Features

Take Care of Your Feet

How many times do we see grisly photos of blistered and battered feet? You know the ones – with huge chunks of skin hanging and dangling, or maybe a balloon-like blister filled with who knows what gnarly fluid. Maybe a t...

Vermont Memories

Dear Ann, I was thinking of signing up for the Vermont 100. It will be my first 100, and is a long way from where I live. I’m a little worried about what to do in a 100 and how to respond if I make a mistake or if somet...

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

As runners, we set ourselves many targets. However, when we constantly push our boundaries, there’s some inevitable disappointment along the way. This isn’t a sign of weakness, but an indication that we’re challenging ou...

Prioritizing Those Miles

When signing up for a race that’s quite a few months ahead, it’s easy to be overly optimistic about what sort of training and preparation we will be able to do. Whether this is due to simply having an enthusiastic nature...

Optimal Foods for Repair and Recovery

Food is fuel. Many of you also know that food is important for recovery, too. You should eat your post-workout snack/meal within 15 to 30 minutes to optimize recovery. In addition, here are some specific foods that have...

Fake It ’Til You Make It

“Look fast, act fast and then run fast!” It was the summer of 1999, and as a young collegian, I’d landed what turned out to be a serendipitous summer job as a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the U...

The High Dive

I read that the Western States 100, probably the most coveted starting slot in all of ultrarunning, had a 7% DNS (Did Not Start) this year. Now, that might seem shocking. Seven out of 100, nearly one in 10 people who wer...

Damn the Torpedoes

The months of training, the punishing long runs, all the people you’ve told that you’re planning on running 100 miles, all the supporters out there helping you, your buddy on your elbow pacing you. You were convinced tha...

Cramping Your Style

The first time I saw someone taking a pill on the trail I was confused. “What is that?” I asked. “Salt tablet,” they responded. “It prevents me from cramping and keeps sodium levels up.” Since then, I have heard runners...

The 4:30 a.m. Rule

Over the last 10 years, I’ve been “fortunate” enough to do a number of races touted as “the hardest race in the world,” so when I received the following e-mail in December 2014 from “Run Bum,” the RD for the Georgia Deat...

2016 Fall Shoe Review

Altra – Lone Peak 3 $120 This is, quite simply, a fantastic update to an already great shoe. The new Lone Peak 3 is far and away the best fitting trail shoe from Altra to date, with an extraordinary fit in both the inst...

Comfort Shoe Review

We’ve all been there: those agonizing last miles of a race or long training day when the only thought in your mind is, “I can’t wait to get these shoes off my feet!” When your work for the day is over and you’re ready to...

Welcome to New York

It’s been waiting for you… a robust and beautiful trail and ultrarunning scene, expanding outward from Ithaca and from the vision and boundless energy of Ian Golden. While there are trail and ultra races in New York that...

Ultra Hokies

Gravel crunches underneath tire treads as cars slowly fill the upper lot of Pandapas Pond, a system of trails near Blacksburg, VA. Doors slam and emphatic greetings are heard all around. Almost everyone is college aged,...

The Grassroots of Asheville

When I visited Asheville, NC, for the first time in April, I was excited to check out the trail running scene. I had heard great things about this western North Carolina city and its mountain-centric runners, and I was e...

Suffering to Become Stronger

If I were pinned down and forced to choose a single image that portrayed the grit, difficulty and triumph of ultrarunning, it would be a picture of my friend Jared Thorley after finishing his first ultramarathon, the Ult...

Footscape

Our feet take a pounding during an ultramarathon. Like the wheels of a car, they’re the point where machine meets earth, those feet of ours. For many of us, finding relief post-ultra is a never-ending pursuit. I’ve tried...

When It’s Not Your Day

In ultras anything can and does happen once the gun goes off, no matter how well things have gone up to that point. When the event officially starts, the race takes on a life of its own. Hopefully we’re dialed in and can...

Feature Races

Hardrock 100

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow humans; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville...

Broken Arrow Skyrace

When first-time race director Brendan Madigan approached me to ask me to help him promote and produce the first-ever Skyrunning event in California, we both agreed that expectations would be high. With the iconic Squaw V...

Race Reports

Night Hawk 50K

The second annual running of The Night Hawk 50K proved to be quite challenging for the runners. The heat and high humidity took its toll on even the best-trained runners as well as the local participants, who tend to acc...

Mohican

Ohio’s Brood V cicadas, which emerge once every 17 years, brought an interesting change as the sun rose on the 27th annual Mohican Trail Run. On the trail, participants could hear their low roar throughout the day and so...

Bighorn

The 24th running of the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Runs and the 15th running of the Bighorn Trail 100 were held on June 17–18, 2016. Although trail conditions were perfect, and the wildflowers were in excepti...

Hell Hath No Hurry

The 8th annual Hell Hath No Hurry trail races were held on June 25, 2016, in Settlers Cabin Park, outside Pittsburgh, PA. With multiple distances, including a 10k, 30k, 50k and 50 miles, unique hand crafted finishers’ aw...

Kettle Moraine

We consider this the best Kettle ever. We set some records and we had a better than average finisher rate (58%). The summer weather ­– including a little refreshing rain – was as pleasant as anyone could hope for. Our vo...

Manitou’s Revenge

The fourth edition of Manitou’s Revenge was a little warmer than usual, with temperatures reaching the lower 80s during the day. The sunny skies were a welcome departure from the torrential rains that plagued runners las...

Lavaredo Ultra Trail

The Lavaredo Ultra Trail is a 119k race held every June in the Dolomites, which are the wildest and most scenic part of the Italian Alps. The stunning course goes up and down their steep, rocky mountainsides like a rolle...

September 2016

Simon Mtuy summiting Squaw Peak via the “Stairway to Heaven” during the Broken Arrow Skyrace. Mtuy is not only an accomplished ultrarunner with 10 Western States silver buckles, the Tanzanian is also the founder of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience where he and his team have been leading clients on adventures up Kilimanjaro, in the Serengeti and on Zanzibar since 1998. Photo: Myke Hermsmeyer