What is Ultra Running?


UltraRunning is devoted to covering the sport of long distance running, also known as ultramarathoning, or, as we prefer, ultrarunning. How far is “a long distance”? The standard definition is anything past the marathon, or 26.2 miles. However, the shortest standard distance that is considered an ultra is the 50 kilometer distance, or 31.07 miles. Other standard distances are the 50 mile, 100 mile, 100 km, and a series of events that last for specified time periods such as 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, 48 hour, and 6 days.

Occasionally, we extend our editorial coverage to include shorter distances if they merit the tag of “something different;” such races might involve considerable difficulty involving severe terrain, or perhaps a route requiring some navigational abilities.

Our calendar lists races as much as one year in advance of race date.

Our editorial coverage includes:

  • complete results of all ultra races in North America
  • condensed coverage of international races, too.
  • articles dealing with how to train physically and mentally
  • articles dealing with nutrition before and during the race
  • profiles of ultrarunners
  • Unsolicited material is welcome, and will be used as space permits. Please review our submission guidelines for more details.

The magazine appears ten times per year and costs $39.99. Subscribe to UltraRunning today!


1 Comment

  1. Andrew Walsh on

    Hi there, just this Sunday gone I completed my first “ultra” distance race. It came just short of the magic 51k, @ 48.730. It’s a big debate now amongst some friends of mine as to wether I can class it as an ultra, I am you see. It was across some of the harshest bog land in the Yorkshire dales in snow and ice. With a total elevation of 5000ft, would this fall into the something different bracket. Many thanks Andrew Walsh.