Features

HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs: Returning to the mountains

By Eric Ashley I started putting on sunscreen in the dark.  It was 4:30 in the morning, the pitch-black dark pierced only by the headlamps of other runners and the headlights on the cars of occasional latecomers.  The stars glittered above us, Cassiopeia in her chair, the Big Dipper pouring out its water, and Cygnus

HURL Elkhorn…a Volunteer’s Perspective

by Andrew Cupino I have no race volunteer experience, but the Elkhorn Endurance Run was my first ultra, so it seemed appropriate to be my first volunteer experience as well. In the past two years I had run many a mile through the Elkhorns, so trekking into the Montana backcountry to pump creek water and

Gary Cantrell

For The Challenge

It is the number one answer to the number one question we get as ultrarunners… “Why do you do it?”

“For the challenge!”

The answer sounds so glib that it might come across as a throwaway line.

But the truth is, there are many nuances to the challenge of running ultras.

Joe Uhan

Cutting-Edge Research

A novel new addition to race week at this year’s Western States Endurance Run was the first-ever Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports Conference. Medical research is one of the three pillars of the Western States Foundation Mission, and the formulation of a research conference in conjunction with the race has been in the works for several years.

O24 2014—A Perfect Combination of Wild and Mild

By Keith Flint What a difference a day makes. Only 24 hours before this year’s Outrun 24-Hour Trail Run, it was turning cold and steadily pouring rain on the race director and crew as they prepared for this annual event. The Chapin Forest Preserve in Kirtland, Ohio, like much of the state, seemed unable to

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.