What are your goals? Are you pushing yourself enough? Most of the time we set our thermostat close to whatever our last time was. We should always do a gut check and make sure that we are pushing ourselves to our full potential.
If you start to hear yourself making excuses, then just picture yourself telling Chris Moon about them. That should get rid of most…
The Barcley Marathons, aka the Race That Eats its Young, is a 100 mile ultramarathon in east Tennessee that is considered among the most difficult ultras in the world. What is so unusual about this race is the time required to finish it (50+ hours) compared to other well-known 100 mile races which require much less time. A very small percentage of entrants ever finish.
Brett Maune not only finished this grueling race, but beat the previous record by 3 1/2 hours. While records are difficult to gauge in races where the course changes from year to year, it is safe to say that 3 1/2 hours is definitively a new record.
It's widely regarded as one of the most difficult ultramarathons in the world; it's largely off-trail, straight up and down the sides of the mountains that loom over the old Brushy Mountain state pen, taking in geographic features named Testicle Spectacle, Rat Jaw, Son of a Bitch Ditch, and the Bad Thing; and only 10 of the more than 700 people who have started it–among them some of the best ultrarunners and long-distance hikers in the world–have even finished it….
If you are getting bored with all of the run of the mill 100s, then this race in TN may be just what the doctor ordered. Just be warned, the foothills and mountains of east Tennessee can be quite challenging.
Let us know about other lesser known ultras that you have found to be more challenging than usual or have interesting aspects compared to other races. Better yet, send us photo and video footage:)
Ultrarunner “Caballo Blanco,” the mysterious and legendary runner from the book Born To Run, died while on a 12 mile run and his body was found over the weekend. Micah True had simply gone out on a relatively short training run but did not return. Cause of death is still unknown, however there was no sign of trauma or foul play.
“Choose a lifestyle of adventure throughout the year with the Rock/Creek Trail Series. Discover new trails and open roads, with all the promise they hold. Find yourself, get lost in a great experience, and find yourself all over again. We invite you to remember the world outside. Every day you do, you’ll fell wide awake, truly alive, and glad to be so.”
That’s the opening paragraph to Rock/Creek’s full page ad in the Race Issue 2010 TrailRunner Magazine advertising its 2010 eight race trail series. Although not all of the eight races are ultras, there are two 50k’s, a 100k, a marathon and a 3-day 60-mile stage race. Rock/Creek has designed a great trail series that builds throughout the year, culminating in December’s Lookout Mountain 100k. So even those former runners who haven’t laced them up in a while can, with proper, consistent training and some good luck in the health/injury department, can run these races. And for the more hardcore ultrarunners out there, the ultras are challenging. All of the races in the series take place in and around Chattanooga, TN. If you live in the SE Tennessee, NW Georgia or North Alabama area, you live too close to come up with a reasonable excuse to miss this series. If you live elsewhere in the U.S., come discover why Chattanooga was named one of the Ten Best Towns in 2008 by Outside Magazine.
Tweet Follow ultrarunners Ray Zahab and Kevin Vallely as they trek 650km across Lake Baikal in Russia. The trek is totally unsupported so they will be pulling their gear with sleds. The exhibition is part of Ray’s Impossible2Possible twenty10 H2O initiative to fund well projects in Africa. The trek starts Monday.
Tweet It was a busy weekend across the country as at least 9 ultras took place Saturday or Sunday. Headlining the weekend was the H.U.R.T. Trail 100 in Honolulu, HI. Taking the top three podium spots for the men were Gary Robbins, North Vancouver, CAN (20:12), Nathan Yanko, San Francisco, CA (22:30), and Brett Rivers, [...]
Tweet As planned in 2010, we will be enhancing the content of this site dramatically. Our plan is to provide regular articles on multiple aspects of ultrarunning, including: Specific ultramarathons and race reports Inspirational stories from the ultrarunning community Sports nutrition for ultrarunners Sports drinks and food supplements Ultramarathon training tips Medical articles related to [...]
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Tweet Hopefully you were able to join us as UltraRunningNews.com co-founder Faun Ramey interviewed ultrarunner Ray Zahab today. If not, don’t panic because we recorded it so that you can listen to it now or even download it and listen to it via mp3 while running! During this interview Ray shared important information and was [...]