Within the first 24 hours of her 136-mile Annapurna Circuit mission, Suzanne “Sunny” Stroeer had to go to the well. She’d only started the Himalayan mountain loop 48 hours after the thought of running it first crossed her mind. To have a shot at the women’s Fastest-Known Time (FKT—the standing record was 4 days 14 hours 43 minutes), Stroeer knew she needed to cover more than 40 miles of the bone-chilling, quad-burning, high-altitude terrain by the end of her second day.
Jon Glaser, a comedian you may know from shows such as Parks and Recreation, Late Night With Conan O’Brien or Girls, has debuted a new show dedicated to the absurdity of the gear culture: Jon Glaser Loves Gear. The catch is, Glaser, 50, of Brooklyn, New York, is actually gear obsessed.
Mirna Valerio (aka “The Mirnavator”) has been writing her “Fat Girl Running” blog, about being an “active larger girl in a thinner world,” since 2011, but it wasn’t until recently that the popularity of her blog, and her voice, has skyrocketed. Valerio has been interviewed for Runner’s World, People, The Huffington Post, NBC Nightly News and National Geographic (just to name a few), and now writes for Women’s Health magazine. An ultrarunner, high-school Spanish teacher and cross-country coach, Valerio recently authored a book, A Beautiful Work in Progress.
As a trail runner and mountaineer, Kilian Jornet has set numerous records and fastest known times (FKTs) over the past 10 years. In recent years, he’s won the Western States … Continue reading "Getting the Dirt from Kilian Jornet"
An average training day for Camille Herron might include eating a burger, dancing to Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” in the car and a run along a winding mountain trail, her … Continue reading "Camille Herron’s Comeback"
Under a gibbous moon in the dry desert of Kanab, Utah, Jax Mariash climbed, hand over hand, up a pink sand dune. Then another. Then another. She climbed up and … Continue reading "Jax Mariash Continues to Take the Stage"
This article is a continuation of The UTMB through the Eyes of Its Creators Going on this week in Chamonix, France, is the largest gathering of trail runners in the … Continue reading "The UTMB through the Eyes of its Creators—Part 2"
Going on this week in Chamonix, France, is the largest gathering of trail runners in the world. More than 30,000 runners, family and friends are in the famed alpine valley … Continue reading "The UTMB through the Eyes of its Creators—Part 1"
38-year-old Megan Kimmel, of Carbondale, Colorado has been running trails for eighteen years and racing for ten. And the woman will not slow down. At this last weekend’s Pikes Peak … Continue reading "How Megan Kimmel Keeps Crushing"
“When I first became a professional runner, I thought the hardest part would be the physical training. After all, what could be tougher than running to the top of an … Continue reading "Let Your Mind Run"
“Generally, they don’t read the directions,” says John Storkamp, of his racers. According to this long-time race director, the job has its share of laughter and tears, similar to being a kindergarten teacher. John is … Continue reading "Race Director John Storkamp Gets Candid"
Of the 63 runners who toed the line at the first official Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, five were women. Pat Smythe was the first women to finish and win the race, with a time … Continue reading "The Queen, Powerhouse, Gazelle and… Lauren Pearch"
Last weekend, big races and strong performances took place all over the world with athletes from Wisconsin to Sweden, Illinois to Spain. Trail Runner found podium finishers from the Trail World Championships in Spain, the Quicksilver 100 and 50K in California, the Transvulcania on the Canary Islands of Spain and the Ultra Race of Champions … Continue reading "Words from the Winners"
We had the pleasure to catch up with “Tropical” John Medinger, a well-known, if not beloved, fixture in the Northern California ultrarunning community and race director of this weekend’s Lake Sonoma 50. Having founded the Quad Dipsea, served on the Western States 100 Board of Trustees, been the publisher of UltraRunning magazine and competed in … Continue reading "Getting Tropical"
Nearly two years ago, Cody Reed leapt onto the ultra/trail-running scene after a series of back to back wins, including the Ultra Race of Champions 100K, Way Too Cool 50K and Miwok 100K. Following his initial success, Trail Runner interviewed Reed to learn more about the 25-year-old runner. Since then, he’s continued training in Flagstaff, … Continue reading "Cody Reed: One Year Later"
Mike Fremont, who turned 96 years old on February 23, still runs 10 miles three times per week. He canoes the other days. He holds four single-age world records (Marathon: ages 80 and 90 years old and Half Marathon: ages 90 and 91) and continues to compete today. He has been running his whole life, … Continue reading "Mike Fremont: 96 Years Young"
