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After a close call, when running in the backcountry or any remote area, I now follow a simple rule: take enough to survive the night. 

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Going into Stump Jump 50K this year, there was a bit of apprehension in the air. I was coming back from an injury in the spring. My wife, Emily, also took some time off in the spring but had back-to-back wins here in previous years. And our son Miles hadn’t been training much for the 10-mile event.

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Our gear team spent the last three days of November in Austin, Texas exploring The Running Event (TRE). Our favorite part is getting a sneak peek at all the cool gear we’ll be checking out next year. This first installment is specific to shoes, and Part 2 will cover gear, apparel and nutrition.

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If you’re in search of a truly unexpected gift, the ultrarunning world has a few head-scratching curiosities worth a second glance.

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Donuts and running bring great happiness to my life, so I jumped at the offer to tackle the legendary Donut Trail in Ohio, which hits twelve gourmet donut shops connected by more than 80 miles of rural, and unbelievably beautiful roads.

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The journey to breaking the tape at the Hawk Hundred started with a bit of adversity. For Nicole Fleming of Springfield, Missouri, it was physical—a broken calcaneus (heel bone) threatened to derail her goal of finishing her first 100-mile race in 2018. For Mark Pecaut of Leawood, Kansas, the adversity was psychological.

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There was a surpassing amount of unbridled happiness on the trail that weekend, as runners from near and far descended on this scenic jewel along Lake Superior in pursuit of 100-mile, 50-mile or marathon glory.

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This year every runner got to experience the clockwise direction of the course, as this was the first time this race didn’t run the familiar counterclockwise route. The race also played host to the USA 50 Mile Road Championships.

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The push to get more women outside has never been stronger. Still, being a female athlete in the ultrarunning world, the gender imbalance is obvious. I asked myself, what could one person do to address this issue? The answer came when I decided to momentarily shift my focus from hosting races to create the STL Women’s Trail Summit.

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In this era of 200-is-the-new-100, it feels almost inevitable that many runners and race directors will super-size perfectly good and satisfying ultra routes, and we ultrarunners will feel compelled to choose the longer option or feel slightly guilty or less accomplished if we take the shorter route.

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While running the McDonald Forest 50K, my first ultra, I met a guy named Michael. We exchanged stories as I talked about my young twins and he told me how he’d run this particular race several times in the past. His training had recently taken a backseat because his wife was battling cancer.

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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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Cold weather top and bottom garments for men and women, both created with lightweight construction, efficient ventilation, and strong thermoregulatory elements.  

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The first in a series of three monthly articles on how to makes changes in your running mechanics.

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By Sheryl Collmer Everything about the 4th annual Trans-Pecos Ultra 2018 was très bien. Formidable, even. That’s because it was dominated by a highly experienced French multi-sport athlete, Démétrio Fernandez, a 10-hour Ironman and veteran of many stage races in exotic venues. He led every stage in the 6-stage race, finishing with a total time [...]

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A two-way satellite tracking and communication device that is small and lightweight enough to conveniently carry on your long adventures.

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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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I will always closely cherish my flawless race day, incredible experience, my sub-22 hour time, and my mostly accidental win at the Indiana Trail 100.

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If I could complete a 33-mile race 25 days after being diagnosed with cancer and nine days before surgery when I am physically fine but feeling raw, fearful and vulnerable, maybe cancer really doesn’t stand a chance.

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A fall reprise of the spring Hawkeye 50K, the Hawkeye Fallout 50K is the same race but run counter-clockwise, and in October to take advantage of the fall colors.

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The Bear is a masterpiece in ultrarunning – a true point-to-point 100-mile race. With all the trouble the course throws at you, it’s constantly eclipsed by the natural beauty and fall colors of the Rocky Mountains.

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This year 300 runners started the race and 187 runners successfully finished. It’s interesting that this year’s finishing rate is the lowest in years.

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The phone rang and on the other line was John Medinger. “Hey Karl, so we’re thinking about selling the magazine and this is my first call. What do you think?” It was April 2013 and I was sitting in my office, looking forward to how I would spend the next year – not working. After 17 tumultuous but great years in the hotel business I was exiting and my last day was May 1. As a goal-setter, my only plan was to not work.

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A men’s hooded long sleeve shirt that has excellent insulation, moisture wicking, and odor resistance. Clever design elements include extra long cuffs with thumb holes, and a watch slot on the right sleeve.

