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2014 Western States 100 Report by Ken Neely

by Ken Neely Running on the track at Placer High School, hearing “Tropical” John Medinger call out the names of me, my crew, and pacers, I breathed a sigh of relief. Sort of. I hadn’t been able to draw a full breath for 30 miles. I crossed the finish line, unable to stop my legs

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 an overview of ultra stats and key

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 overthinking the issue. They simply like to listen to music

Solemates’ CYA 100 and 6/12/24 Hour

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 Prescott , AZ By Mark Hellenthal, RD A 100 miler in Arizona in July? Who in their right minds would sign up for a race like that? 15 brave souls that’s who… and along with them 111 other runners toed the line in the 6, 12 and 24hr races. The race,

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-mile trail course with nary any fuel or

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.