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Courtney Dauwalter is the 2018 Ultra Runner of the Year. Dauwalter had a prodigious year, running 12 ultras and winning nine of them. She showed remarkable range, winning races from 50K to 279 miles. She had major wins at Western States, posting the second fastest women’s time ever, and Japan’s Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji. Perhaps her most talked about race was Big’s Backyard Ultra, a quirky-format event where runners have to complete a 4.1-mile loop every hour to stay in the competition. She did this for 68 consecutive hours before yielding. A star cross-country skier at the University of Denver, Dauwalter lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband Kevin.

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Jeff Browning is the second ranked runner in 2018. Browning had an impressively consistent year, winning three 100-milers, placing third at Run Rabbit Run and fifth at Western States. A graphic artist, gear designer and running coach, ”Bronco Billy” lives in Logan, Utah with his wife Jennifer and their three children.

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Darcy Piceu is the third ranked woman for 2018. Piceu was undefeated at the 100-mile distance, impressively winning on four significantly different courses – the highly technical HURT 100, the severely mountainous Ronda dels Cims in Andorra, the mountainous but runnable Angeles Crest, and the swift Javelina 100. A psychologist and counselor, the three-time Hardrock champion lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Dylan Bowman is ranked fourth in the Ultra Runner of the Year balloting for 2018. “DBo” had an outstanding year, winning two major international races, Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji in Japan and Tarawera 100K in New Zealand. He also placed a very close second at Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS), the 119km race in the UTMB series.

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Kaytlyn Gerbin is ranked 5th among the women for 2018. She set a course record while winning the Bear 100, was 2nd at Western States and 10th in the World Trail Championships in Spain. Gerbin, who has a PhD in bioengineering, is a scientist at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Ely.

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Jason Schlarb is the 6th ranked man for 2018. Schlarb had a very busy year, winning Run Rabbit Run 100, Ultra Trail Oman, and the Desert RATS 50K, while placing 2nd at the Eiger Ultra Trail 101K in Switzerland and Mt. Gaoligong 55K in China. When not traipsing around the globe, the former Montana State track athlete lives in Durango, Colorado.

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Amanda Basham is the 7th ranked woman for 2018. Basham won the UROC 100K, was 2nd at the Tarawera 100K in New Zealand, and 4th at Western States. Originally from Sweet Home, Oregon, she now lives in North Logan, Utah.

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Mark Hammond checks in at number eight in the 2018 voting. The highly consistent Hammond placed third at Western States 100 and second at Run Rabbit Run 100 – both places identical to the previous year. He also finished eighth at Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji in his first international race.

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Katie Schide is the ninth ranked runner for 2018. She won two major European races—the Madeira Island Ultra in Portugal, and the MaXi Race International in France. Katie was also second at the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC) 101km.

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Jared Hazen was voted in at number 10 in the Ultrarunner of the Year balloting. Originally from Titusville, Pennsylvania, Hazen won the JFK 50 in November, posting the second fastest time in the 57-year history of the race despite muddy conditions.

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: Dec 18 / Jan 19 Print+Digital Dec 18 / Jan 19 (Digital Only) Features Our Favorite Things by Donald Buraglio IMTUF by Gary Dudney Mountain Lakes 100 by Sarah Graham Run Rabbit Run 100 by Donald Buraglio Hennepin Hundred by Tom Miller  ultracoach ASK ANN The [...]

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The Trail Running Film Festival has grown to include a nation wide tour that showcases two hours of the top films to inspire and cultivate current and future trail running athletes. Join the tour at any of the 40+ cities through the end of December.

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Amy Clark will be the new editor for UltraRunning Magazine beginning with the December/January 2018 issue. Amy is an editor, freelance writer and ultrarunner, and was previously a columnist for ultrarunning.com.

