July 2021

Features

There's a Feeling in the Air

Maybe it’s the apprehension of the start line or the exhilaration of the finish line. Or maybe, it’s the heartwarming feeling of reuniting with the ultrarunning community. But there’s definitely a feeling...

News and Notes

Tragedy in China Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the 21 ultrarunners who died during the Yellow River Stone Forest Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon 100k in the Gansu Province in China on May 22. A...

Keeping It Simple

Running is a basic activity, even when you add in technical trails and gear. However, I see a lot of runners struggling when they add more than necessary. Technology was designed to make things...

How to Plan Your Return to Racing

If we’ve seen anything from the spring this year, it’s clear that races are returning. Runners are waiting and race directors are busy making all manners of virtual race briefings, socially distanced check-ins and con...

Your First Ultra

It’s finally here. Hours of training and miles on the trails have prepared you for your first foray into an ultramarathon. Before toeing the start line, there are many things to consider that can help make your first...

Understanding Training Load

Back when I started running, I learned that miles were king. They were essentially the end-all be-all for tracking training even when we were guessing sans GPS watches. Measuring vertical gain? Forget about it....

Loopy Recollections

“Excuse me, can you tell me what this event is?”  I’ve been asked this question a few times by innocent but curious people who’ve stopped briefly along courses with a few extra minutes to spare. “We’re basicall...

COVID-19 & Races: What Have We Learned?

Over the last year and a half, we have seen approximately an 11-fold decrease (Scheer, 2021) in participation at endurance running events despite an estimated chance of less than 1-2 per millio...

Summer Apparel Review

Good summer apparel isn’t simply lightweight. The fabric needs performance elements to keep you comfortable in high heat and humidity. That’s why we’ve tested a number of options to k...

Persistence On The Pinhoti Trail

Dream lens media Sitting in a worn camp chair in the early morning light of northern Georgia, Coree Woltering looked like he was sleeping with his eyes open. His 50-yard stare would have any...

A Ticket, A Trail & A Dream

Emily Hawgood crosses the finish line of the Canyons 100K holding the flag of Zimbabwe, her native country. Scott Rokis Emily Hawgood has felt an intimate connection with a race, a trail and the racin...

Leave Your Mark

Cory and Matt Gunn at the Zion 100 finish line. Cory Reese Panic had set in. It was the middle of the night at the inaugural Zion 100 and the only thing we could see by the light of our headlamps...

Bucklemania

“What should we give the guy?” It was a question on a lot of people’s minds. The year was 1974 and Gordy Ainsleigh had just completed a grueling 100-mile horse race called the Tevis Cup. The only differ...

Larapinta Awakening

Returning to my house after six weeks of being away, and having been in this little bubble of a residence for 13 months, was equally exciting, terrifying and understandably, felt unfamiliar. Especially...

Eric Senseman

Pranalens/Ali Rogers Age: 32 Where do you live currently? Flagstaff, Arizona Where did you grow up? St. Louis, Missouri Occupation: manager and co...

The Team Makes the Ultra

L-R: Billy Yang, Naomi Lee, runner Soon-Chul Choi, Jenny Perez Alvarez and Sarah at the Cocodona 250. Naomi Lee We reached the aid station after midnight and a rented deluxe SUV had been prep...

Feature Races

Cocodona 250

Witt Wisebram enjoys the standout boulders of the Granite Dells at mile 84. This area changes rapidly into a cow pasture which runners follow for the next 20 miles. Eliza Earle Of all the moments in a ra...

Jackpot Ultra Running Festival

Las Vegas locals (L to R) Beth Christensen, Jennifer Gatti and Ana Brooke keep smiles on their faces while conquering the 48-hour event (Christensen) and 72-hour (Gatti and Brooke). Kevin Youngblood This y...

Canyons 100k

(L to R) Noah Brautigam, Anthony Costales and Max King approach mile 10 at daybreak as they climb out of Mammoth Bar aid station on the newly modified Canyons 100K course. Lacy Wittman Arguably the most co...

Heartland 50

Torrey Wilson (left) and Tyler Scheidt take on a long ribbon of the Heartland course. John Knepper / Mile 90 Photography “When we learn to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the b...

Joan Hellman crosses through a 5-foot corrugated pipe culvert at mile 109 of the Cocodona 250 in Arizona. Photo: Scott Rokis