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Athlete Interviews

Training Tips from Three of Ultra Running’s Greatest Coaches

Whether they’re gearing up for your first marathon, making a third attempt at the Vibram Hong Kong 100k, or testing their legs on a 24-hour, the most important piece of any long-distance runner’s preparation is a thorough, intentional training plan. The right regimen can spur an athlete to P.R.s and victory laps, and a mistimed […]

Skyline Scotland

Four years ago, Skyrunning UK was created to bring the ethos of running in the Alps and Pyrenees to UK shores. Of course, as many pointed out, the UK lacked the altitude and high-peaks of our French, Spanish and Italian friends. However, what we lacked in height most certainly could be compensated for with technical […]

Elisabet Barnes-“Transrockies"

Elisabet Barnes, 2017 Marathon des Sables champion decided to get steep and get high at the 2017 edition of the Transrockies – an iconic multi-day race that takes place in the USA. The race is a multi-day point-to-point race that is based upon the European TransAlpine run. Starting in Buena Vista, the race concludes in […]

Western States 2017

It’s that time of the year when the ultra and trail running aficionados go crazy at the prospect of another Western States 2017 Endurance Run (WSER) – the oldest 100-mile race in the USA and the one with the legendary story of Gordy Ainsleigh and a lame horse. With 18.000ft of climb and 22.000ft of […]

The Coastal Challenge 2017 : Frost and Owens dominate

New Zealand’s Anna Frost and the UK’s Tom Owens dominated Costa Rica’s 13th edition of The Coastal Challenge 2017 – a six-day race that follows the coastline stating in Quepos and culminating at the iconic Drake Bay. The Salomon sponsored duo grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck on day one and neither […]

Dean Karnazes – "The Road to Sparta"

Dean Karnazes “The Road to Sparta”  Tanned, chiseled, beaming smile, shortcut blond hair and a reverse turned peak hat –  Dean Karnazes personified cool. This guy is ripped and yes, he doesn’t look like a runner. Legs bulge with toned muscles and they are big; so far removed from the fleet of foot Kenyan’s. Dean’s […]

Jason Schlarb – “As Hard as A Rock!”

Jason Schlarb “As Hard As A Rock!” A broad smile, tanned face, and that classic 80’s ‘mullet’ confirms (if I had any question) that I am sharing a table with Jason Schlarb. We are on our second ‘Imperial’ and the Costa Rican sun is beating down on us. “Dude, I have just loved being in […]

Transgrancanaria 2017 Race Summary

On the stroke of 2300 hours, 900 runners departed from the northwestern coastal town of Ageate in Gran Canaria for the tough and challenging 125km journey with 8000m of vertical gain that is simply known as Transgrancanaria. A race in the UTWT (Ultra Trail World Tour) it has become over the years one of the […]

Hayden Hawks – C'min’ at ya, fast!

Hayden Hawks – C’min’ at ya, fast! On February 18th, Hayden Hawks will toe the line of Moab’s Red Hot 50k. If I was a betting man, I’d be having a punt and naming Hawks as the victor. Yes, this guy is on fire – he proved it in December when he pushed Zach Miller […]

Kaci Lickteig – Dreams Do Come True

Dreams do come true! Kaci Lickteig ran her first ultra in 2012 aged 25-years. A small lady, she does pack a punch. It’s all wonderfully echoed by her nickname ‘Pixie Ninja’ – that sums up Kaci in a nutshell. Some may say, 3rd time is a charm. It certainly is the case with Western States […]

The Coastal Challenge (TCC) 2017 Race Preview

The Coastal Challenge is multi-day race over 6-days starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Considered by many an ultimate multi-day running experience, it challenges even the most experienced runner. ‘TCC’ is not a self-sufficient race, but don’t be fooled, MDS […]

Michael Wardian – The Running Man (aka Forest Gump)

He keeps running and running. Michael Wardian just never stops. Many runners have been given the tag, ‘Forest Gump’ and in 2016 we certainly witnessed a couple of real-life ‘Gump’s’ in Pete Kostelnick and Karl Speedgoat Meltzer who respectively set two new records: Running Across the USA and setting an FKT on the Appalachian Trail. […]

Jim Walmsley's Record Breaking Year of 2016

By: Ian Corless As years go, 2016 has been a cracker in the world of ultra-running. Pete Kostelnick ran Across the USA in a record time. Karl ‘Speedgoat’ Meltzer set a new ‘FKT’ on the Appalachian Trail, Zach Miller broke the TNF 50-course record with a trailblazing run and Jim Walmsley has turned heads with […]

Pete Kostelnick – Running Across the USA

As records go, the 36-year old record of 46-days, 8-hours and 36-minutes of Running Across America by Frank Giannini Jr is a classic. It’s the stuff of legends and it is actually one of the oldest records in the Guinness Book of Records. Well, it was one of the oldest records until Pete Kostelnick came […]

Carlos Sa : Ultra Runner and Ultra Entrepreneur

By Alice Hunter Morrison Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, a writer for RunUltra, Lonely Planet Marrakesh Correspondent, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA. “At any time of life, we can resume the race and be champions” Photo: Dino Bonelli Carlos Sa, an amazing endurance […]

Marco Olmo: Legendary Double Winner of UTMB

By Alice Hunter Morrison Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, a writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA. Photo: UTMB In a sport where the accolade, legend, is not easily bestowed, there is one man who everyone can agree deserves it – Marco […]

Caroline Chaverot Triumphs this Weekend as the IAU Trail World Champion

This year’s IAU Trail World Champions contained the excitement that many ultra-marathoners dreams of competing in. Dealing with the never before raced course in Peneda-Gerês National Park of northern Portugal, combined with the terrain and mixture of humid weather set the pace for what was perhaps the closest women’s podium race the running community has seen.  In an interview with Bryon […]

Ultra Running: The Single Stage Race versus The Multi Stage Race

By Alice Hunter Morrison Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA, a subsidiary of Hope So Bright. The definition of an ultra running is any run that is over the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26.219 miles. […]

Elisabet Barnes Interview: Ultra Running Champion and Irun4Ultra Ambassador

By Alice Hunter Morrison Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike,” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA, a subsidiary of Hope So Bright. Elisabet Barnes is one of the world’s best women multi-day runners on the circuit. She is the 2015 Women’s Champion […]

Oliviero Bosatelli race Leader

  Race Leader: The 1st to enter the Campo Vita was Oliviero Bosatelli. He arrived at Cogne at 4:55 and came out at 5:04. In the photo, he’s exiting the Campo Vita. His physical and mental conditions were impressive: it seemed he had just left Courmayeur, he was really fresh, motivated, calm.   Race Leader Julien […]

Meredith June Edwards: Elite Athlete Interview

Ultrarunner and ski mountaineer Meredith June Edwards is from Jackson, Wyoming and took second place in the TDS in August 2016, one of the races at the great mountain festival of running, UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) in Chamonix, and came in 35th.

An American in Paris (well, Chamonix): USA triumph at UTMB

Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA.

The UTMB Course: An Expert Preview

Top 10 female Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc finisher Ester Sofia Alves talks about UTMB particulars at the 2016 race with IRun4Ultra’s Alice Hunter Morrison

Mohamad Ahansal Interview

Ahansal will be running the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon as an Ambassador for Hope So Bright to raise awareness about children who struggle with autism. One out of ten children are diagnosed with the disorder in the United States and Hope So Bright, through their elite running team and “I Run 4 Hope” campaign, are publicizing the issue and looking at different ways to treat the symptoms of autism.