July / August 2004

Features

Chatter

At first glance, there does not seem to be a lot in common between ultrarunning and the military. But on further inspection, there is more in common than meets they eye. Both reguire focus, discipline, and structure, as...

More Questions and Answers about Racing Ultras

In this month’s column we’ll review several questions that both new and veteran ultrarunners have asked about competing in races. The tips given and discussion points covered should apply to most runners. Keep...

Body Basics: Blisters

For many runners, blisters drain energy, cause severe pain, and sometimes stop an ultrarunner in his or her tracks. In fact, blisters are one of the most common reasons people drop out of long distance...

Women's View: The Grand Canyon

No matter what you have been told, read in a book, or even seen in pictures, nothing truly prepares you for the experience when you stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon for the first time. The Grand Canyo...

The Grand Canyon and the Ultrarunner

The “Big Ditch,” as locals call it, has a special allure to ultrarunners. It looks upon first viewing far more formidable than a mountain peak, and rightly so: what goes down must come up. Ever run a 50-miler with a 6,00...

Race Reports

Miwok 100 Km

Imagine that Alice in Wonderland is an ultrarunner and finds a small pillbox inscribed, “Take me and you will dream the perfect ultra.” Inside is a pill, light blue and speckled like a robin’s egg. Alic...

Silver State 50 Mile and 50 Km

In the days leading up to the Silver State 50/50 on May 15 in Reno, Nevada, entrants heaved a collective sigh of relief. Unlike 2003, when runners had to negotiate nearly 10 miles of snow, a below- average winter snowp...

Quicksilver 50 Mile and 50 Km

Runners at the twentieth running of the Mike Popolizio Quicksilver 50 Mile and 50 Km experienced near perfect running conditions. Mild temperatures and sunny skies contributed to good times and an enjoy...

Strolling Jim 40 Mile

May 1 turned out to be a perfect day for the 75 runners in attendance at the 26th running of the Strolling Jim 40 (actually 41.2 miles). In store for the field was the usual lush green mixture of woods and farmlands that...

Race Results

The start of the Ice Age 50. Photo by David O'Brien