by Shir Regev, Race Director The most beautiful thing about ultra-running is the emphasis placed on effort versus times. This spirit is what makes an ultra-marathon one of the most egalitarian events you will ever see. So even though course records were set in every event this year, I want to frame the day from
There I was. Departing the final Massanutten 100 Mile Endurance Race aid station. Most military guys start stories with “there I was” in case you didn’t know. One steep climb, a steeper downhill and the finish line was within reach. My first 100 mile ultra-marathon nearly complete. Despite the impending finish, running down this hill was agonizing. My ankle looked like a softball, a “minor” issue over the past 18 hours. The injury was not part of my race plan.
Sometimes, the race is the least important part of a trip when traveling for an ultramarathon. Especially when it doesn’t happen.
By Michelle Barton ‘Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity to the human spirit as vital to our lives as water.’ – Edward Abby It is September of 2006 and I’m at work at the running store. My boss tells me, “ You HAVE to meet this woman, She is the REAL deal. She
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.