Here’s a dispatch from Team USA runner Matt Flaherty, straight from the International Association of Ultrarunners 100 km World Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain: I was having a pretty solid day at the 100km World Championships until the last 20k. Hit 50k in ~3:22:30 and then dropped the pace the next couple 10k loops, and was looking pretty good for a 6:45 or so. But then my hamstrings started seizing up on me right before 80k. Had to take some
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[By Dana Notman] 2016’s Gorge Waterfalls 100k race took place on Saturday, April 2, and the weather forecast for this ultramarathon was spectacular. We were going to experience something the Pacific Northwest hadn’t seen a lot of lately – sunshine and warm temperatures. With highs projected to reach 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 21C), I was pleased that there wouldn’t be too much mud, too many puddles, or a layer of dampness covering the rocky, technical trails we were going to
Ultrarunner Daniel Rowland had been told that Italy’s Lavaredo Ultra Trail might just be the the most beautiful ultramarathon he would ever run, so he entered the lottery. Here is his race report: The 9th edition of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail was held on June 26th in the Italian Dolomites, starting in the former Winter Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The route was 119 km with 5,850 m of climbing, and formed a part of the Ultra Trail World Tour
Participants’ emotions immediately after Ultrafiord were all over the place: anywhere from elated to angry. I’ve now had a month to process everything that happened out there… to figure out what I feel and think about this race, and also to digest what other racers have had to say. (Read my Part 1, a description of the Ultrafiord route, here). I think that the biggest issue about Ultrafiord comes down to what racers’ expectations were. Unfortunately, there was not a
Whoa. Ultrafiord was a BIG race – and not what most people were expecting. There is lots to talk about. Whatever happens with the future of this ultramarathon, this inaugural edition is sure to become a legend in the ultrarunning world. So this race report will be in two parts: this installment describing the ultramarathon route and racers’ experiences, and the second installment providing a bit of an analysis. I’ve also posted a more personal account of the race on
Patagonia Ultrafiord to be an extremely tough route: 100+ mile race starts tomorrow, then 100+k and 70k ultramarathons with 32 hr cutoffs!
I’m just in from 6 days fastpacking in Torres del Paine National Park: a good way to burn your legs out a few days before running an ultramarathon. Also a good way to see how unreliable weather forecasts are here in Chilean Patagonia. I stayed in the refugios, so I was able to travel very light. And I was actually really lucky with the weather. Didn’t get much rain at all, and not even too much wind. That lakeside trail
Over 1000 runners showed up at the various start-lines for this year’s Patagonia International Marathon – a series of races which, in addition to the marathon, includes a 63 km ultramarathon, a half marathon, and a 10k race. Runners came from all over the world, with over one third of them coming from outside of Chile. Although the half-marathon is the most popular event, the marathon saw nearly 200 runners on the start line, and the ultra had nearly 60.
Trail racers brave psycho winds and even waterspouts in inaugural Torres del Paine UltraTrail (42k, 67k, 109k), Patagonia, Chile
Just under one hundred lucky trail runners had the privilege of participating in the inaugural Ultra Trail Torres del Paine in southern Chile last week. And a privilege it was indeed – the first time National Park officials have permitted a trail running race in the park. With two ultramarathon events, 67 km and 109 km, and a 42 km trail marathon as well, there was something for every sort of endurance runner. With runners coming from 15 different countries,
[Photos by www.brianmccurdyphotography.com] You can tell when your Race Directors are also ultramarathon runners. Well, RDs Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford sure put on a slick show at the Squamish 50 last week! Squamish is located about halfway between the city of Vancouver and the ski resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. It’s a mountain town on the coast, and a favored destination for rock climbers, mountain bikers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. With hundreds of km of mountain trails, it’s the
[Photos by Douglas Ludwig] Yes, it’s “just” a marathon – but it follows a route that any ultramarathoner would be happy to run. I’d never been very interested in the Edge to Edge Marathon before, because the old route used to just go along the forested highway between the coastal villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Why run on 40 km of road (OK, yes, there was a brief 2 km excursion to the beach, but the