September / October 2022

Features

New Adventures

Trail races that are sub-ultra distances have an important place in our sport. Ultrarunners sign up for “ultra” distances (mileage over 26.2), and most will also admit that they sign up for shorter races on the regular—f...

News and Notes

Dauwalter and Jornet Break Hardrock Course Records Courtney Dauwalter and Kilian Jornet set course records at this year's Hardrock 100 Endurance Run on July 16 in Silverton, Colorado. Dauwalter finished sixth overall...

Match Adventure to Your Training

While summer is gone and the days are getting shorter, it’s never a bad time to think about your next ultra adventure run. After all, you are an endurance athlete. And I bet more than a few nickels that by simple virt...

Something New Out Your Front Door

One of the benefits of being an ultrarunner is it can satisfy wanderlust on a daily basis. However, there is a lot to be said for staying local and finding adventures in your own back yard. When I started running, I w...

50k After Your First Marathon, K-Tape & How Short Should Your Longest Run Be?

After my first marathon, would it be right to continue with a 50k ultra in three months? @asafmiller It wouldn’t be wrong. But whether you should run a 50k just three months after your first marathon depends on how f...

You Should Do Something Different

The training/race cycle goes on and on, and can easily lead to burnout, overtraining or wilting into staleness. The all-important positive attitude about running that supplies so much of the motivation to get out the...

Adventure Terminology

Everything in life is an adventure. Or at least, it should be. But there are differences – while road sub-ultrarunners never leave home without first starting their sport watch, trail runners almost always bring a cam...

An Acquired Taste

Adventure. Isn’t that what drives us to do these crazy things called ultras? What is an adventure anyway? Some like to say that it is not an adventure if you know how it will turn out. And that is true. But maybe ther...

Mount Marathon

Folklore has it that Alaska’s Mount Marathon started as a bar bet between two “sourdoughs”—slang for gold miner— on who could race from the middle of Seward, Alaska, to the top of the 2,974-foot-tall peak hovering ove...

Fall Shoe Review

Saucony Endorphin EdgeMSRP: $2009.0 oz M; 7.3 oz WHeel/forefoot heights: 36/30 mmBest for tempo or speed training on trails, race distances up to 100MIf you want to attract eyeballs, it’s hard to do better than hot pink...

One More Loop

On a clear May morning in the tiny town of Rettert, Germany, the sound of three blows of a whistle reduced 60 runners’ worlds to a 4.167-mile loop. They embarked on a race that has no end: the Backyard Mas...

Pain by Numbers

When 57-year-old Ninette Banoun of Oslo, Norway, entered the Quarry Road aid station at mile 90.7 of the Western States 100 at 8:21 a.m. on Sunday morning, she was 11 minutes on the wrong side of statistical history....

No Reason to Stop

It was the middle of the night in 2004, and Su-san reached for another “Dora Choco,” a Japanese treat made with two pancake-like castella cakes sandwiching a chocolate core. She’d brought exactly 24 to the Czech Repub...

For the Thrill of It

Amelia Earhart said it well: “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” Most ultramarathon distance runs take place on a race course that provides the forum, with a set route and distance. Each ultramarathon is an adventure...

Mindset for Adventure

What is “race day mentality?” It’s that mindset that we slip into as we chase a goal we’ve been working toward and have dedicated hours of preparation — not only in training the body but also training the mind to be f...

One Last Hurrah

Unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, the end of the calendar year brings colder temps, shorter days, rain and perhaps snow. Between Thanksgiving and January, I tend to run less and sleep and eat more, as if trans...

Gina Lucrezi

Age: 39 Where do you live currently? Buena Vista, CO Where did you grow up? Bangor, PA Occupation? Trail Sisters founder Family (kids, spouse, pets)? Husband, Justin Keller, and two fur kids, Airedales Ezra and Spr...

Race Reports

Hardrock 100 Endurance Run

Last year at the 2021 race, while standing at the Hardrock start in downtown Silverton, Colorado, Courtney Dauwalter turned to her friend, fellow competitor and then four-time finisher Jeff Browning and asked him for...

Six Days In the Dome

“Crew life, 1.5 hours in: Been up since 3. It’s freaking cold in here. Bodies are twisted at angles reminiscent of The Walking Dead,” read the caption on my Instagram story I posted about Six Days in the Dome. It’s a...

Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs

“A glimpse of heaven….a taste of hell” is the slogan of the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs (TRTER). This has never been more true than the 21st edition of the TRTER 100M / 50M / 55K. Under clear blue skies, blustery w...

Denali 135 & 100K

Being in Alaska on summer solstice is akin to being in New Orleans on Mardi Gras, or in Time Square on New Year’s Eve. Runners at the second annual Denali135 and 100K were treated to a dreamlike combination of perfect...

Kilian Jornet and Francois D'Haene make their way through American Basin on their way up Handies Peak. Jornet finished the 2022 Hardrock in 21:36:24, winning the race and setting a new course record. Photo: Howie Stern