Training is the real litmus test for ultrarunners, because you simply can’t do this sport without putting in tons of miles over several months. Progress is measured in slow increments, and you won’t really know if all the effort is paying off until months later at the finish line of a big race. Real ultrarunners
Story and photos by Mark Shelton Cuyahoga Valley National Park November 15, 2014 Bookended by the first two snowstorms of the 2014 winter, the Sixth Annual Bills’ BadAss 50K (BBA50K) once again defied the odds. You could see the frustration on the faces of race directors and local ultra runners Wild Bill Wagner and Chef
A cool crisp clear New England fall morning greeted the runners who showed up for the fourteenth annual Stone Cat. The race was created in 2001 by Jeff (The Washman) Washburn. Wash did not show up this year to add another loop towards his quest for a finisher’s jacket. Maybe next year he will grace us with his presence.
At 80 years of age, Elisa crossed the finish line of ‘El Cruce’earlier this month. She had run for three days, crossing from Argentina to Chile, through the Andes mountains.
The word inspiration has almost become cliché these days. It’s so overused the true meaning has been diluted and cheapened. Yet there’s no denying that the words others say to us can have the power to, well, inspire.
I guess running the race you also direct is like having someone else make you a sandwich. Or like being a guest at your own dinner party. The food tastes better, the people seem more interesting, the presentation more inspiring.