July 2022

Features

The Power of the Struggle

What makes the finish line of an ultramarathon so incredible? Ask any race director and they’ll probably tell you that everyone’s finish, from the victorious winners to the very last runners, pulls at the heartstrings wh...

News and Notes

New 48-Hour World Record Poland’s Patrycja Bereznowska set a new women’s 48-hour World Record with her performance at Poland’s UltraPark Weekend 48-Hour race on May 15. Bereznowska ran 403.320k (250.611 miles), becoming...

Strengthen Your Weakest Link

Many people stick to their comfort zone in training. There’s an understandable bias toward focusing on your strengths since it’s fun and satisfying. Who doesn’t want to perform with skill and expertise in their comfort z...

How Much Should You Race?

This month’s issue is filled with racing opportunities galore. Stories of the triumphant elite and gritty, everyday athletes combined with majestic imagery of our outdoor playground makes for a potent elixir intoxicating...

Advice from Veteran Ultrarunners

You’ve finally bitten the bullet and signed up for your first ultramarathon, managed to get the training in and survived your first taper. Welcome to race day. Below is advice from ultrarunning legends Tim Twietmeyer, Er...

Lightning Safety

Illustration by Liza Howard If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm,” you’re correct. And if you shouted the safety mantra, “When thunder roars, go indo...

20 Years of Rumblin’

Runners and their dirt-loving canines are all part of the Peterson Ridge Rumble experience in Sisters, Oregon. Paul Nelson It began on May 4, 2003. That was the date which started what has become my pe...

Encouraging Elite Women

Seven Sisters Trail Race female podium (L-R, Bonnie Lathrop in second, Colleen Chase in third and Carmen Bango in first). Rebecca_González-Kreisberg For the past several years, I have directed the Seven S...

Calories, Counterpace System & Strength Training

How do I ensure I eat sufficient calories for my needs? (@jmbarbit) There are numerous challenges to overcome as an ultrarunner and one of the greatest, at least from a nutritional perspective, is consuming enough calor...

Returning to Race

I am entered in eight races over eight weeks this summer, most of them in the Alps. Seeing how I entered almost no running races over the past five years, friends are commenting that this is a very ambitious schedule (wh...

Hallucinations

Howie Stern It was my first ultra that went all night – 24 hours on a quarter-mile track. Having heard all about the hallucinations that runners got during these long races, I was not surprised when I s...

Summer Apparel Review

Good summer apparel isn’t simply just lightweight. Fabrics need performance elements to keep you comfortable in high heat and extreme humidity. Luckily, we’ve tested a number of options to keep you cool for long miles un...

Glenn Tachiyama: The Trail Docent

Dave Melanson / Deception Pass 50K In a place where the vert is high and the pines are tall, it is best if one’s athletic memory is short. Ultrarunning in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, during a...

Two Grand Slams And A Fortuitous Friendship

Chuck Eidenschink answered the knock at the door of his Portland home while he was putting on a pair of overalls. It was January 2021 and Scott LaPlante was in the middle of planning out his summer as he was going to a...

Goosebumps

View from Gooseberry Mesa onto the Virgin River lowlands that comprise the middle miles of the Zion 100K. Before 2019 was fully in the rearview mirror, I had decided to step away from ultras for a year....

Geesler’s Floating Mattress

They always come when there’s no sleep. The simple ones. They start in the port-o-potties: everything pulsates – the exhaust pipe spins – the urinal thrusts forward. It’s 2013, and 54-year-old John Geesler is on the th...

Tango Anyone?

If you’ve ever wondered whether there’s an ultrarunning scene in South America, let me assure you there is — it’s wonderfully vibrant and full of life. Having just returned from racing in Argentin...

Ray Sanchez

Ray Sanchez was one of many Arrowhead participants who designed and built homemade sleds to carry required gear. Scott Rokis Age: 55 Where do you live currently? Folsom, CA Where did you grow up? I was...

Race Reports

Cocodona 250

Cocodona runners take off from the start line in Prescott, AZ, on their 250-mile journey. Howie Stern In Prescott, Arizona, 225 brave souls toed the line at the second edition of the Cocodona 250, wi...

Prairie Spirit Trail

Crouched just behind the finish line, I trained my camera on the next runner coming home. It was just after 11 a.m., an hour before cutoff, and the Golden Hour was already living up to its name. A group of volunteer...

Ozark Foothills

When the going gets tough, I run, and being a physician and mom during a pandemic has definitely been tough. However, my world turned upside down four months ago when my mother, a fierce and vibrant woman, suffe...

Loud Thunder

Michael Price approached the Riverview Aid Station during his half marathon at the Loud Thunder 50, something seemed amiss. For the first 8 miles of the race, he had thought only about his grand return to the aid stat...

Amidst the roaring energy of the finish line crowd, Stephen Park battles the 122-hour race cut off at the Cocodona 250 and makes it in with only minutes to spare. Howie Stern