Features

Strength in Times of Change

As I sit down to write this, a majority of the world continues under broad orders to shelter in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Just a little over three weeks ago, my kids were still in school...

So Much More Than Racing

As much as we love races, I’d like to suggest another option. Why not try running an epic route that inspires you? Ideally, a trail that may not be available as a race or an adventure relating to an event that’s very dif...

History of the Barr Trail

Pop quiz: What do all of the following things have in common?The first woman to run a marathonA burro trail constructed in 1914“America the Beautiful”A $60 million tourist attractionOne of the most iconic trail marathons...

Vancouver Island's North Coast Trail

The North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, BC, is a true backcountry experience. Don’t be deceived by the lack of elevation – it’s remote, wild and rugged. When I backpacked the trail last summer with three girlfriends,...

Adventures on the Three Sisters Loop

As late spring morphs into summer, it’s time to think about adventure runs. For me, adventure runs are the best part of running long. Often times, it’s just me and my wife or dog, playing in the mountains all day. It’s a...

Hydrogels: Hype or Hydration?

Sports nutrition during the Tour de France in the early days consisted of rabbit, hot chocolate and lots of strong red wine. Today, we have a greater understanding of what nutrition is necessary for optimal performance a...

The Fellowship of the Ring

Just 90 minutes outside of Washington, DC, hides a gem of a trail in the George Washington Forest – a perfect ring of mountains just begging to be run. The Massanutten Mountain Trail circumnavigates this 71-mile mountain...

Indigenous Before Iconic

“We all learn the pioneer or conquistador history of trails, but for some reason we are taught Indigenous people are of the past, and so is their ecological management and ecological history.”My friend and mentor Lydia J...

Menstrual Cycle and Performance

Hormones can have a dramatic effect on our body composition, energy, recovery, injury risk and how we respond to training. Although this is becoming well known, it is actually still quite difficult for women to get usefu...

Laura Chancellor's 100-Mile Journey

On the climb out of Robinson Flat, a little after 30 miles into the Western States Endurance Run, you can usually spot those who will finish and those who will not.What usually matters is the look in their eyes. Some loo...

The Miracle of Distance

The most remarkable thing about our sport is the sheer distance we cover during an ultra event. Yet it doesn’t take much ultrarunning experience to realize that your focus during a race is almost never on the entire dist...

Eric Senseman: Campaigning on the Run

On a blustery Tuesday morning in the middle of February, two professional ultrarunners set out with a plan to run a 50k in northern Arizona. They weren’t tackling the Cowboy Loop in the Grand Canyon or the infamous A1 Lo...

Hydration Packs for Every Body

CamelBak ZephyrCamelBak partnered with YiOu Wang in the development of this pack that she wore during her win at last fall’s The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-mile Championship. The Zephyr is a gender-specific pack t...

The Birth of the JFK 50

From the limited and admittedly narrow perspective of running enthusiasts, and certainly endurance athletes, a case could be made that the 2020 presidential campaign cycle has been a little disappointing. As the pool of...

JFK

The Mayor of More Cowbell

I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription is More Cowbell. The More Cowbell Trail, to be exact. Southern Utah is a largely undiscovered mecca of trail running. Wide desert vistas. Rolling slick rock. Trails skirting th...

On a Mission

My brother Kraig is a history buff. I was the runner in the family and he was the studious one. So when he came to me with a history- related running escapade, I was keen to hear his idea. He explained that there are 21...

A Single-Track Gem: The Ruby Crest Trail

The suburbs of Cincinnati were a good place to grow up, I suppose. That is, unless you felt the deepest stirrings of your soul when surrounded by mountains and big sky country. Those soul-meets-landscape connections were...

My Favorite Trails Down Under

“Iconic” refers to something having the characteristics of an icon. For trails around the world it means showing off the beauty in well-known, historical areas. When people think of Australia, if it’s not for the coffee...

I Am an Ultrarunner: Hans Schmid

Age: 80Where do you live currently? Greenbrae, CAWhere did you grow up? Tuebingen, GermanyOccupation: Retired after a career in the international food tradeFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Widower, one stepdaughter, two gran...

Race Reports

Pioneer Spirit 50

Well, little did I know that our hot pace early on was going to come back to bite me. I would end up walking some of the hills on the course that didn’t even remotely match up to the current pitch. We had quite a pack ea...

Running Up for Air

I kicked my shoe into a snowy slope to gain traction, planted both trekking poles in front of my body for leverage, then laboriously took a single step and paused to catch my breath. I was on my fifth trek to the summit...

Outlaw 100

A 135-mile race totally sounded doable, I thought, after racing a few hundos and few 24-hour obstacle course events and being happy with my efforts. But I also knew Outlaw 135 at Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, O...

Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run

The Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run 50K is held on the unforgiving trails circling Wyandotte County Lake near Kansas City. The terrain and winter weather conspire to make “Psycho” one of the most challenging 50k races you’ll ev...

May/June 2020

Tim Tollefson runs to win the Pioneer Spirit USATF 50 Mile Championships in Folsom, CA. Tollefson crossed the finish in 6:22:31. Photo: Facchino Photography