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Married for 46 years, Dan and Kathy Harshburger knew that if they didn’t take the opportunity to visit Patagonia now, there was a good possibility they would never get the chance again. With 14 days of mountain running through Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, and Tierra del Fuego National Parks across Southern Chile and Argentina, they had their work cut out for them.

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On Wednesday, we laid my mother to rest. On Sunday I ran the Houston Marathon and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. It was the last possible date to do so. I was wearing my mother’s ring and holding back tears. On the first day of the New Year, my Dad had called during dinner. … …

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Ultrarunner News from Around the World: Dakota serves up a healthy plate of sass with some funny answers to common ultrarunner questions. Here’s an account of Dom’s attempt at a fifty miler on little specified training. How to become a beer runner. I dunno, a bit played out? New flavors …

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Some people quit a sport for no apparent reason and others linger in their sport well beyond their prime. We discuss that topic along with everything from motocross racing to injuries from doing good deeds. We also announce the winners of the hat/beanie giveaways. Share with your friends (if you don’t like them and want […]

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As mentioned previously, I signed up for the Avalon 50 miler with an honest expectation of experiencing ultrarunning's stern and bitter adjudication for the undertrained. Perhaps I could have meditated about my 2008 Mt. Disappointment 50 miler (a truly brutal death march through hell, climbing up Edison Fire Road in 100 degree heat, a painful descent down the technical Silver Mocasin Trail with IT bands screaming, before a crushing final climb up Mt. Wilson with 46 miles on my virgin legs). Maybe that would have reminded me how capable and consistent Jorge Pacecho is in every Southern California ultra, and how to respect distance and terrain. I'd been going agnostic on ultrarunning; forgetting about the magic and joy of a well-executed race, working 12 hour days, and focusing on everything else in my life (Katie, work, sleep, holidays).

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Ultramarathon News from Around the World: Ian teaches us base training for ultramarathons.  Good stuff. So important: How to avoid runner’s burnout. America has more breweries now than ever before…and that’s causing some problems. Here’s a study on how injury affects student athletes, but many of the findings can be …

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Mile 25.8- Head up, Wings out. Photo by Andrea Duke

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The Hellcat 50km race on Jan 9 2016, is held annually to commemorate the F6F Hellcat Navy fighter of WWII fame. It is held on the old Navy air base in Green Cove Springs Fl. The base is now an industrial park but the old runways, bunkers etc. are still there. The race loops the outer perimeter 5 times.

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Episode 60 is about adventures outside of the standard weekend organized ultra races. Naomi Plasterer and Libby Sauter join and the conversation covers things like rock climbing, El Capitan, Nolan’s 14, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion and their Triple Crown.  Oh and a healthy dose of bodily functions.  Listen in and hear how it all gets pieced together.  These are two hardcore outdoor folks- having fun.

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My running buddy, Rob Mann, and I chose the 50 mile version of this fatass run along, I believe, with just one other runner, Chihping Fu. We were somewhat familiar with the 50K version of the event since we’d done it the previous year totally solo, and this year we decided we would guarantee not getting lost ...

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"I love the process and the journey." An inspiration and aspiration of mine Yassine Diboun has done a lot and through those adventures his knowledge shines through in this podcast. I am so grateful for being able to discuss with him, we talk about being vegan, ultrarunning, life, adventure, and living simply. With 3 top ten finishes at Western States 100 and just this weekend a 3rd place finish at the HURT 100 in an amazing 22 hours and 39 minutes and so many other accomplishments this guy knows his stuff. Please be inspired and motivated to go out and go far, go further by Yassine Diboun. Be better. http://yassinediboun.com/ 

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Ultramarathon News on MLK Day: Check it out: The top ten female ultramarathon performances of all time.  Well researched and intriguing list. What do you think? This guy started an apparel company and one of his marketing stunts was to run a half marathon in a full suit.  Wound up …

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Get up early. Get up and get out there. Get up and run. Get up and push. Get up and adventure. Get up. Get up. Get up.  

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Given there are plenty of annual lists at this time of year for best performances and runners, it got me thinking about the very best ultra performances of all time. Obviously it's impossible to have some perfect formula to compare every aspect of one performance to another, but I used my own experience from road, track and trail racing (as well as coaching elite women) to consider the most impressive female runs ever and have included the equivalent list for men 

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Ultrarunner News for Friday Ten ultrarunner trends that Wyatt wants to see ended this year.  Do you agree? I’m assuming this is the same Billy Barnett featured in Born to Run.  Now he’s a teacher in Hawaii. Which top runners are heading to UTMB this year?  Here’s a list from …

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Liysa Mendels lives in New York City. On December 5, 2015 she finished the Staten Island Greenbelt 50k and became an ultramarathon finisher. Congratulations Liysa! Fun fact: Liysa benefited from joining a local group called the November Project, a free fitness movement that has groups in cities all over North America. Runners from all levels are welcome and you can get more details at November-Project.com. Liysa's favorite running movie: Unbreakable: the Western States 100 Liysa's most recent podcast listens: The Moth, 99% Invisible, Limetown The Ultrafinishers podcast is completely listener supported. If you would like to help, you can do so at ultrafinishers.com/support.

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Your Daily Dose of Ultramarathon News: Take a few minutes and watch this. Some incredible footage from trails all over the world. Breaking News from AP: Putin was involved in IAAF cover up of doped athletes.  Running is about to overtake cycling in the most corrupt sport of this generation. It’s …

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For the fans of brevity, this post in short: I'm pretty happy with last year, I'm at an encouraging place with my injuries, I'm back to training, and I've got some fun races coming up!

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Some of this is tongue-in-cheek and some of this is sincere. I'll let you, the reader, decide what's serious and what's meant as fun. I'm sure some folks are going to get all twisted up over a few items listed below so let the hate mail begin. Without further delay, here are 10 trends I hope go away, or mostly go away, in 2016.

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