It was a perfect day for a race in the shadow of WWII heroes. Hosted by the Military Museum of Northern Florida, the race is held on a former WWII airbase and loops through magnificent cypress swamps around the perimeter of the old base. Remains of crashed aircraft and old bunkers are still visible.
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The Lakeland 50, held in the Lake District of Cumbria, England, is a tough race. The first seven miles were undulating, but nothing too challenging. Then mile eight happened.
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.”
Friendly cows, a river crossing, navigating a beaver dam, does this experience sound like a pleasant Saturday? This and more were part and parcel of the third annual River’s Edge Ultra which snakes in and out of the North Saskatchewan River valley just west of Edmonton, Alberta.
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”.
The Superior 100 Mile Trail Race was founded in 1991 and is one of ten original 100-mile trail races in the United States
At all of the White Oak Running Company races, the race directors want to focus on each runner’s experience and make sure that they have all they need to have their best day. The fourth running of the Patapsco Valley 50K was by far our best day.
The run-up to Oregon’s Mountain Lakes 100 was a roller coaster ride of wild fires, closed access roads, inaccessible trails, and the very real possibility that the race would be a no go.
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.
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.
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.
When I crossed the finish line of the Silverton Double Dirty 30 55K in September, friend and race director Megan Finnesy hugged me and said, “You’ve redefined what’s possible.”