Ann, With new “championship” races popping up and new race series on the scene, what are your thoughts about prize money in ultrarunning? Is it a good thing? Should it increase? Dear Alan, The growth of the prize money and “championship” races is definitely a hot topic in the beloved ultrarunning community. It is
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.
Western States is just a few days away. We have compiled some of the best interviews, podcasts and predictions leading up to the race. Live Coverage iRunFar UltraSportsLive.tv UltraLive.net Previews 2014 Western States 100 Men’s Preview 2014 Western States 100 Women’s Preview OFFICIAL: WESTERN STATES ENDURANCE RUN COURSE PREVIEW Interviews Pre- WS 100 ’14 Interviews
Few races in our sport are as eagerly anticipated or widely followed as Western States 100. Maybe that’s because it’s the first 100, or the deep and elite field. Or that it’s the culmination of the Montrail Ultra Cup. Or maybe it’s because of the incredible tradition and history of the trail itself, coupled with the amazing volunteers and best-in-class race organization. Most likely, it’s all of the above.
If you pull out the DVD from the 1986 Western States 100, there’s a shot of winner Chuck Jones descending toward the Rucky Chucky river crossing. He looks straight into the camera and says, “I love runnin’.”
In early March, for the first time in nearly eight years, I started coaching high school running. Coaching high school track and cross-country a dozen years ago – and the frustration of seeing my kids injured – first inspired me to leave behind my career as a laboratory chemist and become a physical therapist. But,