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: November 2018 Print+Digital November 2018 (Digital Only) Features Headlamps Review by Donald Buraglio Behind the Lens by Scott Rokis Twisted Branch Trail Run by Michael Welden Run the Rut by Mike Foote Leadville Trail by Ben Dicke High Lonesome 100 by Caleb Efta, RD  ultracoach ASK [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: October 2018 Print+Digital October 2018 (Digital Only) Features Fall Shoe Review by Donald Buraglio Have You Everested? by Paul Hooge Running From Depression by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN Badwater by Cory Reese Profile: Jennifer Nissen by Jodi Weiss Ragged 50 by Richard Bolt, Tom Hooper and [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: September 2018 Print+Digital September 2018 (Digital Only) Features Lightweight Running Jackets by Donald Buraglio Running for Freedom by Tyler Tomasello Our Own Alp Adventure by Rebecca and Andy Anderson Hardrock by Howie Stern Broken Arrow Skyrace by Ethan Veneklasen Last Runner Standing by Julie Moulton  ultracoach [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: July 2018 Print+Digital July 2018 (Digital Only) Features GPS Watches Review by Donald Buraglio Western States by John Trent San Diego 100 by Scotty Mills Quest for the Crest by Aaron Stredny Ultra Race of Champions by James Russell Gill  ultracoach ASK ANN The Post-Race Blues [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: July 2018 Print+Digital July 2018 (Digital Only) Features The Mental Approach of Elite Endurance Athletes by Tyler W. Baxley Finding Peace in Ultrarunning by Scott Waldrop Summer Running Apparel Review by Donald Buraglio Barkley Marathons by Gary Cantrell Lake Sonoma by Karl Hoagland The Canyons by [...]

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Features The Mental Approach of Elite Endurance Athletes by Tyler W. Baxley Finding Peace in Ultrarunning by Scott Waldrop Summer Running Apparel Review by Donald Buraglio Barkley Marathons by Gary Cantrell Lake Sonoma by Karl Hoagland The Canyons by Kristin Carbajal Umstead by Ryan Hampton Zumbro by Amy Clark The Georgia Death Race by Aaron [...]

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Over at UItraRunningGuy.com we recently held a contest called “Top Ten Signs You Are Training (Too) Hard For Your Next Ultra". There were so many entries that it became the Top 20 because, just like your mileage, ten simply isn’t enough.

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LEKI is excited to announce the LEKI Full Ride Scholarship to Timothy Olson’s Run Mindful Retreat taking place in Boulder, CO, June 7-10. The scholarship includes registration fees, air travel, lodging and LEKI Trail Running gear for one deserving trail runner.

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: May/June 2018 Print+Digital May/June 2018 (Digital Only) Features Growth of the Sport by Karl Hoagland Sunglasses Review by Donald Buraglio The Race Is Canceled? I Don’t Think So. by Josie Rozell The Running Bonnetts: Everything in Excess by Wendy White Mountain Mist by Dink Taylor, RD [...]

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Orange Mud and UltraRunning Magazine will be giving away 4 Orange Mud Endurance Packs

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: April 2018 Print+Digital April 2018 (Digital Only) Features Hydration Vest Reviews by Donald Buraglio The Long Shadow of Depression by Christina Bauer Orcas Island 100 by Mark Marzen HURT 100 by Stan Jensen, RD Sean O’Brien by Kate Elliott Frozen Gnome by Tara R. Flesch  ultracoach [...]

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VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, and ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., a world leader in home, commercial and connected fitness, today announced that they have signed a definitive purchase agreement for the Altra® footwear brand. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: March 2018 Print+Digital March 2018 (Digital Only) Features Longevity in Ultrarunning by Sean Meissner Wool Running Tops by Donald Buraglio Darcy Piceu Interview Brazos Bend 100 by Ronnie Delzer Pinhoti by Gordon Harvey Pinhoti: Thanks, Mom! by Drew Dinan Hellgate by Dr. David Horton The Back [...]

