Relationships need to be nurtured. That’s never been more apparent. After being separated from so many over the past year, I decided to pack a lot of running into the fall months, and the one thing I’ve come to realize i...
New 24-Hour Record
Lithuanian Aleksandr Sorokin ran 192 miles at Poland’s UltraPark Weekend 24 Hour race on August 28-29. Sorokin beat Yiannis Kouros’s long-standing 24-hour record of 188 miles set in 1997.
One of the most enjoyable aspects in any pursuit is the satisfaction from learning and improving. This is a core part of ultrarunning, but it’s not easy – just think of friends who’ve had a repetitive issue ruin race aft...
One of the inherent problems of being a coach to both normal
and elite athletes is that the former group always wants to copy the latter.
Particularly in today’s world of Strava and publicly available training
Legends exist in pretty much every facet of life, and the
sport of ultrarunning is no exception. To help separate the latest and greatest
visitor to the scene from the lasting heroes of our sport, here is a short list...
This year celebrates the 25th
anniversary of the first ultrarunning team in the US (and probably the world).
One Sport’s origins go back to the early 80s in Europe as an off-shoot brand
that specialized in boots, incl...
The goal of this column when I started five years ago was to
take existing research in the world of ultrarunning and endurance sports and
make it translatable. It’s a lot of fun and I always learn something new.
Both of the times I ran across the US, I got asked a lot of
the typical questions. “How much do you eat?”and “How many pairs of
shoes have you gone through?” These are questions you might expect. These are
I love the idea of
doing a 100-mile race on the anniversary of 9/11. It will give me a chance to
do something special and positive on that day, and it will also give me a
wonderful backdrop for reflecting on these las...
The West Coast saw another bad fire season in 2021, and we
can only expect this to increase in the future. Summer wildfire frequency in
the United States has escalated 18-fold between 1972 and 2018, with a five-fold
One of the most underrated aspects of an athlete’s
performance is closing. Whether the sport is golf or ultrarunning, all the
training in the world, the best pacing, the best nutrition—none of that matters
if the athl...
commuting is one of those things that everyone says they would like to do, but
relatively few of us actually do it. However, the advantages are enormous. It’s
a consistent and relatively easy way to build base mil...
with a perfect gear setup, run commuting requires an advanced level of planning
and logistical considerations compared to your regular weekly mileage. Here are
some tips to help your transition to run commuting g...
Al Howie was on the lam from Interpol and living as an
illegal alien in Canada when he became one of the most stupefying runners in
history. From 24-hour runs to six-day races to 1,300-milers, Howie ran on
made a pact, my youngest daughter and I, not long after Katie finished the
Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run in September 2019.
the finishers of that year’s Grand Slam of Ultrarunning honored durin...
“Well. That was sadistic.”
Those were the first words out of Kristian Howell’s mouth
after he finished second in the inaugural Lake Sonoma 100K. The race series
postponement to Labor Day weekend brought out mid-summer...
“Diversity is not a marketing campaign,” says Alison Désir,
black endurance athlete, activist and mental health advocate.
There is an influx of participants in the sport of
ultrarunning and, consequently, diversity i...
It might surprise you to learn
that the first marathon was actually an ultramarathon. And the first marathoner
was actually an ultramarathoner. Many are familiar with the legendary tale of a
Greek runner setting off a...
Not only am I a Springsteen fan, cinnamon roll
addict and owner of a Great Dane named Little Debbie, I am also a licensed
clinical social worker. After nearly 20 years in practice, I thought I had a
The text arrived, immediately conjuring up an ultra career’s
worth of nostalgia: “Hey Jeff! I saw you at States! I was running in with a
client in the Golden Hour. I’m going to be in Bishop Wed-Friday. You around?”
While running the 40-mile
Telluride Mountain Run in late August—an extremely tough high-altitude ultra
that circumnavigates the town and crosses four mountain passes—I felt a bit
glum that I didn’t recognize any of th...
Oxford dictionary defines “legend”
as “an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.” In Australia, we throw the world legend around, particularly if we can’t quite remember
do you live currently? Yorba Linda, California
did you grow up? Brig, Switzerland
Web developer (self-employed) and race director
(kids, spouse, pets)? Wife, Linda, of 22 ye...
I am alone, and
Hurt is an understatement. I don’t know how far I’ve run, or how long I’ve been
out here. I don’t know where “here” is. My hands are crammed under my hydration
pack to keep the weigh...
It was Saturday afternoon, somewhere around 25-27 hours after
the start of the 100-miler. The finish line was full of energy and Levi, my 8-year-old,
had gone missing. Again. This time, rather than scour the parking lo...
I love the Last Person Standing format. There is little to
no margin for error. In a standard 100-mile race, you can bank time for slowing
down or go through rough spells and still go sub-24. A Last Person Standing eve...
Dena Carr makes her second ascent up Rat Jaw, a 0.9-mile climb with roughly 2,000 feet of gain, at the Barkley Fall Classic 50K. Photo: Jenny Thorsen