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El Camino de Lavaca: Quintessentially Texan

What sets El Camino de Lavaca apart from other ultra stage races is its cultural objective, specifically the “Painted Churches” around which the pilgrimage was planned. The point, according to John T. Sharp, its creator and director, is “existential discovery, historical appreciation, religious reflection and self-actualization.”

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Tunnel Hill 100 2017

The story of Tunnel Hill 2017 will be Camille Herron and rightly so. This is the story of those of us who squeaked in just under 24 hours for that special buckle, those of us who just made the 30-hour cutoff and those of us running our first 100-miler.

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Hunter S. Thompson Fear & Loathing 50: Shots, Santas and Seagulls

The course of the 33rd annual Hunter S. Thompson Fear & Loathing 50-Mile, an ultramarathon that roughly follows 49-Mile Scenic Drive through the city streets of San Francisco. It starts and ends at Twin Peaks, one of the highest points in the city with stunning views. The only rule of this particular race is to “not get hit by a car”.

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Ozone Endurance Challenge

Tucked away in the forested East Tennessee hills of the Cumberland Plateau lies Camp Ozone. The camp, which typically serves as the headquarters for summer youth programs, has also become known as the home for the Ozone Endurance Run

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Hawk Hundred: Photographer Communications

My husband and photography partner Rick Mayo and I went our separate ways after the start of the Hawk Hundred, a 100- and 50-mile trail race hosted by the Lawrence Trail Hawks, to capture photographs of the runners in various states of suffering and euphoria.

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Burning Man Ultra

Are you the kind of runner seeking races that run past flaming pieces of art, kissing booths, tutus, epic sunrises, dust storms, costumed dancers and people offering you champagne, rum, cigarettes and whiskey? If you answered YES, you belong at the Burning Man Ultramarathon.

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CT Trailmixers Fall Fling 400: One More Loop!

The runner turns the final corner and sees the start/finish area. Cowbells clang and shouts reach through the cold New England air. “One more loop!” the spectators cry again. “One more loop!” This is the spirit of the Fall Fling 400 presented by the CT Trailmixers trail running club at YMCA Camp Sloper in central Connecticut.

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Willamette Headwaters Endurance Events 50K

I started the Willamette Headwaters Endurance Events (WHEE Run) to share one of my favorite trials and also as a fundraiser for local charities. The trail has everything I love: technical footing, hills and lots of awesome scenery.

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Heartland 100: Walking the Razor’s Edge

The old Mark Twain saying, “If you don’t like the weather… just wait a few minutes,” is often bandied about in spring and fall. But a particular October cold front that draped across the Great Plains the day of the running of Heartland 100 in Cassoday, Kansas took that saying to the extreme.

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Journey of Redemption: Superior Fall 100

The world has felt unmoored lately… loosed from its tethers, drifting, unrecognizable at times. We seek to understand events we cannot fathom, to find the meaning behind natural and man-made chaos, to go through the closed plate-glass windows of friends who are suffering too much to reach out for help. Teasing out our place in the shifting patterns of things, we return, so inevitably, to the certainty of the woods and long trails.

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Hixon 50K: In the Heart of the Forest

With its third running in 2017, Hixon 50K is a relatively new event set in a region that’s made for trail running. The dense forests and craggy limestone rock faces that make up the unglaciated terrain of western Wisconsin’s Coulee Region beg for a foot race.

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Success at My Third Habanero Hundred

Two months before my third Habanero 100 attempt, I started waking up at 3:30 a.m. to run 10 miles to work. It was quite the sacrifice but it helped my mental stamina for doing something that isn’t fun or easy.

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Uwharrie 100 Mile/100K: Now Entering the Land that Time Forgot

At the start of the Uwharrie 100, you depart Wood Run Trail Head and are swallowed up immediately by a thick, dark, mysterious forest. Underfoot are protruding rocks and a snake pit of tangled roots, all camouflaged by a layering of dead leaves. The 20.5 mile trail, which follows a figure eight route, will prove to be an almost unbroken minefield of trip hazards.

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Finger Lakes 50s: Wetter than Ever

Now in its 29th year, the Finger Lakes 50s Trail Races is one of the oldest ultramarathons in New York State. The course loops around the Finger Lakes National Forest, winding through lush beds of pines, exposed cow pastures with expansive countryside views, shaded equestrian trails, and some rolling hills through the woods.

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Stumbling through Rocksylvania at Eastern States 100

Somewhere I’ve seen Eastern States referred to as a “Massanutten 100 on Steroids.” The course is a work of art: one giant loop through the Tiadaghton State Forest with a scenic lakeside finish area in Little Pine State Park. Pine Creek Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” cuts through the center.

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Kunkel, Howard, Brave Humidity to Win 50-Mile Titles at Mountainback

Deep in the central Pennsylvania forest, past mile 20 where the route scuffs 1,300 feet upward across 3+ miles, a hanging fog thrust into the canopies of turning leaves adding an air of mystery. But it was here that steady tracks would burn away any uncertainty about who would dominate the action in the quest for top honors in the USA 50-Mile Road Championships.

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Chasing After My Triple Crown of 200s Dream

Last August, I completed Bigfoot 200 and could not conceive of how my friends were going on to complete Tahoe 200 just three weeks later. The idea of doing back-to-back 200s seemed impossible to me at the time. Throwing in a third once seemed inconceivable. Several months later, I found myself feeling inquisitive and eager to find out if it was possible for me to accomplish the Triple Crown of 200s.

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The Bear 100: Fall Colors on Display

The Bear 100, with its stunning scenery, lack of pavement, abundance of singletrack, and just plain difficulty has proven to be one of the most popular and compelling 100s in the nation. Fall colors are one of the race’s mainstays.

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