Both Krissy Moehl, 40, of Bellingham, Washington, and Mike Wardian, 43, of Arlington, Virginia, love racing internationally, to learn of new cultures, run unfamiliar terrain and experience strange foods at aid stations. Wardian is known for setting records on trails, on tracks and on treadmills. He set the fastest marathon while pushing a stroller (overtaken … Continue reading "Very Different Experiences at a Very Different Race"
At 4:00 a.m. this morning, Ryan Sandes, 35, and Ryno Griesel, 38, a dynamic duo from South Africa, began their Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) Fastest Known Time (FKT) attempt. Sandes, who continues to tag international podiums (3rd place, 2016 Tarawera Ultra; 1st, 2017 Western States and 2nd, 2017 Ultra Trail Capetown) and Griesel, a mountaineer … Continue reading "Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel Start Their Great Himalaya Trail FKT Attempt"
On Saturday, February 10th, in the Franklin Mountains outside of El Paso, Texas, not only did Meltzer win the Lone Star 100 Mile, he set the new course record at 23:38:18. Not to mention that it was his 40th 100-mile-race victory. After 18 consecutive years of winning ultramarathons, Meltzer, now 50 , holds the world record … Continue reading "Karl Meltzer Runs Over the Hill and Straight to the Podium, Again"
In the outdoors world, Denver-based author and blogger Brendan Leonard, 39, of Denver, Colorado, has forged a unique and laugh-out-loud-funny path. His most recent book, 60 Meters to Anywhere, is Leonard’s poignant recounting of a tumultuous transition to adulthood. Recently Leonard, creator of the popular twice-weekly “Semi-Rad” blog, has been delving into film-making as well, … Continue reading "How to Run 100 Miles"
It’s a chilly October morning in southern Oregon. I’m clinging to a mug of coffee and staring blankly through the window when David Laney runs past. A sense of peace overcomes me. It could be his praying-mantis body, the ’80s neon wrapping his sinew or the immaculate mustache, fit only for legends like himself, Tom … Continue reading "Going Deep with David Laney"
Jeff Browning is a veteran ultrarunner—he’s been racing for nearly 18 years, and has finished on the podiums of some of the country’s biggest ultras, including the Bighorn 100, Cascade Crest 100, San Diego 100, Run Rabbit Run 100, Western States 100 and HURT 100. Now 46, Browning continues to compete at the highest level. … Continue reading "Six Questions With Bear-100 Champ Jeff Browning"
One year after Jim Walmsley broke both the single- (rim-to-rim) and double-crossing (rim-to-rim-to-rim) records in the Grand Canyon, the rim-to-rim FKT has fallen, to Walmsley’s friend and training partner Tim Freriks. Freriks, 26, ran the 21-mile route in 2 hours 39 minutes 38 seconds, besting Walmsley’s time by roughly seven minutes. “The idea for a … Continue reading "Tim Freriks Sets FKT for Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim"
Three-quarters through the 2016 Quad Dipsea, a 28-mile rain-soaked mudfest on the famed Dipsea trail north of San Francisco, Jamil Coury, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Schuyler Hall, 28, of Walnut Creek, California, hammer down the trail while holding two gilded, dog-sized faux reindeer adorned with bells and holiday ornaments. Coury also holds a camera … Continue reading "Mountain Outpost, The Jackass of Ultrarunning"
The Western States 100—the oldest and most competitive 100-miler in the U.S.— looms just a few days away, June 24-25, 2017. The race routinely attracts a deep field full of talented elite runners, but, this year, one runner in particular will have everyone’s attention: Jim Walmsley. Last year, Walmsley took a wrong turn at mile … Continue reading "Jim Walmsley Prepares for His Return to Western States"
Last weekend, June 10-11, 2017, Boulder, Colorado-based ultrarunner Darcy Piceu set a new supported fastest-known time (FKT) on Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash circuit. Nestled in west-central Peru, the Huayhuash is a sub-range of the Andes, 30 miles in length. The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit, which circumnavigates the entire range, runs 85 miles with more than 25,000 feet … Continue reading "Darcy Piceu Sets Supported FKT on Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit"
When Ben and Rachel Bucklin host backyard movie nights, the films aren’t your average blockbusters. Rather, friends and neighbors come to the couple’s home in Spokane, Washington, to enjoy epic trail-running movies like Unbreakable and Desert Runners, and, instead of Pixar movies, the Bucklin’s three sons, aged 13, 11 and 7, are catching The Barkley … Continue reading "Running a Family"
At the Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass 50K on January 21, 2017, race director Herb Reeves was surprised to see the first finishers striding casually towards the finish line together. Neither racer seemed to be … well … racing. For husband-and-wife duo Gina and Steve Slaby, it was just another training run. Reeves awarded Gina …