Features

Dick Collins: The Legacy of a Legend

Dear Ann, I recently heard that the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler has been discontinued this year. It was such a wonderful and iconic event that so many of us looked forward to on the first Saturday of October in the...

Motivation When It Counts

Every ultra takes grit to complete but no matter how many times you race, there are always times when you ask yourself whether you want to push or give in. So I thought it’d be useful to share the specific rationalizatio...

Rebuilding a Ruin

If some of you follow my running you might have noticed a slight absence of race results in the past 14 months or so. What was initially a slight niggling annoyance in my left leg in April 2016 soon led to full blown hob...

Perfect Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get in the necessary carbohydrates, proteins and hydration that an ultrarunner needs both pre- and post-run. For many runners, a pre-workout smoothie may reduce the occurrence of an upset sto...

The Inconvenient Truth

The most frequent cause of a DNF might surprise you. Are most DNF’s caused by starting too fast? Are they brought on by the mythical “bonk?” Are we most often forced out of races by sprained ankles, pulled muscles, elect...

Be Mindful Out There

Many runners have picked up on the close connection between running and mindfulness. When you practice mindfulness, you get a definite reduction in your levels of stress and anxiety. You also feel a lift in your self-est...

Mind Your Microbiome

It is easy to think of ourselves as a single person or organism with one set of DNA. However, in reality we are super organisms made up of both “us” and microbes. Our microbiome includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and prot...

The World’s Greatest Lie

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised. “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the wor...

Deep End of the Pool Workouts

When I think of pool training, I usually think of it as an injury-induced last resort. After reading “Deep End of the Pool Workouts” I have a whole new perspective. I suspect that you, too, consider pool workouts only wh...

Larisa Dannis: Living the Dream

IT WAS A DREAM SITUATION. And, in some ways, it felt like a dream in the days and months that followed Larisa Dannis’ second-place finish at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 2014. Dannis still remembers...

Fall Shoe Review

We hope you enjoy this selection of 10 new trail shoes for the Fall season of 2017. This diverse mix of models contains a style for pretty much every ultrarunner seeking a trail shoe that can work for distances beyond th...

Discovering New York’s Ultra Scene

Visit New York and you’ll find a variety of trail and ultra events, a passionate running community and some very special history. New York City’s Ted Corbitt (1919-2007) is remembered as the “father of long distance runn...

A Primer on MUT and USATF

Participation in mountain, ultra and trail (MUT) races continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. However, many people in the sport have little understanding of the role that USA Track & Field (USATF) plays in the...

Lightweight Running Jackets Review

Whether you’re exploring high mountain trails in the summer, or venturing into unpredictable fall weather, there’s really no excuse to get caught without protection from the elements. Each of these ultra-lightweight jack...

The Great New York Running Exposition

As we approached the starting line at 44th and Broadway, smack dab in the center of Times Square in the city that doesn’t sleep, I felt a sudden wave of calmness. Standing on the corner, counting down the last few second...

Power of Four

There’s excited chatter, the whir of the fan keeping the archway upright, the sun is already fully up and it’s a beautiful day to be in Aspen. Let’s get real…any day in Aspen is a great day. I made my way toward the star...

Mental Training for Upcoming Adventures

My friend Scott came out of his camper holding a paper cup. He handed it to me and said, “Here, do you want to drink this?” I was immediately suspicious. Judging by the slightly yellow tint of the liquid, it looked like...

Ultrarunning Then and Now

If history is any indication, the sport of ultrarunning is doing just fine. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that people first started making a career out of our sport over 2,500 years ago. That’s right, the ancient...

Ego: A Double-Edged Weapon

What I attempt to accomplish when I write upon these pages is to inform, enlighten and/or amuse and entertain. I’ve not crossed the finish line in a few races over the years, so DNF’s are not inconsistent with my makeup....

Feature Races

Psycho Psummer

Even as I write this, several weeks after finishing, I am still dealing with a fairly severe case of swamp ass. Perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration, but yeah, it was hot that day. It usually is at this race. When it...

Never Summer

It was the name that lured me into the Never Summer 100K race. I was looking for a 100k to run during my Colorado vacation from Australia and this one, north of Steamboat Springs in State Forest State Park, fit the bill....

Tahoe Rim Trail

The 2017 edition of the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs 100 Mile/50 Mile/55K provided runners from around the globe a true Glimpse of Heaven. The race had perfect sunny skies, snow drifts for runners to slide down and an...

Race Reports

Dawg Gone Long Run

The Ohio River Road Runners Club hosts five inexpensive, top-notch ultra events in Southern Ohio. I had the privilege of being the race director for one of them, Dawg Gone Long Run 50K/50 Miles. DGLR50 is held on the las...

Skyline

Some people claim that Skyline 50K has the longest streak in the 50k trail races in North America, with 37 editions. This hasn’t been proven, but it’s definitely true for Northern California at least. Right off the ba...

Burning River

Talk about a race that showcases a particular area of the country and its running community…and you’re talking about the Burning River 100/50 Mile in Northeast Ohio in the Cleveland, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls area. The...

Catoctin

This race was no walk in the park, scratch that, the Catoctin trail actually connects two state parks and due to steep climbs and relentless rocks, the race featured lots of walking. Race Director Kevin Sayers clearly lo...

Magraid 100K

Italy. Is there any other place on earth that evokes such visceral images of rich culture and the good life? It’s the best of the best when it comes to food, wine, art, inventions, landscapes, fashion and language. Havin...

October 2017

Israel Ramirez, Roger Pynappel and their pacers ascend Marlette Peak under the light of a fiery sunset during the Tahoe Rim Trail. Photo: Scott Rokis