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.
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.
by Ron Adams Mild, misty weather greeted the runners at the start of the Whistler 50 Ultra, followed by nearly perfect running weather with some sunny breaks later in the day. This year Whistler again was the host race for the ACU (Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners) 50 Mile trail championship. Roy Kok of Vancouver led
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 our personal best time, or even to set records and win
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 evolved over time. They expose new people to the sport;
by Alyssa Godesky With the Ultra Race of Champions occurring two weeks earlier than previous years, it seemed we may beat the snow in Colorado; of course, that wasn’t the case! Runners awoke on UROC morning to a dusting of snow at the peaks around Copper Mountain, where the 2014 course was being run. The