Features

The Gateway Drug

If you’re an ultramarathoner, chances are that you started with a marathon. An informal survey of ultarunning friends reveals that most of them did at least one marathon before moving up to ultras. Going 26 miles seems t...

Never Too Young (or Old) to Run Ultras

Dear Ann, I’m 22 years old and I ran cross country in high school but have gotten away from it because I didn’t like the intensity required to compete at that level. Maybe I’m just not that fast – it took a total commit...

Training on the Course

An old adage at Western States 100 is that familiarity with the course can shave off hours from your finish time. There are many reasons why this can help you to prepare better, both physically and mentally, thanks to kn...

How to Tackle the Big Dance

For more experienced veterans of our sport a local 50k might seem like a walk in the park and something they could knock off without much prior planning and specific training, but for the majority of us taking part in an...

Energy Chews Review

You’re running and running and running and it’s time for that extra energy boost. If you enjoy a gummy product (like I do), chews are the choice for you. I’m a fan of the chews because I feel like I’m eating candy that’s...

RUNNING WISE Back of the Pack Is Still in the Pack

Running at the back of the pack in an ultra is like being way behind in a yacht race. You may not be winning the race, but hey, you’re still sailing around in a yacht. If you’re healthy enough and lucky enough to be doin...

Naturally High

(Author’s note: Note this is not an endorsement for the use of illicit and illegal drugs in any way, shape or form.) In recent years publications such as the The Wall Street Journal and the The Guardian  have publishe...

On Elk and Ultrarunning

After thousands of hours of hammering the trails through my beloved Colorado Rockies with my head down and vision marred by sweat, I realized last fall that it was time for a shift. Time to connect more fully with nature...

73: Just Another Number on a 100-mile Western States Journey

With each passing year, it’s a race we know we shouldn’t be running.  But often, against our better judgment, knowing full well the runner we were last year, or 10 years ago, or 20 years ago could be far different fro...

The Way of the Runner

Adharanand Finn has a dream job. In 2012 he traveled to Kenya and spent six months immersed in the running culture there trying to uncover the secrets of what makes the Kenyans the fastest runners on earth. The book he w...

A Handy Guide to Blowing Up in Epic Fashion

It’s no doubt that you are aware of the latest fad that seems to be sweeping the world of ultramarathon. You’ve probably heard about the legendary athletes of our time and how they are able to go from podium finishes to...

Maintaining the Spark

The desire to know the unknown is a huge motivator. I like this sentence from my book Running Your First Ultra (page 34) because it captures what initially motivates runners to sign up for a race, train for and attemp...

My First Attempt at 100 Miles

Arriving in Houston, Texas, a little more than a day before the race, I was hopeful. The hotel was charming and very hospitable. The weather was unseasonable cool but ideal for racing. The town square of Sugar Land prove...

Hydration Packs Review

Whether you’re logging long miles between aid stations or long hours between trailheads, hydration packs are your weapon of self-reliance; there’s enough space for all the fluid, gear and supplies you need to cover the d...

Running Timed Ultras on Loop Courses

I enjoy reading about the many trail ultras featured in UltraRunning Magazine, and seeing their picturesque vistas. But, I also know that I’m not mentally geared for some of the challenging aspects of trail ultras. Admit...

The Views Have to Be Earned

Not too long ago, my family and I took a trip to Disney World. If eating five theme park churros in one day is wrong, I don’t want to be right. While I enjoy whiplash-inducing roller coasters and outrageously priced chur...

Find Your Pace

Long distance runners are getting faster – and slower. For instance, in 1969 the world record for the marathon stood at 2:08:33. Today it’s down to 2:02:57. But the average marathon finishing time in 1969 was 3:29, while...

In Your Time(s) of Need

In an April 2009 issue of the magazine Runners World, there was an article titled “Flight of the Bumble Bee” where I was referenced in the story and deemed the “Patron Saint of Pacers.” I’d given some advice to a woman w...

Feature Races

Orcas Island

This year was my second attempt at the Orcas Island 100 Miler. It consists of four 25-mile loops along trails that sparkle with Earth’s resplendence. It is also relentlessly steep, with around 26,000 feet of climb. On...

FOURmidable

I’m always leery of races that have words like “sky,” “hell and back,” “cloud’s rest,” “death,” or in this case, “FOURmidable” in their names. It’s like saying, “This race is going to be so hard we want to scare you away...

Black Canyon Trail

When I got on the Black Canyon 100K website the day before the race, I was just planning to review the course profile and just generally get mentally ready for the race. What I discovered was that the race course was bei...

Lone Star

Recently, I ran the inaugural Lone Star 100-mile race, put on by Rob and Rachel Goyen of Trail Racing Over Texas (TROT). The race advertised 20,000 feet of vertical gain, with a cutoff time of 36 hours, through the unfor...

Race Reports

Southern Tour Ultra

“With a beauty unparalleled, this unmanaged coastal wilderness includes a labyrinth of trees and winding paths that take you from the historical soil where President Washington once stood, to the wind-swept coastal plain...

Riverbank One Day

The popularity and growth a timed ultras has been surging in recent years, and the 2nd Annual Riverbank One Day Race was poised to be a venue for more excitement in this corner of our sport. We expected a wet and windy a...

Destin Beach Ultra Runs

On the dark morning of February 19th, I listened to the familiar voice of the race director as he counted down to the start. The moment had finally come. I was officially running my first 50-mile race with just one catch...

Way Too Cool

In 2016 I signed up for the Way Too Cool race but as luck would have it I tore a muscle in my calf about a month before. Fortunately, I made the lottery in 2017 and got my shot at redemption. I drove up to Cool the mo...

Iron Horse Endurance Run

Although Nebraska’s Adam Monke and Florida’s Sandra Garrett tore up the 100-mile course in 17:30:35 and 20:33:35 respectively, two thirds of the field did not finish or dropped to a shorter distance. It was a head scratc...

Caumsett 50K

The USATF National 50K Road Championship, held at Caumsett State Park on Long Island, New York, was held on March 5, 2017, on the traditional course of ten 5k loops through the Park. Camille Shiflett, 43, of Port Wash...

Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco

The legend says the first coin thrown into the Trevi Fountain ensures you will for sure return to Rome. For runners that have traveled to the Sierra Tarahumara, this is accomplished simply by taking their first running s...

May / June 2017

Greg Gray, Heather Rickerl and Michelle Pope feeling fresh during the first sunrise at the Hawk Hundred. Gray and Rickerl went on to finish the Kansas Ultra Slam, four Kansas 100-milers in one year. Check out Rickerl’s experience and learn more about the Kansas Ultra Slam at ultrarunning.com. Photo: Rick Mayo/Mile 90 Photography