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UltraRunning May/June 2020

  • Hydrogels: Hype or Hydration?
  • Laura Chancellor’s 100-Mile Journey
  • Pioneer Spirit 50
  • So Much More Than Racing
  • Hydration Packs for Every Body
  • The Birth of the JFK 50
  • A Single-Track Gem: The Ruby Crest Trail

We had just heard about this really cool challenge inspired by David Goggins, where people run 4 miles every 4 hours, for 48 hours. We quickly came up with our own variation that included a 100-mile twist: we would run 4 miles every 4 hours, until we hit 100 miles.

Shawnee Backpack Loop FKT

Like several runners in the trail running community, I decided that this was the perfect time to go after an FKT. I settled on the Shawnee State Forest Backpack Loop, a 38-mile trail loop in southern Ohio that has over 8,000 ft of vert – enough elevation that Shawnee State Forest is known as Ohio’s “Little Smokies.”

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.

By Your Side – A Coach’s Perspective

Coaching and the ultrarunning community are about way more than running. With lives getting turned upside down due to COVID-19, those supportive relationships are especially important right now.

First Look: Merrell MTL Long Sky and MTL Skyfire Shoes

This spring, there are two new models from the Merrell Test Lab, the MTL Long Sky and MTL Skyfire. These new offerings have somewhat similar function – moving fast and securely in mountain terrain – but there are enough differences between the two models to distinguish which shoe works best for its intended purpose.

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