iRunFar/Mock: All the results from this past weekend including: Jade Belzberg's overall win on on the West Coast and Mike Thewes' overall win on the East Coast. Schlarb takes a win in New Mexico, and Ashley Paulson takes an overall win in Utah. Dang, ...
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Ultramarathon Daily News | Mon, Oct 18 and more...

Ultramarathon Daily News | Mon, Oct 18

iRunFar/Mock: All the results from this past weekend including: Jade Belzberg’s overall win on on the West Coast and Mike Thewes’ overall win on the East Coast. Schlarb takes a win in New Mexico, and Ashley Paulson takes an overall win in Utah. Dang, what a weekend for the ladies!

Meanwhile, they’re still running loops in Big’s Backyard. Live results here.  As of 4:30am PST, Courtney, Maggie, Dave Proctor, Wardian and Gavin Woody have all quit.

This 82 year old mountaineer is the definition of perseverance. He’ll be making his 12th attempt at Dhaulagiri next year.

Last week I sat down with Finn from Singletrack Podcast to chat about the state of the sport, our shared history in politics, the good, bad, and ugly aspects of MUT growth, Broken Arrow Skyrace, this very newsletter, and more. Finn’s a great host and I enjoyed the conversation. Check it out here.

Finn and I also talked about our love of print journalism and I listed Adventure Journal as one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I received this email yesterday that says the mag is hurting and will shut down unless they increase subs.  If you’re looking for in depth writing, fantastic photography, and diverse subject matters all printed on thick paper, check it out. You won’t regret it.

The Squamish 50/50 was a wet wild affair this past weekend.

RunSpirited: Henry chats with Van Pham, who just finished her 400th ultramarathon (and 560th race of 26.2 or more!)

Kevin Beck: The importance and significance of Joanie’s win at the 1984 Olympic Marathon.

Up next?: UTMB bans hot peppers for runners.

The last 3k of a Skyrunning race in the Basque area of Spain. Gorgeous terrain and as always, great footage from Biel Rafols. So what’ll it take to get Kenyan ultrarunners like Ben Kimtai over here?

SCMP: Can someone help me understand Hong Kong’s NSL laws? Seems the RD is doing the right thing and staying out of it but I’d love to understand the controversy.


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Ultramarathon Daily News | Thurs Oct 14

Four minutes of Kilian Jornet running down some rocky singletrack at last weeks Ultra Pirineu in Spain. No music, no over-production, just footsteps.

iRunFar: What really happened at the DC Peaks 50 last weekend when 90 ultramarathon runners had to be rescued off the mountain?

RW: How did the “celebrity” runners do at Boston? (I’ve heard of two out of six.)

I think we all feel this drawing from Brendan at Semi-Rad.

Well this sounds like a horrible idea. I’m hoping that since it’s in Japan it’ll be handled with more civility than were this to take place stateside.

SCMP: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but there are some good guidelines when it comes to choosing what to eat during an ultramarathon.

Anybody have any hints on convincing an active 12 year old to take it easy as she deals with a hip injury? Thanks.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Tue, Oct 12

Massive kudos to the RD and SAR teams who helped avoid a disastrous situation in the mountains of Utah.

Inn-to-inn hiking (and running and biking!) is wildly popular in Europe and is just starting to gain popularity in the US. Here are a few places you can try it out.

Now this looks like a fun group to run with in Charlottesville.

And the Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Race looks like my type of old school trail race in Western Mass.

SCMP: Is carb-loading the best advice for your next high altitude adventure? (And that first picture from the Sichuan Skyrun is crazy!)

I hosted my annual beer tasting event this past weekend (24 blind tastings that are matched with a known list of beers) and snuck in an Athletic Run Wild IPA. Not one person guessed it was non-alcoholic.

Speaking of beer, apparently you’re not allowed to stand while drinking in Australia? WTF is going on down under?

ProTip: If you’re going to duplicate/fake a race bib for an event widely covered by the media, don’t be a dumbass and run next to each other.

1979. The new craze for the outdoor set: Klunking.  (Rad look back at the advent of MTB. Check it out.)

Multi-days have always been ahead of their time; before there was the beloved 26.2 marathon and Boston, famous figures like Edward Payson Weston and Daniel O’Leary were dueling in 6-day endurance feats. Immensely popular, the 1877 rematch of Weston and O’Leary drew 70,000 spectators – drinking – yelling – and betting on the winner. Bertha Von Berg won the first women’s 6-day race with 372 miles in 1879 a century before they “allowed” women into the modern marathon.

Jared Beasley writes for Ultrarunning Magazine about the IAU’s decision to abandon any ultramarathon over 48 hours. Laz shrugs his shoulders and says NBD.

