Features

Reconnect with Your Roots

Running on trails satisfies a primal need to connect with nature. The sheer thrill of treading across dirt, rocks and roots reaches deep into the soul and leaves us wanting more. After I began running ultras, I discovere...

Find an Epic Adventure

Dear Ann,I love everything about ultras – the races, volunteers and crews. But when reading about epic runs and FKTs, I’m intrigued by the idea of trying an adventure somewhere other than a race. What are your thoughts o...

Managing Discomfort in Ultras

We made it to mile 85. Only 15 more miles and the runner I was pacing would have her first 100-mile belt buckle. We were in Huntsville State Park in southeast Texas at the Rocky Raccoon 100, and we’d been marching throug...

How Not to Pack a Drop Bag

It seems to me that ultrarunners pack all of their insecurities into a drop bag. Running really long distances through rugged terrain at all hours of the day can be daunting, and as such, drop bags can get unwieldy. It’s...

Go Build a Trail

I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2001. The entire city and surrounding network of trails immediately captivated me. Pikes Peak, the illustriously coined Purple Mountain’s Majesty that Katharine Lee Bates wrote a...

Balancing Nutrition During an Injury

Whether it’s a prolonged niggle or sudden show-stopper that keeps you from normal training, injuries are tough. They can also have an impact on how you eat and respond to healing from both a nutrition and mental standpoi...

Tackling Longer Trails

For the last 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of living within 15 miles of some of the longest trails in North America. While I haven’t actively sought them out, living near these iconic trails has been a huge perk. In ad...

Western States Research Update

My research experience is diverse. I’ve worked with rodent models of inactivity, human skeletal muscle in cell culture and dietary restriction effects on aging in flies. When starting at The College of Idaho, I was unsur...

The Train Depot in Garnett, Kansas

The Prairie Spirit Trail Ultra 100 Mile in eastern Kansas is a rails-to-trails course that follows an old route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad through the small town of Garnett. A brick depot building, bui...

Presidential Traverse

While most of us will never hold an FKT, simply perusing the list of FKT routes will fill up any ultrarunner’s bucket list. The Beast Coast offers plenty of such routes – one of the most popular being the Presidential Tr...

Tim Tollefson

In the summer of 2018 near his home in Mammoth Lakes, California, Tim Tollefson had been preparing with uncommon focus for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in Chamonix, France.After finishing third in both of his pre...

Hydration Vests

The big advancements in hydration packs this year are geared towards women, with several major companies highlighting packs specifically built for the female body. Accordingly, our review is focused on female-specific mo...

CBD: What Every Ultrarunner Needs to Know

The first time I heard about CBD (cannabidiol) was on the 2013 CNN special, WEED. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on a young girl named Charlotte Figi who was stricken with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Charl...

Flavor Science: An Interview with Magda Boulet

URM: The flavor wheel includes sweet, sour, salty, spicy and stringent (bitter). Can you describe how GU determines their variety of flavors based on this wheel, knowing that there will be more demand for a sweet flavor...

Glass-Half-Full Perspective

Maybe my finish at the race had nothing to do with my dad dying. Then again, maybe my finish at the race had everything to do with my dad dying. I ran the Red Mountain 55k in southern Utah and when I reached the aid stat...

The Original Marathon was an Ultramarathon

In this issue we’ve talked a lot about iconic trails and places that many of us are familiar with. But perhaps the most historic running route of all time is the original marathon. For starters, the very first marathon w...

A Marathon Can Rev Up Your Ultrarunning

My husband and I have an ongoing argument about whose car is better. He drives a sleek BMW 4-series convertible, which I honestly don’t like to drive because it’s too low to the ground and attracts attention. My vehicle...

Mark Hammond

Age: 33Where do you currently live? Millcreek, Utah (just a 10-minute drive from the Wasatch Mountains)Where did you grow up? Cottonwood Heights, UtahOccupation: Geospatial Analyst (related to Google Earth and making map...

Feature Races

Chuckanut

Do you even enjoy running?” inquired my mother back in November when I told her I had signed up for my first ultramarathon. “No. I mean, maybe. I don’t know. I just have to survive it, I don’t have to like it!”After eigh...

Santa Barbara Nine Trails

The Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35-miler (SB9T) was created in 1990 by Patsy Dorsey. Receiving the traditional finisher’s hug from her at the finish line this year, along with congratulatory high-fives from Luis Escobar (w...

Way Too Cool

Six hours of rain-soaked, caked-in mud, cramping and revolting muscles, frozen-to-the-core misery, “Dude, you look torn up – eat this chili, it brings you back to life,” said Mike Hernandez. Rather than eat, I proceeded...

Race Reports

Hagg Mud

The hot sting of tears hit my eyes when our last finisher of the day popped out of the woods onto the final stretch of the course. His ear-to-ear grin let us know that he knew he had just accomplished something epic. In...

Rock On, Lake Perry!

The ninth annual Rock On, Lake Perry! 50K went through somewhat of a personality change. Due to so many running (and other) events in the month of May, it was moved to January. A winter 50k in the Midwest? Are you nuts?...

Outlaw 100

As we all anxiously awaited the start of the inaugural Outlaw 100 in Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, Oklahoma, the air was cold and filled with excitement. Our headlamps were on and nerves were building. We had d...

Psycho Wyco

For the 15th Annual Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run trail race, we kept up our awesomeness: great swag, 50k finisher caps, finisher hardware, 50 gallons of homemade chili from the RDs, two kegs of craft beer, great aid stations...

May/June 2019

Hayden Hawks crests the top of Chinscraper on his way to winning the Chuckanut 50K. Photo: Glenn Tachiyama