Author Jeffrey Stern

Jeffrey is a dog lover, coach, consultant, writer, and has over a decade of experience in endurance sports - his second mountain bike race ever was the Leadville 100. He fell hard for ultrarunning after completing the Headlands 50k in 2017. Born in Mill Valley, but now residing in sunny Santa Barbara, he loves his hometown Dipsea Race and has completed it 11 consecutive times, as well as the Dipsea Triple Crown in 2018. In his free time he coaches high school cross-country, enjoys exploring the Los Padres National Forest, swimming in the ocean, and helping others in any way he can. www.uponward.com

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Behind the Lens: Kevin Youngblood

We caught up with Kevin Youngblood last week in the midst of what he considers to be the most pivotal moment of his life. “I’m in a truck on the Ice Age Trail at 2:30 a.m. answering questions to be featured in UltraRunning Magazine,” just as he was one day away from finishing a three-plus-week trip following Coree Woltering as he set a new FKT on the trail in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

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Mt. Shasta Trail Runs to Move Forward

Mount Shasta Trail Runs, to be held on June 20, appears to be the first sanctioned race of any kind to take place in California since the Pioneer Spirit 50 Miler went off on March 14, just five days prior to Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Diamond in the Rough: Leah Yingling

The independence and freedom that running had given me since seventh grade was stripped away. I knew that getting back on my feet and leaning into running—rather than away from it—was a step forward in my recovery.

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Behind the Lens: Nick Presniakov

It’s not often that you find a dehydrated and perhaps, still hallucinating ultrarunner who just spent a full day running 100 miles rushing off to clean up in order to get back to the finish line and cheer on other racers. Arguably even less frequently, do you find the outright winner of a 100-miler hustling to get his camera to snap shots of runners coming through the final chute of glory as the “golden hour” of the race approaches.

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Diamond in the Rough: Wes Judd

Illinois native and current Chicago resident Wes Judd possesses the power to turn Type 3 “never going to be fun ever” into Type 1 “always fun,” and it’s his experience using this magical ingenuity that hooked him into ultrarunning.

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Diamond in the Rough: Olivia Amber

Originally from a small town of just over 1,000 people tucked away in the northwest corner of Wisconsin, Olivia Amber was a former All-American Nordic skier at Colby College and is poised to make a name for herself in 2020.

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A February Challenge at FOURmidable 50K

This was the eighth year of the FOURmidable 50K, put on by SingleTrack Running, who uses their mapping sorcery to concoct a 50k that’s not for the faint of heart. Last year, the race was the USATF 50k Championship, so naturally the field was super deep.

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The Rise of Ultrarunning

Participation levels in ultrarunning continue to trend upwards, as well as the number of opportunities around North America for runners to experience their first ultramarathon.

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Diamond in the Rough: Seth Ruhling

What initially drew Chattanooga, TN, ultrarunner Seth Ruhling into the ultrarunning community nearly a decade ago, was the allure of a finisher’s sweatshirt that told the world he ran 40 miles in one day.

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Diamond in the Rough: Kate Olson

Paramount to any race day achievements for Kate is to keep her running lighthearted and adventurous. “There are a lot of longer trails I want to start running on without a clock and a race bib next year. I have plans to do a little more fastpacking too, but the most important part of all of this is making sure it’s always fun.”

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Diamond in the Rough: Gus Gibbs

Prior to volunteering at White River 50 in 2017, Gus Gibbs’ perception of ultrarunners was that they were beyond “crazy,” but unbeknownst to him on that summer day in late July, the madness instantly became appealing. Fast forward to March 2018 and he found himself on the rainy start line of Way Too Cool for his first 50k.

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A Diamond in the Rough: Melissa Flores

After dabbling in half marathons during college and running two road marathons in 2018, Sacramento native and former basketball player Melissa Flores hasn’t looked back since being introduced to the trails by a friend in Santa Barbara.

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A Diamond in the Rough: Rod Farvard

When Rod Farvard crossed the finish line last fall at the Cuyamaca 100K in Julian, California, not only had he just finished his first 100k (his third ultramarathon), won the race and set a new course record in the process, but he thought he’d just punched his ticket to the 2019 Western States Endurance Run. Quite literally a dream come true for this 23-year-old from San Francisco.