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To breathe deeply, to see the horizon clearly, to talk to old friends, to move your legs up and down a mountain—how marvelous and precious this life on earth is, the more imperiled it becomes.

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We know some of you have big dreams and goals. Sometimes those are our races, and sometimes they are bigger international events. We pay to get our races evaluated by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) so that they can be UTMB qualifiers. For those wanting to race around Mont Blanc, we are happy to […]

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It is getting more and more difficult to get into races. Lotteries, lightning-quick sell outs, and restricted capacities mean that advanced planning and just plain ol’ good luck are often required to run the races you want. Many of our events have multiple distances; the Wy’east Wonder is a 50-miler and a 50K, Smith Rock […]

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No, our dog is not part of this gear/gift guide, but something in that photo is! This time of year, I like to share recommendations for worthwhile running- and outdoor-related stuff I discovered over the past 12 months.

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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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New for the 2019 Mountain Lakes 100 race, is a requirement that each runner contributes eight hours of volunteer trail work. We feel that more runners need to spend time building and improving the trails we all enjoy. By making it a requirement to race, there will be 1,200 hours of trail work done in […]

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EVEREST TRAIL RACE, Nepal “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade …

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This was the sixth year for the Mountain Lakes 100 race, and the most popular. The race sold out in just 24 minutes, and that was with the registration server getting slammed from all the would-be entrants trying to sign up as soon as it opened. This is not a big race. The field is just […]

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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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When I started running regularly after graduating from college, the marathon sounded impossibly far. I’ll never do that, I thought. I’d heard horror stories of lost toenails and cripplingly sore quads…

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I don’t know if it is the slightly cooler air temperatures, or maybe it’s the fading joy of the warmer weather… or maybe it is just the winding down of one’s racing season, but we get a lot of requests for our next year’s race dates before this year is barely half-way done. So, for […]

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I decided to turn my sour grapes into fortified grape juice and attempt an upstart, scrappy race the weekend after Hardrock 100, on the same mountain range, that’s arguably even more difficult—a race so miserable in its first year on the current route that the RD admits, “I don’t think it was a good experience […]

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“For these three days,” I told the group gathered for our inaugural San Juan Mountain Running Camp, “I want you to encounter and experience challenges on the trail that you don’t expect, and that perhaps intimidate you, because you’ll discover that you can get through and handle more than you think you can. And you’ll […]

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#SheMovesMountains I think the most impressive story line of Western States this year was the strength of the women. I mean, I know Walmsley absolutely crushed it and totally stole the spotlight (as he should!). But, as Walmsely was HE-MANing it, the women were doing something epic behind the scenes. If you look at the...

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To me, an ideal getaway is not an island resort or a spa weekend. It’s a running camp in a mountain environment. These totally worthwhile experiences at trail-running camps heighten my excitement to launch a new mountain-running camp just one month from now.

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Go Beyond Racing is always looking for ways to make our races more environmentally friendly. We are cupless at our aid stations; we use compostable flatware, silverware, and napkins; we recycle and compost a lot of garbage from our events; we donate to organizations that work to improve forests and trails; we are members of […]

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I’m writing this partly as a reminder never to take exultant, elevated, healthy highs for granted, because you just may fall on your ass.

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The Boston Marathon has captured the imagination of runners for over a hundred years. And for good reason: it’s considered the “world’s most prestigious marathon.”

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The Mile: it’s captured the hearts of track fans for generations. And it requires the speed of a sprinter with the endurance of a distance specialist.

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When I feel overwhelmed, or try to help my kids deal with their stress, I draw on lessons learned and strategies developed through ultras.

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You signed up for a race and it was already full by the time you got to check out and now you are on the wait list. What does that mean? Will you get into the race? When and how will you know? With the rising popularity of trail and ultra running, races are filling […]

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I need to sort out thoughts about the coming year and beyond, and that’s another reason I’m looking forward to this 24-hour hamster-wheel ultra on new year’s eve—it’ll be a retreat of sorts.

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Again for the 2018 race, Go Beyond Racing is offering the Friend Refund for the Mt. Hood 50 Mile. Lotteries are brutal. You plan your racing calendar for the year and then your name isn’t selected in the lottery and your plan B races are now already full. Or, you get in, but the friend […]

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Like the “super moon,” the course seemed unusually brilliant and exaggerated in its beauty. Little did I know on that blissful, escapist day that disaster would strike 36 hours later.

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I wrote this post four years ago, in the fall of 2013, and am updating it since I revisited this cool urban run last week. Now that the entrance to Yerba Buena Island is open and links to Treasure Island, you can loop around there for a longer run!

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At the end of August, we announced our 2018 race schedule and alluded to some new races we were developing. We are excited to now share details about those events here. First, the sad news. We were working on a new race in the Columbia River Gorge this past summer, when the forest fires broke […]

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I need to let go of longing for a supposedly better version of myself from years ago. Remember and celebrate all the things that this 2017 version of me did that the 2007 person couldn’t fathom.

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Most of our 2018 trail ultra races are 2019 UTMB qualifiers! This is the third year in a row we’ve paid for the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) to evaluate our courses so we could submit them to UTMB as a qualifier for all of their races. Those trails in Europe are pretty amazing and […]

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The summer, I read about the West to deepen my understanding of Colorado, California and states in between—their history, culture, politics and myriad pressures. Rest assured, these books are good reads.

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I spent ten months coaching two clients for the Grand to Grand Ultra and the Atacama Crossing. Here’s the outline of their training plans, and their stories of what the events were like, to show how to meet the myriad challenges of an ultra-long stage race—and, perhaps, to inspire your new year’s goals.

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After several mornings in a row under the covers with that novel, it hit me: This is what post-100-mile-ultra, midlife, empty-nesting transition feels like.

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Savoring a fried egg sandwich at my bakery post race.

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I hated the logic that I wanted to cover 100 miles so I could be done with 100 miles because I didn’t actually want to do the full 100 miles. Ugh, none of it made any sense.

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And just like that, I’m back home. Back to routine and back to real life. But I’m not fully present. Part of me is still wandering the trails in Chamonix. A ghost, floating in the dark mist and searching for my soul. Lost somewhere amongst the sharp peaks of the Mt. Blanc mastiff. The Aftermath....

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Meet Devon Yanko. On August 19, 2017 she won the Leadville Trail 100 – a race where 9,200 feet altitude is the lowest you’ll experience on the course.

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Yes, there is plenty of racing left in 2017, but you people are eager, and apparently planners! We’ve had lots of requests for our 2018 race dates. So here you go, here is what we’ve got planned for next year. New Races! We can’t say too much yet, but we are working on two brand-new […]

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The person who trained assiduously, whose every workout had a purpose and goal attained, who meticulously planned every piece of gear—that seems like another person, and she’s not here now.

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No one ever wants to be last. But someone always is – the sweeper. Volunteers are an integral part of any race, and one of the most important roles is that of the sweeper. These are the people who follow the last racer. Their job is multi-faceted and super important. And super rewarding. Not only […]

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Sarah Bard and I all smiles at the finish line of Comrades 2017.

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I can’t recall how or why we started the new year with the “see ya Tuesday at 9 at the lake”—two ultra-distance trail runners meeting midweek for a paved, flat, easy loop. I needed a friend, a counselor, a reminder of the best, most humorous and resilient sides of the human spirit. Each Tuesday, we […]

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Livigno SkyMarathon 2017 Race Summary Days in the mountains rarely get better… the Livigno SkyMarathon really did provide a truly spectacular mountain experience that will be difficult to better – the weather, the course and the stunning town of Livigno …

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