Features

Destination: Self-Discovery on the Tahoe Rim Trail

After a joyous wedding celebration, Erika Hoagland, UltraRunning Contributing Editor, and I had the bright idea to enjoy our honeymoon by taking on a new adventure together – hiking the 170-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. We had n...

Adventure Runs

Dear Ann, We all know you had extraordinary success at racing ultras, and so many of your records still stand after many years. But I wanted to ask you about non-race ultras. I’ve heard that you used to do some epic t...

When to Back Off and Do Less

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear about a friend or well-known ultrarunner suffering from over-training. Although the exact medical mechanism that causes medium-term and long-term tiredness hasn’t been discovered, i...

Dropping the Distance to Crank Up the Speed

“Uh, excuse me, I thought that this was UltraRunning?” Well, that might be your initial reaction as you read this piece as I extoll the virtues of running sub-ultra-distance races. Now, don’t get me wrong: I am a diehard...

Vitamins and Supplements

Running long and hard requires vitamins, minerals and nutrients for energy, strength, repair and recovery. Ideally, one is getting those elements through food. In fact, many people do obtain most of what they need throug...

Central Governor and Stride

“It’s simple, but it’s not easy,” I tell many clients, as we muddle through the challenging process of running stride optimization. Throughout 2016, we’ve talked about running stride: the fundamentals, having a stride...

Savor the Moment

The old guys at ARFTA have stories to tell. they have a love of life to share. and lessons to teach. greatest of those lessons... to savor the moment. when we are young, we do the things that young men do. w...

Shoehorn That Run into Your Travel Plans

It’s a lucky ultrarunner who gets to plan a trip exclusively around running an ultra. What a treat! You can focus on the race, the exotic locale, and the new people you’re meeting. Your itinerary can be designed to get y...

Warning: Strong Stomach Required

One of the most frustrating challenges that can occur during an ultra is an upset stomach. A bad stomach can come on as a cramp, flatulence, an inability to eat, nausea, etc. These gastrointestinal (GI) issues are extrem...

Something to Remember

We ultrarunners truly are fortunate to be able to do what we do. A lot of people go through life without a whole lot to look forward to. And that probably also means there’s not a whole lot to remember, either. If you’ve...

FKTs Here, There and Everywhere. But Are They Losing Their Significance?

The lure of a fastest known time is strong these days. Facebook and Twitter feeds, particularly in the summer and fall, seem jammed with photos of runners either in the process of chasing an FKT, preparing for an FKT...

FKT

GPS Watch Review

At its heart, ultrarunning is an old-school discipline: We run for the feelings, the experience, the scars and the stories. However, our sport paradoxically attracts a remarkable number of data geeks, for whom no data po...

Karl Meltzer: Appalachian Trail Fastest Known Time

On Sunday, September 18, at 3:38 a.m., Karl Meltzer emerged from the trail at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, GA, after departing Mt. Khatadin in Maine on August 3 at 5 a.m. After 2,1...

Rekindling the Flame in the Yosemite High Country

It was 7 a.m., six miles out in the high country above Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The four of us struggled up Koip Pass, gasping for oxygen at 11,000 feet. Our route was a scramble up 2,000 feet of sw...

2016 Rob Krar Ultra Camp

The Rob Krar Ultra Camp (RKUC) kicks off with dinner at Rob and Christina’s house near Buffalo Park, Flagstaff, the training grounds for many an Olympic great and where Rob has trained the last few years. Christina is Ro...

Destination: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is comprised of five colorful villages hanging off of the very rugged coastline of northwest Italy, a couple hours due south of Milan. These villages were not inhabited in a meaningful way until around 1200...

Changed by the Journey

Over 2,000 years ago, Alexander the Great pioneered a trade route through Central Asia that became known as the Silk Road. Being of Greek descent, I had long dreamed of seeing the terrain and landscape he traveled – and...

Family Vacations and Ultras

A while back, our family put on our tourist hats and went on vacation to California. We saw how astronauts go to the bathroom at the California Science Center. We tried to pet Jaws at Universal Studios. And we ate ridicu...

Destination: Don’t Despair!

Seventeen years ago, I ran the Bear 100 for the first time. I’d dropped from the Wasatch Front 100 two weeks earlier without good reasoning. Three or four days later, my friends chided and goaded me for the egregious act...

Feature Races

Cascade Crest 100

Right after the gun fired, and all of the runners jogged past, a pre-school-age boy turned to his dad and whispered, “I thought you said it was a race. Do they know they’re going slow?” Without missing a beat, the vetera...

Tamalpa Headlands

No matter how you sliced it, the 2016 Tamalpa Headlands 50k was destined to be epic. For nearly 20 years, this race has challenged ultrarunners with a rugged and scenic course through the Marin Headlands near San Francis...

Post Canyon 50k

The Post Canyon 50K & Half Marathon was born out of a desire to share my backyard trails with folks near and far. The seed has sprouted for this little love-child, only in its second running, and I’m excited to watch it...

Run the Rut

Runners huddled in a small heat shack sipping cups of chicken broth, changing out of wet clothes into drier ones from their drop bags, shivering as they tried to rebound from the grueling, cold course that was slowly get...

Race Reports

Eastern States 100

Racing 100 miles entails a bit of a time warp. Time morphs into a measurement of distance. Minutes transfer into miles, and those miles begin to only symbolize the space between the things we need. Sustenance. Pizza. And...

SLO Ultra

This is not your typical race report, but it is a story about directing a brand new event, about ultrarunning at its best and all the down and dirty collaboration between the two. As Founder and Race Director of RaceSLO....

Habanero Hundred

You can’t talk about the Habanero Hundred without mentioning that everybody quit the first, inaugural year, except for Julie Koepke. For a year, she has reigned as the champ of this race, and rightfully so. She’s an awes...

Canadian Death Race

When “Death Race” is part of the name of an event, you know you’re in for something morbidly epic! The 16th edition of The Canadian Death Race, which took place on July 30, made memories no “Death Racer” will ever forget...

Wildcat Ultras

Injuries are deplorable. Injuries without a desirable prognosis are anathema, especially when the injury fragments the psyche. Unfortunately, this is the case with my ankle. Slowly, a partition has been building between...

A Race for the Ages

It was the wee hours of the morning at A Race for the Ages, and things were quiet around the scoring tent. For the crews and spectators, this was just like any other day, and they were sleeping the night away. Other than...

Castle Peak

From the summit of Castle Peak at 9,000 feet, runners who take a moment to look around will see where they came from and all the challenge that lies ahead. Halfway into the Castle Peak 100K course in Truckee, CA, they...

Hideaway Trail Run

With the buzzing of my alarm, I rocketed out of bed like I was shot out of a cannon. I had only 30 minutes of sleep, but I felt like I had slept for a year. After 10 months of work, the day was finally here. I spent many...

Fat Dog

I have been trying to qualify for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), but because of their recent rule changes, it is becoming harder and harder to find non-lottery races that would meet the criteria in and near the US...

November 2016

Jorge Maravilla runs through the Tamalpa Headlands 50K finishing chute with son Joaquin. Photo: Joe Viger