After a weekend of big races, ever wondered what pro marathon runners contracts look like? LetsRun explains them all right here.

CTS: Year round strength training for ultramarathon runners.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Thurs, Oct 7

ultrarunning/Rusiecki: Managing the stress of race directing.  RDs are special people…remember to thank them for all their hard work.

Watch this: Highly artistic–but raw–footage from the mile 65 aid station at the No Business 100 miler last weekend. I just subscribed to this guy’s channel and am really looking forward to more footage like this.

Trailrunner/Metzler: The akward thrill of running up a ski slope. These look so rad and I wish we had more stateside. There used to be one in Utah, any others?

Does anyone else see this in their pooch? What’s the cause? Four legs? Horizontal stature?

Triathlete Mag: The Fight Against Pseudoscience, Bad Training Advice, and Bullsh*t. Good article to read during a time where social media is awash with charlatans.

A shared love of beer drinkers and cannabis connoisseurs: Terpenes!

ATRA seems to imply that it supports self-ID’d (no medical intervention) transgender inclusion at MUT races. I sure hope this isn’t true…for an organization that wants to increase overall participation in trail running, kowtowing to a tiny minority would be an unfortunate move.
I’ve asked if they support the policy mentioned in the article and have not heard back.

He received immediate attention from two other competitors, who were doctors, and they triggered the SOS button on his beacon and started the heart massage protocol.

The event’s medical director arrived on the scene within minutes by helicopter but, despite 45 minutes of attempted resuscitation, he was later pronounced dead.

Runner dies during the second day of Marathon des Sables.

iRunFar: The Trailtinos are looking to increase minority participation on the starting lines of trail races. Great cause, and I love that that it seems like a legit grassroots organization.
WSJ: More details from the deadly race in China that claimed the lives of 21 ultramarathon runners.
Yeah, fine, it’s not technically an ultramarathon, but running Chicago Marathon and the Boston Marathon on the same weekend is pretty awesome. Anyone doing it? Wardian?
CTS: Five reasons why fall is a great time to start training for your first ultramarathon.

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Trail Running Daily News | Mon, Oct 4

iRunFar/Mock: Lots and lots and lots of ultramarathon and trail running events from this past weekend, from Broken Arrow Skyrace to Tiger Claw to Ultra Pirineu in Spain.

Quick takes from Broken Arrow this weekend. (I spent three nights volunteering and announcing the race while my kids ran and played.)

  • While longer ultras (200 miles+) are seeing an increase, the sub-ultra scene is equally exciting. The VK and 26k were incredibly stout fields, with many names not immediately familiar to those who exclusively follow the ultra world.
  • Kids, kids everywhere! It’s great to see so many kids playing outside and running around! Maybe they’re not all running in the races, but their exposure to the trail and outdoor lifestyle is just as important.
  • Allie MacLaughlin is a beast. I have no idea how such massive lungs and guts are crammed into that tiny frame, but they are and she delivers. Absolutely dominant in the VK and 52, then a top 10 in the 26k yesterday.
  • Watching Joe Gray’s pace on the 26k was staggering. I haven’t checked his Strava (does Joe use Strava?), but dude must have been running 5:30 pace on portions of that trail.
  • DBo and Corrine did a bang up job on the livestream for Friday and Sunday. With a big production team on site, drone pilots, photographers, and videographers, they made the race easy and exciting to follow. (And big thanks to that awesome shoutout to Sunny!) I’ll predict that livestreams like this are the norm for big races by the end of next year.
  • My favorite part of the 52k was seeing my good friend John Onate finish his race with just three minute to spare. John struggled throughout the day, a drop was attempted, but he pushed through and got it done.
  • Brendan Madigan (RD) had a vision to put on a European-style event and has delivered a truly world-class event. He’s put together a top team of pros to manage different aspect of the race and Co-RD Ethan Veneklasen’s absence this year was missed. We’ll see ya next year!
Start of the Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k. Pic by me.

Ian Corless is on site covering Stage One of the Marathon des Sables.

Billy Yang’s new film about Anton Krupicka’s return Leadville is available right here on YouTube.

The long-awaited report argues there is no magic solution which balances the inclusion of trans women in female sport while guaranteeing competitive fairness and safety. And, for the first time, it tells sports across Britain that they will have to choose which to prioritise.

Prominent UK Sports Council releases extensive report that details how trans women retain a material advantage over natural women in sports. Hope it’s not too late for races that allow biological men in the women’s category to change their policies.

SCMP/Agnew: What are aerobic and anaerobic zones and how should they affect your ultramarathon training?

Smart? Stanford students on bikes are more likely to wear masks than helmets.

Update on the Quad City Marathon debacle from last week. Turned out well.

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