Features

Longevity in the Sport

Let’s face it, ultrarunning is a really difficult activity. It requires a huge time and lifestyle commitment. But many people are attracted, like moths to flame, to the opportunity to do something epic. And often once th...

Weight and Resistance Training

Dear Ann: It seems like weight or resistance training helps ultrarunners – the studies and reports really encourage it. But I have never done that sort of training and don’t know where to begin. What do you think are...

How to Tap Into Your Potential

Many factors contribute to successful ultra finishes aside from pure physical fitness. Very often the weakest link in a race is the mind, not the body, so there are big potential gains for many runners. Below I’ll examin...

The Joy of the Ultra Community

Sometimes it’s worth sitting back and reflecting on what a wonderful community we are lucky to be a part of. If you’ve already been running trails and ultras for many years then you might be easily nodding your head in a...

Ten Common Race Day Mistakes

The race is about to start and you are ready to run for miles and miles on end. You’ve been training for months to get to this point. Don’t ruin your race by skimping on one of the most important aspects: fuel and fluid....

Dress for Success: The Basics

When you dress for success in business, it is all about appearance and image. Looking the part is half the battle. When you dress for success in ultrarunning, image and appearance mean virtually squat. Clothes do not mak...

Choose Your Parents Wisely

Nature or nurture? Genetics or environment? These two competing factors control everything from our likelihood to develop a specific disease, to our sprinting versus endurance athletic ability. Studies shed insight on th...

Hill Training for Flatlanders

Some topics are covered often in ultra literature because they’re particularly relevant, and this is one of them: “How do I prepare for a mountainous ultra if I don’t live in the mountains? Is that even possible?” It’s o...

Failing Spectacularly: Golden Ticket Races Provide Bob Shebest a Silver Lining

Bob Shebest will be the first to tell you that he’s always on the lookout for inspirational quotes to help fuel his training and racing…and his life. Yet there is more to Shebest’s appreciation of memorable lines than...

Running the Long Path

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult liv...

From Desperation to Salvation

The ultrarunning community is fierce. Taking steps beyond 26.2 miles requires an elusive, constantly changing formula that is equal parts tenacity, preparation, suffering, and support. The relentless ferocity of runners...

Celebrate the Accomplishment

All too often we finish a race, the sweat on our brow hasn’t had a chance to dry and someone asks “So, what’s next?” Ultrarunners are goal-oriented people and it’s not uncommon to have the entire year of races planned. E...

Shaking It Out With Topher Gaylord

Topher Gaylord, a 47-year-old California native, began ultrarunning in the 1990s and has competed for the podium at virtually every distance – from 50k to 100 miles. His racing career is highlighted by a second-place fin...

Summer Running Apparel Review

Good summer apparel is inherently deceptive, as the best lightweight garments and simplest designs are usually rooted in high-tech fabrics or construction elements. We’ve tested a handful of summer kits for men and women...

UltraRunning Race Series: The Year in Review

Clare Gallagher and Brian Rusiecki have won the UltraRunning Race Series Overall Ranking for the 2016-2017 season. The Series applied a formula to score every ultra finisher at every ultra race in the 12 months ending Ap...

How to Run in an Inferno

Heat is the runner’s enemy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to mitigate the ill effects of hot weather and maintain consistent performances even as temperatures rise. Think of running in hot conditi...

When Race Expectations Collide With Reality

As I’m writing this article, I will be starting a 100-mile race in less than 24 hours. I am not a stranger to this beast called the Zion 100 with whom I have a brunch date scheduled tomorrow. I’ve run the race many times...

Drop Bag Redux

Being the self-stated curmudgeon that I am, let me state this from the onset as strongly as possible: I love the sport of ultrarunning and marvel at the mindset and determination of trail runners/racers, and I get immeas...

Feature Races

Barkley Marathons

Uncertainty is, perhaps, the cruelest foe of all. The race was slated to begin in the dark, at 0142 hours. Mere minutes into the race, the field entered a netherworld in which the choices were pitch black without a li...

Georgia Death Race

The Georgia Death Race doesn’t take long to get real. And when it does, it’s relentless. After starting the day with a four-mile, 3,000-foot ascent from Vogel State Park to the top of Coosa Bald, the runners make an inno...

The Canyons

The Canyons Endurance Runs take place on the historic Western States Trail near Foresthill, and I’ll tell you a secret: April is the best time of year to run here. Part of Race Director Chaz Sheya’s vision for the eve...

FlatRock

This grueling 101k has been around for five years and this was my third time running it. I knew what I was getting myself into as I toed the line race morning and said a prayer for the FlatRock virgins. It is a very tech...

Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma 50 has evolved into the most competitive ultra of the spring and this year’s race continued the trend. The women’s field was packed with talent – one of the deepest fields in memory. The men’s field didn’t di...

Umstead Endurance Run

I heard owls, saw deer, felt the hot sun and the cool wind. I ate freshly cooked burgers, drank soda, downed gels and exchanged southern smiles and high-fives with familiar strangers and old friends. I also hallucinated...

Race Reports

Marin Ultra Challenge

Driving into the Marin Headlands for the Marin Ultra Challenge at 5 a.m. I could see a long line of headlights in my car mirror, and the excitement began to build. At the starting line all the other runners looked so org...

C&O Canal 100

With April of 2017 being the warmest on record in Central Maryland, it came as no surprise that the weather for this year’s C&O Canal 100 was going to be warm. The mercury stayed below the forecast high of 90 degrees at...

Lake Martin

I never cease to be amazed and inspired by our runners, whether it’s at the Lake Martin 100, The Endless Mile or our newest race, the Blood Rock 100. Over the five years of Lake Martin races we have had some amazing acco...

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks Ultra drew a large crowd for the event hosted in the shadow of the La Sal Mountains. This event is unlike any other in Moab. Runners are invited to camp at the start/finish line leading up to the race an...

Big Turtle 50-Miler

The inaugural Big Turtle 50-Miler (BT50) and Marathon took place in Morehead, KY on a deceptively warm and overcast April day. It was, and remains, the hottest day of the year to date. An eerily quiet group of runners li...

Prairie Spirit

Why Prairie Spirit 100? Because it fell on March 25, my 47th birthday. This was my third attempt at 100 miles. I wanted to prove that “I’ve still got it” on my birthday. Why couldn’t I have a normal mid-life crisis like...

Zumbro

“No network found,” said the little message at the top of the phone. Although normally a frustrating notification to get, today, Thursday, April 6, it was a happy beacon: the sign for “Zumbro River Bottoms Management Uni...

Grayson Highlands

I looked at the three women huddled next to me at the start, all below-sea-level-landers, from Louisiana, where crawfish, Jazz Fest, and 85 degrees is the standard for May. We were wearing rain jackets with hoods tied ti...

July 2017

Yitka Winn shows some excitement at Elowah Falls around mile 49 in the Gorge Waterfalls 100K. Photo: Glenn Tachiyama