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UltraRunning February 2020

  • 2019: The Year In Review by John Medinger
  • Ultrarunners Of The Year
  • 2019 Top Times
  • Ones to Watch in 2020
  • Winning Nutrition at Big’s
  • Fastest Known Times Of The Year
  • Biggest North American Ultras
  • Performances Of The Year
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HOKA One One EVO Mafate

HOKA One One picked up Jim Walmsley shortly after his first foray at Western States in 2016 – the one that was infamously derailed by the missed left turn. He’s been involved with shoe development and prototype testing since then, and the EVO Mafate is an example of how his contributions have improved the performance aspects of existing HOKA models.

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White Lake Ultras: Margaritaville in New Hampshire

On May 5, 2018 Rockhopper Races launched its first race in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Although White Lake Ultras was not held on the rugged terrain that the White Mountains are known for, it did provide a variety of trails that went around White Lake. There were beautiful mountain views from parts of the 2.9-mile race course as well as snowmobile trails and technical single track.

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Destination Unknown: The Spirit of Western States, The Soul of Ultra

Seeing some of the Golden Hour finishers I had assisted in some small way successfully complete their journey to Auburn was a pinnacle moment for me after two decades of ultrarunning. There always will be, no matter how mainstream this sport goes, the nowhere-near-first multitudes comprising the heart of Ultra quietly grinding it out for the simple satisfaction of proving to themselves they could do it.

The Borg

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.

Running the Elephant – Tahoe 200

I cannot believe that I was brave enough to even start this event. One hundred miles actually WAS quite enough for me each of my 15 experiences, thank you. Yet, when I first heard about the 200-mile loop around Lake Tahoe, I knew I had to do it.

A Hot Hundred Kay at Cuyamaca

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.

Update From The Running Event

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.

On Change

Other than death and taxes, change is one of life’s big, dark inevitabilities. But unlike the other two, it doesn’t…

Cactus Rose 100

by Joe Prusaitis Cactus Rose celebrated her 8th anniv with a warmer than usual attitude, providing her usual stabs and…

Strava Games

When I was much younger, but still old enough to know better, we used to play a game involving bicycles…

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