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26th running of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race in India this October

One of the longest-running staged ultramarathons on the planet, the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race is about to see its 26th year. This 5-day event takes place on the ridgeline that forms the border between India and Nepal, at elevations ranging from 6000-12,000′ (approximately 1800-3600 m). I ran this race three years ago – so I know what I am getting into! – and am excited that I will be back again this year to report for RunningUltramarathons. The event consists of

Cape Wrath Ultra, Scotland: 400 hard-earned km over eight days

Near-perfect weather conditions led to a higher-than-predicted finish rate for Scotland’s inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra – a 400 km staged ultramarathon through the rugged Scottish Highlands. Race report by Press Release, photos by Ian Corless. Marcus Scotney (UK), ran down the track towards the Cape Wrath lighthouse at 11:05 on Sunday 29th May, and was cheered into the finish of the first Cape Wrath Ultra™ by a small group of fellow runners, media, and race staff. Running strongly, he arrived in the lighthouse

Scotland’s Cape Wrath Ultra starts tomorrow: 400 km in eight days (with a bit of mountain!)

[By Rob Howard, SleepMonsters.com] The inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra is about to begin and it is going to take 95 brave ultra runners on the journey of lifetime through the wild landscapes of North-West Scotland. The race is organised by Ourea Events, the company which revived the Dragon’s Back Race in Wales so successfully in 2012. That race is justifiably renowned as one of the world’s toughest multi-day ultras and the Cape Wrath Ultra is of the same pedigree –

Gorge Waterfalls 100k ultramarathon race report: A dozen waterfalls along this scenic route

[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

The Barkley Marathons: A film about a footrace with a 98% DNF rate

The 2016 Barkley Marathons is happening RIGHT NOW… so let’s take a look at the recently released film about it! With a sub-title of “the race that eats its young,” this is not a competition for the faint-hearted. (I know ultramarathoners are not faint-hearted… but this one is at a totally different level). Since April 1986, this (approximately) 100-mile race has taken place every year, in Tennessee. Around 40 runners are accepted each year – provided that they have paid the $1.60

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – a one-week staged race in record-setting heat!

The 16th running of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 7-day 250 km staged ultramarathon, more than lived up to its name. South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is already a hot part of the world. Runners were warned to expect temperatures possibly into the 40s (and potentially down to freezing at night). But an unprecedented heat wave, seeing temperatures well into the mid-50s (around 130°F), created truly extreme conditions for racers – conditions that, for some, became life-threatening. The past few

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

Eight Lessons From My First DNF: A Very Belated Leona Divide 50 Race Report

Crista Scott shares the lessons she learned from her first DNF at the Leona Divide 50-mile ultramarathon, in Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes, southern California last April. This article was originally published on her blog: misscristascott.blogspot.ca. Lesson #1: “Sometimes races go as planned; more often than not, however, the unexpected happens.” Laz, Founder of the Barkely Marathons. Leona Divide was the first race I ever signed up for that I didn’t really know if I could finish. The race entry

Lavaredo Ultra Trail race report: 119 km in the Italian Dolomites

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

Hard core aid station – at Hardrock Hundred Mile, Kroger’s Canteen

Here’s a great vid from the Salomon Running team… showing what goes into setting up the aid station at Kroger’s Canteen, at 13,100′ elevation and 68 miles in to the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, Colorado. Sound like the kind of ultramarathon aid station you want to volunteer at? Well, there’s a waiting list (and you have to have run Hardrock previously to even get on the list). It’s hard to get into the race too – you have to

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