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Reflections on a First ”DNF”

“Since when is running 40 miles in under 6 hours the mark of a failure?” my wife asked me — for about the fifth time. I didn’t respond. I was sitting in our hotel room in a sort of depressed fog, the product of cramped hamstrings, blistered feet, mild heat exhaustion and a strong case of self-commiseration.

“When the race is 50 miles,” I finally answered.


Joe Prusaitis: Tejas Trails Sold

Long-time RD and Texas ultrarunning insititution Joe Prusaitis recently announced the sale of his well-known and highly regarded ultra races, including the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler and the Bandera 100k to new owners Chris and Krissy McWatters. We asked Joe if he would be willing to share a bit of his story with us.


Running Across the Sky

Colorado is an oasis of spectacular natural beauty in the middle of thousands of miles of high desert to the west and flat plains to the east. Right at the heart of this beauty is Leadville, with its high alpine terrain surrounded by lower slopes of huge aspen groves mixed with a variety of conifers.


Off the Grid and Super Moosey: Back to Nature at Vermont’s Peak Ultra

I’m equally thankful, however, for races in our sport that are still off the grid. For races, that is, like the Peak Ultra, where the key take-away from the RD’s pre-race meeting is that the terrain you’ll be passing through is, “suuuuuper moosey.”

Hells Hills 2015 at Rocky Hill Ranch

by Chris McWatters The weeks leading up to the race brought a lot of rain and intermittent heat. After everyone watched on, trying to guess the weather forecast for the race weekend, we ended up with a fantastic day! Overcast, not too hot, not too cold. The runners enjoyed a nice challenge with a pretty


No shirt, Trail Shoes…..No Problem!

by Alyssa Godesky The 11th annual Bel Monte Endurance Races took place during a perfect spring day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This came as a much needed escape after a winter of snow and freezing temperatures for most of the participants who trained in the region. With temperatures comfortably in the 50s at the start,