October 2014

Wanting In!

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With the ever-increasing interest in the sport of ultrarunning has come an explosion of prospective entrants for certain races. This popularity has race directors resorting to lotteries, wait lists and other measures, in some cases just short of asking entrants for their firstborn for entry into their events.

UltraRunning October 2014

  • The Quotable Ultrarunner by Gary Dudney
  • Eight Things Your RD Won’t Tell You by Gary Cantrell
  • Buy Local by Ann Trason
  • Wanting In! by Errol Jones
  • Crawl if you Must by Dean Karnazes
  • Speedgoat by Galen Burrell
  • Badwater 135 by Judy Jennings
  • Racing, Race, Race by Ellie Greenwood


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Ronald Bowman (race report author) at the start.

69 Miles/Two Days Across The British Countryside

The idea of doing this iconic event sprang up a few weeks after the Trans Rockies multi-day run in 2013 – after the brain had suppressed the pain of that undertaking. But then a fi ve-day stay in the ICU at Johns Hopkins hospital after a “cardiac event” in December put a lot more than just completing this event into question for me.

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UltraRunning Finishes by Gender

      [raw] [/raw]   Race results are obtained from numerous sources, and should be accurate and complete, but inevitably there may be errors. In such cases please let us know. We obtained results from our archive of old ultrarunnin

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Heart Of A Champion

From the greenest novice, to the most seasoned veteran, as ultrarunners, each of us has an ambition of reaching our potential. Whether our goal is to simply achieve a finish at a distance we have never before reached, to complete a signature race, run

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Which State has the most UltraRunning finishers as percentage of population?

Wondering what state represents the most when it comes to finishes at Ultras? The map below shows the percentage of Ultrarunning finishers as a percentage of a states population.

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Ask Ann: Guilty about using a pacer?

Dear Ann, Some of my friends make me feel guilty about using a pacer. What do you think?  Paul Dear Paul, There’s no easy answer. They’ve been controversial since the early days of ultra running. Ultimately they are there for safety, but their role has

North Face – Wisconsin: A mental exercise

by Shannon Featherstone My husband runs ultras. I never did. Like many people, when asked if I would ever consider doing one, I would respond with a breezy I could never run that far. What I really meant to say was that I could never spend that kind of

Jumpstart Your Recovery

There’s no shortage of products that promise to accelerate recovery. Sure, they might work, but first you have to buy them, which means (a) spending money and (b) either going all the way to the store or waiting days for your order to arrive. But did you know there are plenty of strategies to speed up and improve recovery that are absolutely free and don’t require any equipment?

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Hard Lessons for a Leadville Trail 100 Rookie

I’ve always told our kids that our true character comes through in how you deal with life’s setbacks, rather than how you respond when things are going great. I, unfortunately, had the opportunity to “practice what I preach” in Leadville this past August. I learned in no uncertain terms that the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. On a beautiful sunny day in the Colorado Rockies the Leadville Trail 100 chewed me up and spit me out. Period.

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Kevin Skiles 2014 UTMB Race Report

So here I am, six thousand feet up on a French mountain beginning to hallucinate hard. The sun went down six hours ago while I was on a different mountain peak. That was the second sunset I had seen in this race and it was sixteen miles behind me, twenty kilometers behind me, six hours behind me, several thousand feet of climbing behind me –several thousand feet of climbing ahead and many miles/km to go.