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I wanna run and feel like I did in that photo from 2015. I can’t recall a time I felt this degree of ambivalence about running, which is supposed to be my passion. Perhaps I’m fitting the profile of burnout, but burnout usually follows overtraining, and since September I’ve been undertraining.

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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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It was a night he’d never forget. 15-year old Jacob Puzey was eating dinner at Union Station in Washington, DC while on a business trip with his dad when the unthinkable happened. There was a shooting in a nearby movie … Read the rest

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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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OdorKlenz makes products for all aspects of your life. Whether an athlete, pet owner or just a homeowner who likes to keep odors at bay, they have a product to fit whatever you need. They recently reached out to Trail Read the rest

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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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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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One Thousand Miles Through Kyrgyzstan  Jay Petervary is about as “ultra” as an ultra-racer can be. A ten-time Ultra Iditarod champion, Tour Divide record holder, and half of the only team to ever do the Dirty Kanza XL on a tandem bike, the big question usually circling around Jay is “what’s next?” Well, this past […]

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When people think of getting out in the mountains around Jackson, Wyoming, what do they think about? The Tetons and the Wind River Range are typically the first 2 areas that come to mind. If you are driving north on … Read the rest

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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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RuffWear is now offering a hands-free option for running on-leash while allowing runners to carry all the essentials for their time on the trail.  The Trail-Runner Belt is built with a bounce-free, load-dispersing design and comes equipped with a leash-attachment … Read the rest

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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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As my wife and I were planning our 15th year anniversary, we joked about the idea of traveling to Europe to escape the kids and run in the Alps. The idea seemed too far off to be possible. Plus, planning … Read the rest

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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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Because I face the move back to California and some big decisions about our home, I am mulling, “What next? What will I do after I turn 50?” To plan ahead, first I look back and reflect. I reminisce about life one decade ago…

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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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Seven Tips for your Next Triathlon It’s triathlon championship season, and with the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona right around the corner, we figured it’s a good time to talk tri-tips. (For those of you racing in Kona, congratulations! We hope you have your post-race beach recovery session planned.) With three disciplines and two transitions, […]

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We are partnering with the Trans Rockies Run to host a contest. We are giving away an entry into the ‘Gu Run 3’ (3 day) Trans Rockies Run in July 2019.

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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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The two hottest GPS watches on the market right now are the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus and the Suunto 9. Both were released in Spring 2018 and are packed to the gills with cutting-edge features. Which multi-sport watch is the … Read the rest

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In this special episode of the Pinnacle Podcast, we asked our friends at Another Mother Runner to sit down with Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae to talk training, strength, recovery, and how she’s making it all work with a one-year-old baby. In her first triathlon season after giving birth to daughter Isabelle, the three-time IRONMAN World Champion […]

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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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On August 30, Candice Burt completed the Wonderland trail in Mt. Rainier, Washington in record time – for the second time. 28 hours 45 minutes, 31 seconds later -after conquering fears trekking 95-miles, 25,000 feet of elevation gain – the … Read the rest

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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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Altra is making the new Lone Peak models their flagship trail shoes for 2018. They introduced new versions of the standard Lone Peak Mesh, Lone Peak RSM (Rain, Snow, & Mud – a member of their All Weather Series), … Read the rest

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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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A hat is a hat is a hat. At least that’s what we thought until we tried the hats by Sunday Afternoons.

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“Relentless” is a word that gets tossed around a lot by folks who have run Black Hills, and the Centennial trail certainly fits the description. Is the Centennial more relentless than you?

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Last weekend 215 runners began the Tahoe 200, the 205-mile ultra marathon that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe, tasked the challenge of completing the race within 100 hours. 140 were able to complete the entire course in the allotted time. One of … Read the rest

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Without being too philosophical or cynical, the recounting of facts and telling of history has come into question over the last few years.  Because of this, it’s seemingly difficult to know how much embellishment, or even straight up fabrication, is Read the rest

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Gearing up for a longer ultra, such as a 100k or a 100-miler requires a dedicated training plan with particular focus on getting more miles and more time on feet. One way to accomplish this is with back-to-back long runs. Back-to-back long runs refers to doing long runs on two consecutive days, typically Saturday and Sunday for those with full-time jobs. Back-to-back long runs are a common practice in ultra training, but are they really necessary for success? That’s up for debate in this month’s column!

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Rolling up to Laz, he appeared as though he could have been part of a survey crew, or some form of civic organization in his neon yellow reflective vest. But Gary Cantrell, more commonly known as Lazarus Lake (Laz for short), is far from being associated with any government entity. He’s on a mission to walk across the United States, and he’s almost finished.

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