November 2015

  • Running Light Review by Donald Buraglio
  • 10 Keys to Race Directing by John Medinger
  • Spec Ops Your Race by Zane Holscher
  • Tejas Trails Tales by Chris McWatters
  • Castle Peak
  • The Rut
  • Cascade Crest
  • Eastern States
  • Tamalpa Headlands

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Colby at finish of 6 day-750

Age Is Only A Number

Like many utrarunners, Colby Wentlandt is motivated and inspirational. What differentiates Colby from the rest of the ultra-gang, though, is that at 14-years old, he has accomplished more than many will accomplish over their running careers. To date, Colby has completed over a dozen ultramarathons, including a handful at the 100-mile distance.

Cascade Crest 100 veteran runner and volunteer Mark Greenberg loads his truck with aid station supplies. Photo courtesy of Cascade Crest 100.

Grateful for the Journey

Could it be that our strong hearts keep us filled with gratitude? A recent study by U.C. Davis showed that ultrarunners on average, are a healthy bunch of folks. With the median age in the study being just above 40, there were very low occurring instances of high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. Those statistics translate to fewer hours of sick time used at work and lower medical bills, but also mean we have less ailments than most. Something to be grateful for, no doubt.

Gary Cantrell

View from the Open Road: Behind the Sticks

The first good advice that most of us receive, regarding the running of an ultramarathon, is to “break it down” into manageable pieces. And good advice it is. Once the discomfort starts to take hold, it can be quite overwhelming to think about all that

Camille just after winning the IAU 100k for Team USA photo by iRunFar:Bryon Powell

Camille Herron Profile

There are certain women in our sport who can go by their first names. Ann, Ellie, Kami, Darcy – these are just a few of our Madonnas of ultrarunning, if you will. Nikki, Rory, Liza – the list goes on – Pam, Anna and Camille. Now, If you find yourself saying, Camille who?, you certainly won’t be for long.

Joe Uhan

Oh, the Things I Know

When I began this column two years ago, the intent was to bring the historic roots of ultras to today’s newest ultrarunning readers. Driven by the value of sustainability, the notion was to help new runners avoid re-inventing the wheel: to learn the lessons without having to experience, first-hand, the painful mistakes that befell our predecessors.

Mike Bialick running strong during the Tunnel Hill 100. Photo: Mike Howard

Quick & Dirty: Mike Bialick

On Saturday, November 14, Minnesota runner Mike Bialick blazed to a 12:52:53 finish at the Tunnel Hill 100 Mile. The southern Illinois race is designed for speed, tracing a crushed limestone rail trail out and back from the small town of Vienna, IL. Last year, Tracy Falbo ran 14:45:26 in the inaugural race, a time that was a North American record for trail 100-mile at the time.


UltraRunning Magazine Launches The UltraRunning Race Series

UltraRunning Magazine today announced the launch of the UltraRunning Race Series (“URS”), a North American ultrarunning series that scores every North American participant in every North American ultra. Scoring is based on several factors, including fi

Dan Kraft 1 (Credit Nate Dunn)-750

Quick & Dirty: Dan Kraft

Dan Kraft has steadily ascended the ranks of U.S. ultrarunning the last few years. He’s a member of the Nike Trail Elite team and originally hails from Colorado. Kraft currently lives in Issaquah, WA, working the harvest at a small winery, continuing his education from a recently completed Master’s degree in winemaking at Oregon State University.

When Mother Nature Won’t Cooperate

Rain, freezing temperatures, and sweltering heat are a given in ultramarathons. With trail events occurring year-round, there’s a general understanding that sometimes the weather is going to suck. So when does a Race Director decide to pull the plug?

Marvin Mastin finishes his first FlatRock 50K on his 50th birthday. Photo: Rick Mayo / Mile 90 Photography

FLATROCK 50: Rocks that Grow

Any competitor who researches the FlatRock 50K knows what to expect from the course: Rocks. Lots of them. But what the mind knows does not always meld with adrenaline, fresh legs, and a love for trail running.

Photo: Paul Nelson

Volcanic 50: Year of the Fast Runners, and the Hornets

There are two things that will be remembered about the 2015 Volcanic 50. The hornets and the speed. About half of the racers had the unfortunate experience of getting stung by bees. The race directors alerted the runners to known bees near the 28-mile mark during the pre-race announcements, but runners got to interact with bees much earlier on.

Gordy Ainsleigh, Western States 100 founder, pulls the first ticket during the 2014 Western States 100 lottery (photo courtesy of Western States 100 Endurance Run)

All I Want For Christmas

While shoppers begin to plan which big ticket items they’ll purchase on Black Friday, ultrarunners are also busy. Having thrown their names into some big lottery hats for next year’s races, many are waiting with the anticipation of a seven year-old on Christmas Eve.


When to Dump Your Shoes

Industry representatives generally put the lifespan of a shoe between 400 and 600 miles. The mileage you personally can expect to get, however, will vary depending on factors such as your weight, the surface you run on, your foot strike tendencies, whether you switch off pairs from one run to another and of course the resilience of the materials and design.


Living a Full Life

At age 62, having just completed a grueling 100-mile mountain race in which he finished first in his age group, Fred Brooks died suddenly when his car crashed on an interstate highway just hours after the race was completed. He was in the second year of a comeback to ultrarunning after a six-year hiatus.


Water Gap 50K Race Report

Early Saturday morning, driving down winding roads and rolling hills, my stomach fluttering with nervous anticipation, it felt like being on a roller coaster. But we were not at an amusement park. We were en route to the start of the inaugural Water Gap 50K in the Poconos/Delaware Water Gap region of Pennsylvania. Little did I know that this race would also be quite an emotional roller coaster.

Erica Finch and Ross Comer having fun at the White River 50-mile race. Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

Fun or Fast?

If you ask ultrarunners why they got into the sport in the first place, you will hear a range of answers—for health, for a love for the outdoors, for a personal challenge, for an escape from the stresses of work. But I can’t imagine that many ultrarunners would say that they got into running because they wanted to be fast and competitive.