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Ultimate Direction, the leading brand in hydration and wearable gear innovations, has signed Hardrock 100 winner and global adventurer Anna Frost. Known by fans and friends as “Frosty,” the New Zealand native is now based in southern Colorado near the San Juan mountains. This season Anna will combine trail racing with fast packing and yoga-focused [...]

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Each year a few races attract a large number of elite runners. In this analysis, we have examined the races in which those who received votes for Runner of the Year competed. Giving the runners of the year 40 points, the runners-up 39 points, and so on, we have devised a system for determining which races had the most competitive fields.

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: February 2018 Print+Digital February 2018 (Digital Only) Features The Year in Review by John Medinger Female Ultrarunners of the Year Male Ultrarunners of the Year Performances of the Year Age Group Performances of the Year Camille Herron Interview Jim Walmsley Interview Top Finishers Most Notable Fastest [...]

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The AT has a long history of very strong efforts with the men including David Horton ’91, Pete Palmer ’99, Andrew Thompson ’05, Scott Jurek ’15, and Karl Meltzer ’16, all supported. Joe McConaughy bettered them all while going Self-Supported, being 10 hours faster than “Speedgoat” from the previous year.

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François D’Haene smashed the previous supported JMT FKT by over 12 hours, running the route northbound, and was the first person to complete the route under 3 days. His approach was unusual in that by choosing to run in mid-October he gave up daylight in exchange for cooler temperatures and easier access to hiking permits for the area. He also had pacers the entire way, probably a first.

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Ashley Nordell has the fastest time Overall (Women & Men) on the Ozark Highlands Trail. The previous best was also by a woman, Jenny Foster, 2d 14h 25m (2009). Iker Karrera bested Andrew Hamilton’s time from June on the Nolan's 14 by 6h, 2m, including significant time spent being lost.

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The California Coastal Trail combines wilderness, beach, and urban running/hiking for 1,200 miles along the coast of CA. An OKT (Only Known Time), Larson’s self-supported trip was an adventure in every sense, and was documented by satellite tracking and an evocative, complete report.

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Bryan Williams took the Collegiate West option of the Colorado Trail, which is a little longer (83 vs. 78 miles), with more vertical gain and a generally higher altitude, than the Collegiate East route taken by other FKT trips. Nevertheless, he beat Scott Jamie’s 2013 time by over 7 hours.

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Camille Herron is the female Ultra Runner of the Year for 2017. Herron’s spectacular year included winning the prestigious Comrades Marathon in South Africa and setting a world record for 100 miles with a stunning 12:42:40 clocking at the Tunnel Hill 100. Four weeks after the 100 mile record, she doubled back to set another world record for 12 hours with a 92.665 total, breaking Ann Trason’s 1991 mark. She also showed her versatility in winning the Tarawera 100K in New Zealand and placing second at the Bandera 100K. She lives in Warr Acres, Oklahoma and currently works as a Research Assistant in Osteoimmunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Tim Freriks is the number two ranked male for 2017. Freriks year included two major wins - Transvulcania in Spain and The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 in San Francisco. He showed his versatility by winning the Flagstaff Sky Race and placing second at the Broken Arrow Sky Race. The former Northern Arizona University track standout recently he finished his nursing degree. He lives in Flagstaff.

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Magdalena Boulet is the number 3 ranked woman for 2017. Boulet, who was Ultra Runner of the Year in 2015, placed second at the Western States 100, Lake Sonoma 50, and Tarawera 100K. Born in Poland, Boulet became a U.S. citizen on September 11, 2001 and was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. She lives in Oakland, California where she is Vice President of Research and Innovation for GU Energy Labs.

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Hayden Hawks of St. George, Utah checks in as the number 4 ranked man for 2017. Hawks strong year included a win at Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC), the 100K race in the UTMB series. He also won the Red Hot Moab 55K, placed second at Chuckanut and third at The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships in San Francisco. Hawks took to the trails after a stellar track career at Southern Utah University, where he posted school records in the 5000 meters (13:51) and 10,000 meters (28:53).

