- Becoming a Race Director
- Broken Arrow Skyrace
- Stride Frequency and Running Economy
- The Spirit of Western States
- When a Search-and- Rescue Hits Close to Home
A friend asked me, “Why would you enter a 100-mile ultramarathon? It just seems so outlandish for an otherwise rational thinking person to wish to endure such torture.” My answer was long and he seemed to understand when I was finished. It is my soul that I am searching for out there in the midst of what you called torture.
Only the legendary San Juan Solstice has a higher average elevation for 50 miles, making Sheep Mountain the second highest 50-mile endurance run in America. The course has been described by its runners as “beautifully difficult.” How else could one describe a 50-mile course near 11,000 feet average elevation with around 10,000 feet of elevation gain?
As best I can tell, the GPS mile is somewhere between eight and nine tenths of a mile as measured by a steel tape, a wheel, a surveyor or even a laser beam. Even at a race held on a paved, certified, one-mile loop, the race director was accosted by runners during the event, swearing that the loop distance was far more than a mile… their GPS measurements proved it.
Zach Bitter Zach Bitter comes in at number eight. The Wisconsin middle-school teacher posted the fastest 100-mile time of the…
Emily Harrison Emily Harrison is our number nine ranked woman for 2014. The Virginia native, now living in Flagstaff, Arizona,…
We start our countdown with the tenth ranked runners for 2014. Alex Varner Alex Varner of Mill Valley, California checks…
The lottery for the 2015 running of the Western States 100 Mile, the granddaddy of this country’s 100-mile trail runs,…
The third annual Cuyamaca 100K launched from San Diego’s Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on October 4th this year with the largest field of starters to date. One hundred and eighty-two runners toed the line this year, having travelled from as far away as Poland and Japan.
Last week Cory and I were in Austin, Texas for The Running Event, a tradeshow geared for running specialty retailers. A focal part of the show is the exhibition hall which featured over 100 different running products, services and brands catering to the running market.
Victor Ballesteros of Victory Sportdesign talks with us from The Running Event (TRE) on his variety of bags and a few developments on new products coming up for 2015.