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When I saw the pictures and videos of the Never Summer 100K race, I knew I had to run there. Every year I like to run a destination race somewhere beautiful. Never Summer in remote mountains of Northern Colorado captivated me with its stunning beauty, and became my epic ultra for 2018.

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When the race weekend kicks off with pizza and bluegrass, you know you’ve come to the right place.

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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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California is experiencing its worst fire season in the state’s history. And by some indications this is the new normal. The problem of clean air is hardly unique to California. It’s a global issue. Fixing this problem is not going to happen in our lifetime, and perhaps not in our children’s lifetime unless more is done.

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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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I started running less than two years ago shortly after my 49th birthday, and being diagnosed with hypertension and borderline diabetes. I lost both breasts to cancer in 2015 and was told I’d need eight more operations. By 2016, I had enough of being unhealthy and overweight, so I decided that life had to change.

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Yeti Snakebite is put on by Jason Green, a punk-rock-loving skateboarder who decided to start his own trail army, the Yeti Trail Runners. Race information is sparse, curse words are prolific and if Fireball and vodka-soaked pickles at aid stations offend your senses, his races are not for you.

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My contribution to the Marquette 50 has definitely become less as the years have gone by, and now my children take great pride in helping with “Dad’s Race.”

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This was by far the toughest 100-miler I’ve ever been in, but I was more determined than ever to finish. I’m grateful to my friends, fellow runners, and volunteers that got me there.

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This season’s batch of shoes were tested in Coastal California’s rolling trails and steep wilderness areas, as well as throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Colorado Rockies, wet Pacific Northwest forests and technical New England terrain.

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To honor and recognize you, one of those brave runners who toed Wasatch’s starting line in its first decade (1980-1989), a special “40 Hours for 40 Years” (40/40) race category has been created for the 40th anniversary, 2019 race.

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With my history of previously failed 100k attempts, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the Cuyamaca 100K this past Saturday. In 2016, I succumbed to an injury just one week prior to the Gorge Waterfalls 100K. In 2017, I didn’t make the cutoff at mile 50 of the Gorge. And just this past [...]

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Cool weather and muddy trails can be a runner’s heaven, but they require a bit more toughness from your socks. We’ve been testing the following styles, any of which are well suited for your autumn trail adventures.

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What’s the most epic thing you’ve ever done out of spite? For me, it was my first ultra. Being told I couldn’t do something when all the facts agreed that I would fail – and doing it anyway – was so me.

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Running 50 miles will change your life and running 100 miles will rewire your brain. But what happens when you run twice as far as the 100-mile distance? Running 200 miles will not only reshape your mind…it will bend your reality.

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Topo Athletic shoes tend to occupy the lower and lighter weight end of the spectrum, but a new model this fall offers a high-cushioned option to their growing trail line.

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This was the first time that a trail race held in New Hampshire's White Mountains went over summits of two of 4,000-foot peaks.

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The inaugural UrbanICT 50K and 50-mile race was held in Wichita, Kansas under the full moon. This unique race had a 9 p.m. Friday start time.

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Training for ultramarathons is hard work. It requires a huge commitment of time and energy to prepare yourself to run – maybe even race – up to 100 miles. Fifty-mile training weeks, punctuated with at least one long run of 20 or more miles, are the staple of the ultrarunner.

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Jax Mariash is one of the most accomplished stage racers in the world. She opened up the entire contents of her pack to us, item by item.

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Sandwiched in between 4th of July festivities, the Afton Trail Run 25k/50k draws a celebratory crowd, and has a loose, joyful, rock festival vibe that suits the season.

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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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A pleasant combination of low and springy, with excellent responsiveness and grip when you’re pushing the pace.

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I had a calm confidence I could traverse the entire Burning River 100. While I knew my training had not been optimal, I felt showing up healthy and gutting it out would provide the opportunity for success. I could walk if I ran out of gas… How dangerous a thought this was.

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As the last stop in the Under Armour Mountain Running Series, the 50K at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort was the perfect event to kick off fall racing season in Central Oregon. With morning temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, runners had no choice but to don their winter gear at the 7am start. As the sun [...]

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The sound of a helicopter circling over our property near Telluride, Colorado, filled my ears for several days straight. The sight of teams of volunteers dressed in hiking gear, fanning out in the aspen groves and bushwhacking off trail while shouting, “Tim,” pulled at my heart.

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