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Cat Bradley of Boulder, Colorado is the fifth ranked woman for 2017. Bradley won the prestigious Western States 100 in her debut race there. She excelled on the Western States course, winning both the “big dance” and The Canyons 100K. She burst into the elite ranks in late 2016 with a course record win at the Rio del Lago 100. A kindergarten teacher who was laid off in March, Bradley took full advantage of the extra time to train and good fortune - she got into Western States via the lottery, with only one ticket and a 2.5% chance of getting drawn.

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Olivier Leblond of Alexandria, Virginia is number 6 in the voting for Ultra Runner of the Year. Leblond set an American Record at 48 hours, posting 262.181 miles at the Icarus Ultra. He also won the Umstead 100 and the Yeti 100 and was seventh at the IAU 24-Hour World Championships.

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YiOu Wang is the number 7 ranked woman for 2017. Wang won the highly competitive Lake Sonoma 50, placed second at Chuckanut and set a course record while winning the Quicksilver 50K. She is currently on a yearlong sabbatical from her job as Dean of Curriculum at a private school in Marin County, California.

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Jeff Browning is ranked number 8 for 2017. Fourth at Western States and 20

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Gina Slaby is the #9 woman for 2017. Slaby won six races during the year and placed fourth at the World 24-Hour Championships in Northern Ireland.  A Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Slaby lives in Seabeck, Washington.

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Patrick Reagan is the 10th in the voting for Ultra Runner of the Year.  Reagan, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, won the Javelina 100, breaking Zach Bitter’s course record in the process. He was second at Ultravasan, a highly competitive 90km race in Sweden, and 12th at Comrades in South Africa.

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The 2017 inductee into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame breaks a mold.  As he did 40 years ago—although that was more a case of creating a mold.  He is the first in the 14 year history of the Hall of Fame to be inducted not primarily based on pure athletic performance.  But that doesn’t [...]

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Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run : Official. Kia ora, welcome to New Zealand’s ultimate endurance challenge. Feb. 10-11 2018. A tour of 8 lakes in Rotorua NZ. Join us for this epic 100% Pure New Zealand adventure! The largest and most diverse trail ultra in NZ’s history. Nearly 2000 runners from 50+ countries will be [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: Dec/Jan 2017 Print+Digital Dec/Jan 2017 (Digital Only) Features December and January: a Special Time by Karl Hoagland Our Favorite Things by Donald Buraglio The Skinny on Skimo by Buzz Burrell Self-Supported Long Runs by Kyle Boelte Superior Fall Trail Races by Amy Clark The Georgia Jewel by Jenny [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: November 2017 Print+Digital November 2017 (Digital Only) Features Headlamps Review by Donald Buraglio Ultra Couples by Amy Rusiecki Castle Peak 100k by Bob Wright Bigfoot 200 by Van Phan Bigfoot 100k by Sean Harrasser Shawnee Hills by Tim Landewe Sinister7 Ultra by Graham Thompson High Lonesome 100 by [...]

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Current Subscriber? Download PDF of this issue Purchase Back Issue: October 2017 Print+Digital October 2017 (Digital Only) Features Fall Shoe Review by Brett Rivers, Louis Secreto and Zak Sterling Discovering New York’s Ultra Scene by Kenneth A. Posner A Primer on MUT and USATF by Traci Falbo Lightweight Running Jackets Review by Donald Buraglio Psycho Psummer by Zach [...]

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The Run, Rabbit, Run 50 and 100 Mile Endurance Runs Presented by Altra is pleased to announce the creation of the inaugural $100,000 Run, Rabbit, Run "Rabbit Cup" to be held in September 14 and 15, 2018 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to be run at the distance of 100 miles. Coupled with the Run, Rabbit, Run’s existing $65,000 purse, Altra’s Run, Rabbit, Run 100 mile run will offer a total purse of $165,000, making it by far the largest trail ultra purse in the world.

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