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BPAC 6 Hour Race Report

by Carl Pegels, Race Director Emeritus Ultrarunning is still alive in the Western New York area. This year’s 6-hour race is in its 35th year. The first ultra race in Buffalo was a 50-mile race in 1980, which has since changed to the 6-hour format. The current race director, Sue Devlin has been doing an

Zach Bitter (photo by Kristin Steele)

Zach Bitter: Fastest 100-Miler In US History

Late last year Zach Bitter emerged as the fastest American in the history of long distance ultrarunning, setting an American record for 100 miles on a track in 11 hours and 47 minutes (roughly a 7 minute 4 second per mile pace) at Desert Solstice last December. He also set the world record for covering

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How To Increase Your Walking Efficiency

Mention race walking to a runner or ultramarathoner and they usually have one of two reactions: they laugh and mock the hip-wiggling, much-maligned Olympic event, or they speak of it with respect either from trying it themselves or because they were passed late in a race by a steady-paced heel-to-toer.

Inaugural Snake River Island Hop

by Shir Regev, RD If you measure the success of a run simply by the number of entrants, the inaugural Snake River Island Hop (SRIH) was a monumental failure with only 16 paid runners (and a freeloading Race Director).  However, if you change your rubric to the ratio of collective wins and personal victories to

Lt. JC Stone 50K 2014 Race Report

by Lou D’Angelo, RD All week the forecast called for rain, so we were ready for it when it DIDN’T RAIN! I was one happy race director. The 2014 Lt. JC Stone 50K had record sign-ups and the largest field ever. We had 106 register and 89 make it to the start. This year we had

Spring Thaw Tune-up – Glacier Ridge

by Victor E. Vouga Trying to predict weather conditions for an early spring race in Western Pennsylvania is an elusive and ultimately unfruitful exercise, even though it never dissuades me from repeatedly scouring the ten-day forecasts prior to race day. In getting ready for the 2014 Glacier Ridge Trail Ultramarathon and Trail Race, I was