu...

Running Man

Charlie Engle, by his own admission, is an addictive personality. His new memoir, Running Man, is a brutally honest and compulsively readable account of his years as an alcoholic and crack addict and how he managed to fi...

Spring 2017 Shoe Review

Most major brands are expanding their lineup of trail footwear for 2017 seeing the steady annual growth of trail and ultra-distance running in North America. Runners have a breadth of great options, and new sub-categorie...

Winter Jackets Reviewed

Winter running jackets present an eternal challenge for clothing designers. The primary objective is to balance two competing needs: enough insulation to keep you warm in frigid conditions, but enough ventilation to keep...

Three Keys to Success

I love ultrarunning on trails. It’s how I was raised. Adopted by a tawny, muscular and lean tribe, I grew up with long dirty miles and recovery drinks shaping my norm. When I met Scott Jurek after his first Western State...

Tennis in My Hokas

The bright yellow ball bounces weirdly, hangs in the air for a moment and then lurches toward my right side at an incomprehensible angle. I slash my racket arm down like I’m attacking a herd of fruit flies and then watch...

Zero Waste

In 2014, at the Bryce 100, race director Matt Gunn personally went through every scrap of garbage accumulated during the race. His goal was to embark on a brave new Zero Waste policy for all the races in the Grand Circle...

Year in Review

Two thousand and sixteen was another year of solid growth and increasing speed in our sport, a continuation of trends that was surely apparent to all participants. But under that umbrella were many ironies and surprises...

Interviews with the 2016 Ultrarunners of the Year

Kaci Lickteig, Women’s Ultrarunner of the Year: 2016 UR: Congratulations on a fantastic year of ultra-racing, how does it feel to be Ultrarunner of the Year? To be named Ultrarunner of the Year, is such an honor an...

Numbers Lie

The popularity of ultrarunning is growing. That much we know. Just read this issue and you’ll see that fact reflected in the numbers. There were more finishers of ultras in 2016 than in any prior year. We have good stats...

Trail Feast

My wife’s idea of a perfect vacation is to find a spot on a beach to inhabit and soak up the sun for the weekend. I can take about an hour of that before I start to go stir crazy. My idea of a perfect vacation involves e...

A New Trail

After more than six years consistently training for and running ultras and 10 years of long distance running, I find myself on a completely new trail. I am much less comfortable on this trail than I have been on any othe...

Running vs Training

I knew from the onset that I shouldn’t be there, that I wasn’t truly trained or fit enough for the task at hand. But a combination of hubris and old age had me toeing the line. I had flown into what some of us jokingly r...

Feature Races

Javelina Jundred

It’s a running community reunion like no other. A sea of over 300 tents popped up at the Javelina Jeadquarters by Friday afternoon, the day before the race. The temporary city was alive with excitement for a weekend fill...

Run Rabbit Run

The Run, Rabbit, Run 50 and 100 Mile Endurance Runs, presented by Altra, in addition to attracting some of our best established ultrarunners (Geoff Roes, Timmy Olsen, Nikki Kimball, Rob Krar, Emma Roca, Karl Meltzer, Liz...

Georgia Sky to Summit

“Just the name of that race sounds intimidating,” a friend said to me about the Sky to Summit 50K. Those words kept coming into my head as I trained, along with how names and labels affect our perception and maybe even o...

Eldrith Gosney’s Pure Ultra

Eldrith Gosney is a living legend in the Bay Area ultra community. At 75, she has been running longer than almost everyone in most races has been alive! No one knows how many races Eldrith has participated in her lifetim...

Heartland

The day began in the dark, in the middle of a paved county road, on the outskirts of the tiny railroad town of Cassoday, KS. After a quick countdown and the command, “Go,” the field of 59 runners shuttled away under a br...

Race Reports

Chicago Lakefront

“Wow, what a race!” Camille Shiflett, women’s 50k winner and new course record holder at the Chicago Lakefront 50K, summed up an amazing race in an amazing week of Chicago history. In its new location, the Chicago...

Mt. Taylor

I arrived with 15 minutes to spare before the race, so I began stretching. The air was fresh from the rain hours before. There was just a glow on the horizon. I was feeling a mix of fear, anger, sadness and happiness. Fe...

Rockin’ Rockwoods Ultra Run

The night before the Rockin’ Rockwoods 20/53K was a wonderful start to what would turn into one of my best race weekends. To meet renowned ultrarunner Krissy Moehl at a book signing that coincided with packet pickup, hel...

Sierra Crest

The 2016 Sierra Crest 50k/30k, stretching between Truckee and Donner Summit, CA, was a huge success. Minor tweaks to the course allowed race organizers to showcase more of Auburn Ski Club Training Center’s great trails a...

Surf the Murph

Pink was a popular color at this year’s running of Surf the Murph, as the race was dedicated to raising awareness and funds for fighting cancer. The Pink Panther (aka race director Les Martisko), complete with his pink e...

Tussey Mountainback

Put a gaggle of enthused runners at the starting line of a forest ultramarathon, and it’s almost a sure thing that there’ll be serious adventures, good conversations and a few surprises. That’s what happened at the 2016...

Twin Peaks 50

Twin Peaks isn’t named after a pair of mountains, but rather for the highest point in Orange County, CA, which is scaled twice during the 50-mile race. At 5,689 feet, Santiago Peak is no easy climb, especially when your...

Ultra Trail Gobi

The Ultra-Trail Gobi (UTG) race promised that I would run on the flat and in the mountains, cross sandy and rocky deserts, wade across crystal-clear rivers, traverse dry riverbeds and salt flats and travel through amazin...

January/February 2017

The ever-floating Jim Walmsley takes a moment to smile as he approaches the tape at the JFK 50-miler on November 19. Walmsley broke Max King’s course record by 13 minutes in the oldest ultra in North America. Photo: Geoff Baker.