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In this episode, we are joined by 20-year-old Zach Bates, who just finished Canyons 100k and happens to be on the Autism spectrum. Back in May 2021, Zach told his parents that he wanted to run 100 miles. Having zero ultra experience and only six months to prepare, Zach accomplished his goal and created something very special in the process. Zach is…
 
By Davy CrockettIn 1878, Daniel O’Leary of Chicago was the undisputed world champion of ultrarunning/pedestrianism. He cemented that title with his victory in the First International Astley Belt Six-day Race in London, defeating seventeen others, running and walking 520.2 miles.The Astley Belt quickly became the most sought-after trophy in ultrarun…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchBy 1878, interest in ultrarunning/pedestrianism had taken a strong hold in Great Britain. The six-day race was viewed as a unique new branch of the running sport that fascinated many sporting enthusiasts. Like P.T. Barnum who was the first major promoter of ultrarunning in America, John Astley became th…
 
100 Marathons in 100 Days. UltraRunning Magazine ambassador Jacky Hunt-Broersma joins us on day 82 on her quest to run 100 marathons in 100 days. What makes this endeavor truly remarkable is that Jacky is an amputee. Her left leg was amputated below the knee in order to save her life due to a rare form of cancer. Jacky talks with URM about her reco…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchIn America, 1876 had been a “loopy” six-day race year, with at least eighteen races held. Interest was high, but there were also skeptics. Closing out the last episode, Daniel O’Leary, of Chicago, the champion pedestrian of the world, reached 500 miles for the third time in six days, but his reputation …
 
We are delighted to welcome Keely Henninger into the inner sanctum of the UR Magazine Podcast as she shares her mission to pursue her highest potential while helping others reach theirs, too. Keely has her focus set on Western States in June, where she’s looking to best last year’s performance which landed her among the top 20 finishers. Join us as…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchThe year 1876 was a particularly important year in ultrarunning/pedestrian history and thus several episodes have covered the events held that year. It was the year when the six-day races started to spread across America for the first time.Lost in ultrarunning history, is the story of the first major si…
 
Ellie Pell joins the URM podcast to share her thoughts on scoring a Golden Ticket at the Bandera 100k, mental performance coaching (a service she offers at no cost), racing Western States, how she caught the running bug, the East Coast running scene and so much more. Stayed tuned after the interview for our "What’s the Issue" segment with UltraRunn…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchUltrarunning in Ukraine has had a long, wonderful history since the early 1970s. As the country is being ravaged from war, ultrarunners around Ukraine have turned their attention to survival, defending their country, or fleeing as refugees to other countries. Ultramarathons, once held regularly in Ukrai…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchWomen's Six-Day RaceIn 1876, Chicago, Illinois was the six-day race capital of the world. A six-day race frenzy broke out in many other cities, after the incredible Mary Marshall vs. Bertha Von Hillern race was held in February 1876. (see episode 101). They showed America that not only could men pile up…
 
Flagstaff’s Trueheart Brown joins the URM podcast to talk about his first win at a stacked Black Canyon 100K in Arizona, nabbing a Golden Ticket to Western States. True talks to Scotty about his race-day experience (only his fourth ultra) and his approach to WS100, which will be his first 100-miler. True also shares his experience working on a hot …
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchIn early 1876 while Edward Payson Weston was taking on England in storm, embarrassing the British long-distance walkers and runners in the first six-day race in that country (see episode 99), the six-day race continued to be of growing interest in America, this time among women! Some in the press called…
 
It's Valentine’s Day and in the season of red roses and mad dashes to the local drug store for "heart-shaped anything," we put together a collection of interviews featuring three different ultrarunning couples. These endearing endurance athletes share stories about how they met and bonded over ultrarunning. URM editor Amy “Gangsta of Prose” Clark a…
 
By Davy Crockett and Phil LowryYou can read, listen, or watchIn Auburn, California, on the evening of July 30, 1972, an awards banquet was held at the fairgrounds for the finishers of the Western States Trail Ride, also known as the Tevis Cup. There was additional excitement that year among the exhausted riders, who early that morning had finished …
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchThe six-day challenge (running as far as you could in six days) originally started in England during the late 1700s. Fifty years later, in the 1820s, a six-day frenzy occurred as many British athletes sought to reach 400 or more miles in six days (see episode 91). But then, six-day attempts were essenti…
 
