Features

You Had Me at Doughnuts

Pumpkin doughnuts. That’s all it took to get me to sign up for a scramble in the fall – one of my first official trail races. Held on a Friday afternoon in October, the course took runners through golden aspens, splashin...

How to Manage Stress

Dear Ann,I have a stressful job and personal life, but I also get stressed before races. I seem to feel better when I run, but I have a really hard time getting motivated. Do you have any thoughts on stress and running?...

10 Reasons to Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

Wilderness medicine is simply urban medicine practiced in an austere and inconveniently distant environment – like out on the trails or at a race aid station. But there are a number of important differences between the t...

The Road (or Trail) to Recovery

I received the following text from my friend, Danielle, after she successfully completed her first ultra: I’m not sure I’ve ever been this sore before!Any tips for the recovery process?A great training plan will prepare...

The Business of Coaching

I have been coaching endurance athletes for nearly 20 years. When I first started, I had a difficult time explaining to my mother what I was doing with my hard-earned (and expensive) education. At the time, the concept w...

Finding Gratitude in Slower Times

At some point, maybe long ago or not so long ago, we all signed up for our first ultra. Maybe you chose a race because you thought it would be a challenge, or you wanted to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I d...

Ultrarunning for a Living

Making a living as an ultrarunner can be challenging and fun and with some hard work, it can be done. I’ve been fortunate to make a living as a sponsored runner, race director and running coach – three things that I neve...

The Hidden Dangers of Hyponatremia

Fernando De Samaniego Steta was having a textbook day while racing in Xicotepec, Mexico. He was well-trained for the 60k race with 11,500 feet of climbing, met his goal time of sub-7:30, finished in fourth and had his pa...

The Goldilocks Rule

Ice baths are a good thing, right? Don’t antioxidant vitamin supplements improve your health? If you have been reading this column over the last several years, you know science is more nuanced than that. For instance, ic...

Adventures in Race Directing

Anyone who’s directed a race likely has some crazy stories of the unexpected, humorous and stressful things that can happen behind the scenes. And anyone who’s directed an ultra has many more stories – as things only get...

The Ultrarunner’s Knee

There are certain issues that every ultrarunner will face at some point or another during their running career. By the time an ultrarunner has reached the level of a veteran, they have learned how to prevent or repair ev...

An Ending and a New Beginning

The alignment seems almost uncanny, now that Andrea Abel has finished the Western States Endurance Run.Her late husband, Jeff, ran Western States in 2005 and finished in 29:24. Andrea finished this year in 29:27.Jeff fin...

Camp Hardrock

What is Hardrock? The 100-mile run starts and ends in Silverton, Colorado, and travels through the towns of Telluride, Ouray and ghost town of Sherman, crossing 13 major passes (or peaks) at an elevation of 12,000 – 13,0...

Yoga for Ultrarunners

Between the well-documented physical and mental benefits of yoga, and the growing popularity of yoga in modern western culture, it surprises me how resistant some ultrarunners are to the idea of yoga as part of their tra...

Essential Gear for Fastpacking

In our last review, we described a number of sleep systems for spending the night in the backcountry. This month we’re looking at all the additional gear you should take along for fastpacking trips, as well as a couple o...

Fast Food: An Untapped Resource

The fuel that I used to use while running was pretty traditional like Tailwind, Mountain Dew and fruit. But that all changed when I began training for the Last Annual Vol State 500k. This 314-mile jaunt across Tennessee...

State of the Sport

Founded in 1999, Running USA is the largest running industry association in the country. Originally created to improve the status of road racing in the United States, the organization has broadened to offer a variety of...

A Confederacy of Deuces

“Did you hear what happened?”I was the first one out to the rendezvous point after assisting with the freshly dismantled Brown’s Bar aid station (mile 90.7) at this year’s Western States, and was eagerly anticipating cat...

I am an Ultrarunner YiOu Wang

Age: 34Where do you live currently? Kentfield, CAWhere did you grow up? Shanghai, China and Frederick, MDOccupation: Professional runner and teacherFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Husband, Sean Pont# of ultras run: 20What i...

Feature Races

Vermont 100

When you think of picturesque Vermont, 95-degree temperatures might not be the first thing to enter your mind. But the 31st annual Vermont 100 Endurance race was all about the heat. High temperatures, sweltering humidity...

Night Hawk

After being forced to exit early from last year’s race because of a torrential storm, poor choice in footwear and debilitating cramps, I was more than ready for another crack at the Night Hawk 50K. Race directors Mary An...

Great New York Running Exposition

The Great New York 100 Mile/100K (TGNY100) Running Exposition is a low-key ultramarathon (i.e., no bibs or traffic closures, just find your way along city streets using turn-by-turn direction sheets and yellow arrows) th...

Race Reports

Siskiyou Out Back

The low point of the course turned out to be my low point as well. Downtown Ashland, at 1,950 feet, looked disturbingly close considering I was at mile 40ish and still had to get back over the summit shoulder of Mt. Ashl...

Last Call 50 Miler

I couldn’t tell you the number of times I’ve been downtown when the lights turn on and the barkeep shouts out last call. Too many. My friends and I would crowd the bar to order one final glass to keep the endorphins buzz...

Mt. Hood 50

My year of running got off to a rocky start this year. Not only did I have a couple bad race days in February, but I was fighting off an injured hip and looking for some good things at the Mt. Hood 50K because I’ll be ru...

Badwater

For the 42nd year, runners congregated in Death Valley to tackle AdventureCORPS Badwater 135 (BW135), deemed by National Geographic as “the world’s toughest footrace.” This year, 95 runners consisting of 26 women and 69...

September 2019

Maggie Guterl and Amelia Boone ascend the otherworldly grounds above Island Lake in the San Juan Mountains. Photo: Howie Stern