Category Archives: Running News

Mexican racer missing, apparently dead of hypothermia at Ultrafiord

Mexican racer Arturo Héctor Martínez Rueda has apparently died of hypothermia while racing the Ultrafiord 100 mile ultramarathon in Patagonia this weekend. This situation is developing; Arturo’s body has not been recovered, and his family is still hoping that he will be found alive. Rescue efforts are in progress. It seems possible that there may be other racers still on the mountain, also in need of a rescue. [See updates, below]. This report is based upon information I can glean from Spanish-language

Brazilian ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel conquers South America’s highest peak – in under 24 hours!

Fernanda Maciel is a Brazilan ultrarunner who now lives in Spain. Last month, Fernanda became the first woman to run up and down Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua (summit 6691 m) in under 24 hours. She completed the 80k run in 22 hrs 52 minutes. Here’s a press release, along with some photos, from Red Bull, one of her sponsors: Standing 6,691m high, Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, is a stern test for even the world’s greatest mountaineers, but mountain runner Fernanda Maciel

The Coastal Challenge: A one-week rainforest run in Costa Rica

Here’s a spectacular expedition run that takes you through the jungles and along the beaches of Costa Rica – if you are willing to take the heat! The Coastal Challenge is a six-day staged ultramarathon with a 230 km route along Costa Rica’s south coast, towards the border with Panama. But don’t let the word “Coastal” fool you into thinking it’s flat. Each day, the route veers inland, up and down the coastal mountains, for a total elevation gain (and

You can help! Fight the ban on trail running events on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2650 mile (4250 km) trail system that follows the west coast of the USA, from Canada to Mexico. Although hiking and equestrian activities are allowed on the trail, there is a proposal to ban trail running events! If you don’t think that this is right, please add your signature to this petition which has been posted by Destination Trail’s race director (and ultrarunner and trail lover) Candice Burt. Here’s Candice’s letter to the PCTA: The

New trail-running film from southern Chile: Two Americans run “Around Patagonia”

Here’s a new trail-running film you won’t want to miss. Spoiler alert, though: Watching “Around Patagonia” will put Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park on your international trail-running bucket list. The film, released this month, was produced by best friends and trail-running buddies Jason Schlarb and Jeremy Wolf. The pair met at university in the late ‘90s, where they ran track and cross-country together. Even though they’ve been living on opposite sides of the country for over a decade now,

Endurance athlete and Project Athena founder Robyn Benincasa recognized as a CNN Hero

Marathon runner, triathlete and adventure racer Robyn Benincasa, of San Diego, CA, has been recognized this week as a CNN Hero. Benincasa, is a 3:18 marathoner and triathlete (Ironman PR 10:35) – but she is best known for her international accomplishments in the realm of Adventure Racing.  Competing in AR since its earliest days, Benincasa has been a podium of finisher of epic races ranging from Eco-Challenge to the Raid Gauloises to Primal Quest. These days Benincasa, now 47, has

Trails Day Celebration June 1st: Group Run on Vancouver Island!

  Vancouver Island comprises a big chunk of spectacular wilderness – with terrain ranging from from mountains to rainforest to wave-washed coastline. Hundreds of kilometres of trails traverse the island, and many of these have been built by, or are maintained by, volunteer groups: trail runners, hikers, and mountain bikers. The Vancouver Island Trails Network is a community of trail supporters. They’ll be hosting their first conference this May 31st, co-hosted by the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA).  The