Ultrarunning legend Pam Smith kicks off Season 3 of the UltraRunning Magazine Podcast just one day after learning that she’ll be burning it up, literally, at Badwater later this year. Pam shares her thoughts about running through the desert, setting four American age group records at the 2021 Desert Solstice Track Invitational, competing for Team U…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchIn 1875, Edward Payson Weston was the most famous ultrarunner (pedestrian) in the world. Like a heavyweight boxing champion dodging his competition to keep his crown, he avoided repeated challenges to race against the up-and-comer, Daniel O’Leary of Chicago, Illinois. The two were the most famous Americ…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchDaniel O'LearyBy March 1875, Edward Payson Weston, from New York City, was on top of the ultrarunning world (called Pedestrianism). He had just won the first six-day race in history, was the only person who had ever walked 500 miles in six days and held the 24-hour world walking record of 115 miles. Thr…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchAcross the Years race, established in 1983, is being held next week in Arizona for the 37th time. It is one of the oldest fixed-time races in the world that is still held annually. The race is always held at the end of the year, crossing over to the new year with a grand celebration. Through the years, …
 
In this episode, we are joined by the talented Adam Merry who recently won Run the Rock 50-miler in Oregon and set a course record. Adam shares his experience about his win, working with running coach David Roche, his journey to compete at an elite level and most notably, his personal mission to increase representation of Black, Indigenous and peop…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchP.T. Barnum featured ultrarunners (pedestrians) in 1874 who were attempting to reach 500 miles in six days, to bring paying patrons into his massive indoor Hippodrome in New York City 24-hours a day. Even though the first attempts by Edward Payson Weston and Edward Mullen came up short (see part 3), Ame…
 
There is something magical happening in the woods in Appalachia - it’s part rebel, part genius, part unicorn and entirely full of heart. For those not in the know, Jason Green, founder of Yeti Trail Runners, has spent the last 10 years creating a trail running counterculture of sorts, and ultra events which are about as unorthodox as the reason Jas…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchThe ultimate showman, P.T. Barnum of circus fame, was surprisingly the first serious ultrarunning promoter and established the first six-day race in America. He waswe famous for the saying “There’s a sucker is born every minute,” and figured out how to get America to come out by the thousands to watch s…
 
In this episode we’re joined by the extraordinary Tessa Chesser of Flagstaff, AZ who recently punched her ticket to Western States when she podium’d at Javelina Jundred in what was just her second 100-mile effort. Tessa shares a very authentic look into her life as we discuss her training, recovery, personal journey, self-care and love. Follow Tess…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchCongratulations to Eric Clifton, originally from North Carolina, now of California, who was inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame on November 19, 2021. Clifton was the fastest and most dominating 100-mile trail runner during the 1990s as trail ultras became popular in America. His “go for…
 
The book, Fixing Your Feet by John Vonhoff with Tonya Olson, is the ultrarunner’s definitive guide on foot care. Now in its 7th edition, John and Tonya share details about the book’s new upgrade and essential tips including shoe fit, sock selection, foot care, recovery and much more. John brings 39 years of experience as a runner, cyclist, hiker an…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchThe six-day race became the most popular ultrarunning (pedestrian) event of the 19th century. In Part 1 of this series, Foster Powell started it all in 1773 when he ran 400 miles in six days in England. During the next fifty years, ultrarunners tried to match and beat his historic effort, especially dur…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchRecently, the six-day race received some attention in ultrarunning news because the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) announced that they would no longer recognize the six-day event or keep records for it. This shocked many ultrarunning historians and particularly runners who participate i…
 
In this episode we are joined by Western States Endurance Run Race Director, Craig Thornley, for his candid take on some of this year’s tragic ultra events. Craig offers an honest perspective on mountain ultra safety and the roles and responsibilities of race organizers and runners. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for more information about yo…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchIn 1963, President John F. Kennedy unintentionally played a role that provided the spark to ignite interest for ultrarunning both in America and elsewhere. The door was flung open for all who wanted to challenge themselves. An unexpected 50-mile frenzy swept across America like a raging fire that domina…
 
By Davy CrockettYou can read, listen, or watchSpartathlon, an ultra of 246 km (153 miles), takes place each September in Greece, running from Athens to Sparta and with its 36-hour cutoff. It is one of the toughest ultramarathons to finish.In Part 1 of this series, episode 88, the story was told how Spartathlon was born in 1982, the brainchild of an…
 
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