December 1996

Bill Close hoists his reward, a clock mounted on a juniper slab, known as the 10 Bears Award, for finishing his tenth Le Grizz Ultramarathon on October 12, 1996.

November 1996

Georgs Jermolajevs, 53, from Riga, Latvia, on one of 1,481 laps of the neighborhood enroute to a total of 2,700 miles at the Sri Chinmy 2,700 Mile in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Photo: Sahishnu Szczesiul

October 1996

On top of the world — King Jordan crests Hope Pass at the Leadville Trail 100 Mile. Photo: Barbara Mallette/Leadville Picture Co.

September 1996

Tim Seminoff, from Salt Lake City, crossing the American River at the 78-mile mark of the Western States 100 Mile; he went on the finish in 20th place. Photo: Hughes Photography

July / August 1996

Joe Winch from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, cruises though a pine forest on his way to a sixth-place finish at the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile. Photo: Peggy Morsch

June 1996

Dennis Fugate, a veteran Texas ultrarunner and race director of the Cross Timbers Trail Run from 1986 to 1992, now gets to run that deceptively difficult course along the edge of Lake Texoma. Photo: Betty Norman

May 1996

Even the best can find it slow going sometimes — only six miles into the Catoctin 50 Km Trail Run, Eric Clifton has ground to a halt as he tries to figure a way to stay dry crossing Little Hunting Creek. Photo: Rick Hamilton

April 1996

The leaders at the Birmingham Track Club 50 Mile: Dink Taylor (left, second place) and Bill Antholine (first place). Photo: Rick Melanson

March 1996

Donna Perkins on her way to winning the Sunmart Texas Trail 50 Mile, the last big ultra of 1995. Photo: John Welch

January / February 1996

Wendy Ackermann leads Lorrie Snow at the Quadruple Dipsea on the first of four trips over the famous trail. Photo: Barry Norback