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Got Hallucinations?

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You’re in Virginia running through a dark forest on a ridge above the Shenandoah Valley. You’re exhausted. It’s about 24 hours into the race and the first hint of dawn is turning the black forest into a shadowy gray ghost world. Up ahead you spot a big

UltraRunning July 2014

  • Endurance Fuel Review by Sunny Blende
  • Mid-year Reassessment by Ellie Greenwood
  • Weight Vest Training by Ian Sharman
  • Ultra Profile – Zach Bitter
  • Step Back from the Ledge by Gary Cantrell
  • It’s All About The Buckle by Luis Escobar
  • Pushing Through the Lows by Dean Karnazes
  • On Not Finishing by Kristyn Bacon
  • Burnout by Errol Jones
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Recent Features

Gary Dudney

Getting to Know YOU

Ultrarunning is an endurance sport and as such it requires you to push yourself up to your limits. As you approach these limits and work to overcome them, you will find yourself facing similar physical and mental challenges over and over. Ultrarunning is testing you to see if you are learning from your mistakes, if you are equipping yourself to better deal with these challenges.

Ellie Greenwood

Midyear Reassessments

As a reader of UltraRunning magazine for the past several years, one of my favorite issues has always been the January “Year in Review”; a look back at the past 12 months in our sport. It provides an in-depth analysis of who ran what and how fast, plus

Gary Dudney

Music On The Run

Whoa, whoa, chill out. First, don’t be messin’ with my tunes. Second, don’t ever be messin’ with my tunes. Lots of ultrarunners plug into music while they’re training and while they’re out on a race course. My guess is that most of them are not overthi

Errol and Tropical John at the start of the 1994 Western States.

The Old Guard And The New

By now it’s old news to many about that fateful day in August of 1974 when Gordy Ainsleigh’s horse wound up lame and he decided to take to the trails on foot against the mounted riders of the Tevis Cup 100 in California’s Sierras. He completed the 100-

On Not Finishing

I’m not going to give my story or my excuses, or place blame or defend myself. I didn’t finish. Those are the only words it needs. I didn’t finish, and I went home crying in the middle of the night, showered crying in the middle of the night and fell asleep crying and cramping in the middle of the night. When I woke up, I told my family and apologized. I was embarrassed and ashamed and exhausted, physically and emotionally.

Zach Bitter (photo by Kristin Steele)

Zach Bitter: Fastest 100-Miler In US History

Late last year Zach Bitter emerged as the fastest American in the history of long distance ultrarunning, setting an American record for 100 miles on a track in 11 hours and 47 minutes (roughly a 7 minute 4 second per mile pace) at Desert Solstice last

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How To Increase Your Walking Efficiency

Mention race walking to a runner or ultramarathoner and they usually have one of two reactions: they laugh and mock the hip-wiggling, much-maligned Olympic event, or they speak of it with respect either from trying it themselves or because they were passed late in a race by a steady-paced heel-to-toer.

Karl Hoagland

The Ultra Community

One of the greatest things about our sport is its spirit of collective effort. At ultramarathons it’s as if we are racing with, not against, each other. Maybe it’s because running so far is so daunting that people “pull together” to overcome the challenge. Or maybe it’s simply that the nature and values of people attracted to this sport selfselects for friendly, helpful people.

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Pre 2014 Western States Roundup

Western States is just a few days away. We have compiled some of the best interviews, podcasts and predictions leading up to the race. Live Coverage iRunFar UltraSportsLive.tv UltraLive.net Previews 2014 Western States 100 Men’s Preview 2014 Western St