Features

Growth of the Sport

“When 26.2 Miles Isn’t Enough” is the title of an article published last month by British newspaper and digital media outlet The Guardian that explores the “phenomenal rise of the ultramarathon.” It is an interesting top...

Get on the Track for Fun

Dear Ann, I’ve been doing trail ultras for several years now and have seen more and more results in Ultrarunning on road and track loop ultras. I’ve been trying to decide whether to try one. What are your thoughts? I...

10 Ways to Make Cutoffs, PR or Beat a Rival

Most ultramarathons only require you move at an 18 to 20 min/mile pace to finish. If you can hike briskly, you should get a belt buckle. But hundreds of runners miss time cutoffs at ultras every year. Twin Lakes Inbound...

Coaches Have to Eat Too!

There is advice everywhere we turn when it comes to the best way to: train…race…and recover. We look to the experts for all of this, so I figured it would be nice to see what some of our favorite ultrarunning coaches are...

Is Cross Training Right for You?

Ultrarunners are a group with an intense love of running. It’s such a strong attraction that ultrarunners are willing to give up half days, normal meals, social engagements and even sleep to keep running. But training to...

Downhill Running

Ultrarunners inherently understand there’s a difference between the mechanics of running uphill and running downhill. When you look deeper into the biomechanics of ultrarunning, it is apparent there are really four disti...

Racing to Recover

I am sure many readers are now kicking off their 2018 racing season. Sure, maybe not too many of you have run a 100-miler yet this year but by now 50ks are happening every weekend and many 50-milers or 100ks are looming....

Run Like an Animal

A few years ago, I stood at the starting line of the TARC To Hale and Back 6-Hour Race. There was about a foot of snow on the ground and unbroken trail along the three-mile loop. As instructed in my pre-race email (becau...

The Beginnings of TARC 2.0

The early days of organizing the TARC Trail Series races was a comedy of errors. For the Spring Classic, Josh, Sam Jurek and I scouted the course in February after a foot of snow had fallen. Hours later after returning t...

Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape

Stretching is one of those hot button topics in which everyone has an opinion. Some people swear by it as part of their strategy to stay healthy while others refuse to stretch (full disclosure, I fall in the second categ...

Top Tips for Race Week and Race Day

It’s May, and that means ultra season is in full swing; I hope you’re having a blast out there so far! Odds are you’ll be toeing the line sometime soon, so this month we’ll take a look at some of the most common question...

People

There was one thing that worried me about my Transcon. I did not want to miss out on the people. One of the great joys of journey running is the people you meet along the way. Passing slowly across the countryside gives...

Mark Robbins: Giving So That Others Can Experience the Extraordinary

I was bruised, battered and beyond help as my pacer and I stumbled into the Pot Hollow aid station at mile 84.7 of September’s Wasatch 100-miler in Utah. For several hours, I’d been tilting far to my left, like a buil...

The Race Is Canceled? I Don’t Think So.

My mind before the LOViT 100 was like a cavern of floating fortune cookie messages. I was Charlie Bucket in the Gene Wilder version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, floating amongst the bubbles of one-liners. On...

The Running Bonnetts: Everything in Excess

When Zane Bonnett was two years old, his mom, Erin LoStracco, was lifting his baby sister, Kennedy, into the double stroller in preparation for Erin’s run when Zane announced that he wasn’t going to ride in the stroller...

Do Try This at Home

We are told that having good core strength will benefit our running and overall fitness. Easier said than done, right? But don’t give in to the notion that it can’t be done. In fact, you’ve probably got all of the tools...

Mired in the Dirt?

When I am preparing for something I am either committed, reasoning away my plans or stressing about the most minuscule thing. In other words I am either focusing on the entire landscape, filling my head with air or getti...

48 Hours in Vegas: Ultra Style

Here was our pitch to the family: you can run when you want to. You can walk when you want to. And you can rest when you want to. You’ll get to hang out with some really cool people. You get a medal at the end. And the a...

Three Miles an Hour Is All I Ask

When you do what we do, it sounds so easy. “I just need to cover a little more than three miles an hour.” Three miles an hour and just a little more, how hard can that be? It sounds so simplistic, so easy. Until you’re t...

Feature Races

Mountain Mist

Where has the time gone? I have a hard time believing so many things in my life have happened based on time passing alone. Two of my three kids have grown up and gone, family members and friends have passed away. So many...

Way Too Cool

This year’s Way Too Cool started out like any other year: FAST. A downhill road start is something you have got to warm up for or the field is going to leave you in the dust, especially with Brett Hales and David Roche l...

Mt. Cheaha

Mount Cheaha is the early spring friendiversary of the Southeast trail runner family. This was my second annual Mount Cheaha 50K. Last year I signed up a couple days ahead of the race after late night poling of the East...

Black Canyon

Four Golden tickets were up for grabs at this year’s Black Canyon 100K in Mayer, AZ, on February 17. Canada’s Ailsa MacDonald avenged last year’s excruciating third-place finish with a blistering fast 8:53 for the win, n...

Lone Star 100

Bleary-eyed and disheveled, I stumbled into a motel lobby in El Paso, desperate for a cup of coffee. I stared at my bare feet. I must look like the most hungover girl on earth. Glancing up, I locked eyes with a dude wear...

Race Reports

963 Beulah Challenge

Being new to the Midwest, why would I choose my first race here in St. Louis to be one that was practically begging for freezing rain and snow? At night? On a trail with a fair amount of uneven rock and lots of intersect...

Antelope Canyon

These days, I choose my races for the promise of adventure. After more than 20 years of running ultras, I have little interest in repeating anything or going anywhere that I don’t think will offer me something exotic, un...

Caumsett

Both the men’s and women’s races at Caumsett, the USATF 50K Road Championships, saw a late change in leadership, with Gabrielle Russo and Eric LiPuma ultimately claiming the 2018 championship titles in Long Island’s Caum...

Holiday Lake

In 2016 and 2017, we had 220 finishers at the Holiday Lake 50K. In 2018, we had 166 finishers. Of the 166 finishers, 90 percent were from Virginia. This is the future of ultrarunning in Virginia as well as across the nat...

Brazil 135

At 72 years old, Bob Becker is not your average senior citizen. The Race Director of the Keys 100, Bob is somewhat of a running legend. In 2015 he was the oldest person to complete a Badwater double, which consists of ru...

May/June 2018

Max King seemingly walking on water near mile 20 of Way Too Cool, as he hunts down the two runners ahead of him en route to the win. Photo: Joe McCladdie