Author Archives: Karl Hoagland

Karl Hoagland

The Limits Of Human Potential…

Recent accomplishments by ultrarunners are re-setting the bar at levels never before imagined. Every week it seems there are more audacious headlines – the PCT record smashed by 6 days; a new FKT on the John Muir Trail; 13-year-old Double Badwater record eclipsed; two intrepid ultrarunners complete six 100-mile races in 13 weeks; new American

Karl Hoagland

On Injuries And Aging

If we avoid injury for many years, at some point, time and age catch up to us, and a decade later, something gives out. For me, this was my left ankle, and the real culprit was excessive abuse in my teens and 20s at other sports. But ultimately after a few DNFs and pain with every step I opted for surgery on April 23, 2013, a day I’ll never forget.

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New Media Enhances Coverage Of Ultrarunning

Live coverage of major ultramarathons has evolved and grown substantially in the past 15 years, and this year Western States 100 brought the most comprehensive and reliable coverage yet of a North American ultramarathon. It was back in 2000 under the vision of new RD Greg Soderlund that the internet and its capabilities became a

Karl Hoagland

How Do You Like Your Drama?

Drama. It’s essentially people facing challenges with uncertain outcomes. In good drama there’s always conflict and a “crisis” to be overcome… or not. The best drama elicits strong emotional responses from those watching it unfold. Drama in many forms is everywhere in our entertainment- and stimulation-obsessed society. With modern-day conveniences and technology it’s hard to

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.

Karl Hoagland

Springtime for Ultrarunners

For ultrarunners spring is a time for training and preparing for all of the audaciously long and arduous things we do on trails, roads and tracks.  It is a time for putting in the work so we can meet our goals at upcoming races – whether those goals are completion of new distances, new events