Features

Fate or Destiny?

When I was facing a huge life decision, my mom encouraged me to choose my destiny over my fate. I really didn’t know what she was talking about and when I looked the words up in the dictionary they were basically synonym...

Tapering, Music and Alcohol

Dear Ann, I have done the training, and I’m ready for my big ultra race this summer—but first I have to get through my taper, and it is stressing me out. What do you advise? What was a key for your tapering back in the...

Your Optimal Race Weight

Our weight can affect our running performance, and every person has an ideal racing weight. If one holds too much weight, they risk running at a slower pace. If not enough weight is present, the person risks potential in...

Training for an Ultra on a Busy Schedule

Time… wouldn’t we all love to have more of it? This can be particularly true when we have a full time job, family and social commitments and we decide to sign up for an ultra. We can start questioning whether signing up...

Downhill Training

As the snows start melting, many of us start looking forward to mountain races. Since one of the key skills for these events is the ability to run downhill efficiently and strongly, at this time of year it’s important to...

The Efficiency Factor in Running

High-performance runners are typically very efficient. One can observe this just by watching them run: there is no apparent wasted energy. They look very graceful. Their efficiency can actually be determined in a physiol...

The Boring Ultrarunner

Are you a boring ultrarunner? It’s not that hard to figure out. When people find out that you are one of those “ultramarathoners,” and let’s be honest, they’re going to find that out pretty quickly, the natural next ques...

Longevity and Ultra Racing

These days, it’s in vogue to televise vintage sporting events, and while at my favorite watering hole recently, a classic was on the screen. The 1988 NBA All-Star game was memorable, not for the action, but for the playe...

Make Your Run a Reunion

One benefit of the ultrarunning boom of the past 10 years is that there are now a plethora of ultras to choose from spread across the calendar and all over the country. You can pick just about anywhere you want to travel...

The Top Hydration Packs for 2015

In the two years since our previous hydration pack review, some things in the industry have changed, while others remain the same. Fortunately, both of these are good news for ultrarunners. Distinct new categories hav...

Momentum Builds for the Comrades Marathon

In North American ultrarunning, the Western States Endurance Run reigns supreme. In Europe, the focus of many ultrarunners lies squarely on the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. But in South Africa, the Comrades Marathon has th...

Low-Tech Hydration

The gear review in this issue of UltraRunning is dedicated to the latest innovations in hydration, so I thought I’d take a contrarian approach and share with you what is perhaps the worst design in the world for dispensi...

Ultrarunner Profile: Bill Clements

It was Easter Sunday in March 2008, and he was unable to fit into the restaurant booth at a family gathering. Bill Clements was nearly 30 years old, and this was his wakeup call. He had always enjoyed being in nature and...

Crewing Basics: Not All Fun and Games

If you are not a runner yourself, but have crewed for an ultrarunner, you probably have no trouble remembering your first time. It is pretty unforgettable. You likely felt like a fish out of water. At the very least, you...

Six Inches Versus 100 Miles

It’s universally understood that there’s nothing easy about running and racing ultra distances of 31 to 100-plus miles, and that there are lots of components necessary for the successful completion of the task. Weather,...

Feature Races

Antelope Canyon 100

As runners sift through the sandy banks surrounding Page, AZ, their eyes are greeted with the warmth of a deep history. Navigating two of the most photographed natural spectacles in the desert Southwest, the Antelope Can...

Holiday Lake 50k

There are six races in the Beast Series. The easiest one is the Holiday Lake 50K (HL). It has just over 2,100 feet of elevation gain with a variety of surfaces (single-track trail, forest service roads and 1.4 miles of p...

Way Too Cool

For many runners, the first Saturday of March in Cool, CA, is the kickoff to the spring running season – the beginning of feeling faster and running more consistently. For many others, it holds the excitement of their fi...

Race Reports

Chuckanut

Runners need water and water comes from rain. While we might not always love the idea of spending hours in the rain, rain is what makes the Pacific Northwest the beautiful place it is. The forest is there because of the...

Arrowhead 135

Lucky racers on foot in the Arrowhead 135 were treated to the most civilized weather conditions in the 11-year history of the 135 mile event. International Falls, MN, is often referred to as “Frostbite Falls” because of...

Bandit Ultra Trail Run

For a small town homegrown race, the Bandit 50K had many talented men and women this year from all over the world taking on this beastly tough 50k. Southern California is currently in a drought, but unexpected showers th...

Beast of Burden–Winter

Western New York is notorious for a number of things: chicken wings, our inability to bring a championship home in football or hockey and, especially, our winter weather. However, it is not typically thought of as a bast...

Caumsett

The past season was the “winter of our discontent” on Long Island and in the rest of the Northeast, but neither packed snowbanks, nor the snowstorm that hit Caumsett State Park late on the morning of March 1st could in a...

The Georgia Death Race

“He was lookin’ for a race with zeal I was in a bind cause I got way behind Hiking hamstring to heel When he came across this young(ish) man Running through puddles and hiking a lot And the Devil jumped upon Duncan...

Iron Horse Endurance Runs

Another successful Iron Horse race has been completed, with 320 burgers, 250 brats and nine cases of beer consumed by the end. One hundred forty eight runners toed the line at 7 a.m. on Feb 7. Temperatures were in the hi...

Marin Ultra Challenge

Inside Trail Racing’s Marin Ultra Challenge (MUC) is quickly coming into its own as a marquee event in the Northern California trail racing scene. ITR’s Tim “Mastermind” Stahler and his minions have tapped into the heart...

Thomas Jefferson 100k

The second Annual Thomas Jefferson 100K, held at Walnut Creek Park outside Charlottesville, VA, was a great success. Following up on a sunny inaugural year, this year’s event was muddy and rainy. Nonetheless, the runners...

Ceven’trail

Keep moving; don’t stop. Keep moving! Was I really telling myself this just 20k into a 58k race? Not much further—keep grinding. I was nearing the high point of the course and it wasn’t a meek route to the summit: I had...

Fuego y Agua

Fuego y Agua 2015 was the sixth year for the 50k and 100k trail races on the volcanic Isla de Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. It was also the third year for the 30-hour Survival Run, a hybrid ultramarathon race with added phy...

May / June 2015

Antelope Canyon runners float above the course while taking in the stunning beauty of the canyons. Photo: Jack Jewell