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Alex Kurt Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:02 TWEET COMMENTS 15

The Beards of Ultrarunning

Fear the beard. Or admire it.  At the very least, envy it.


Photo by Brett Rivers/San Francisco Running Company

Trail runners are cut from a different cloth than their clean-shaven brethren on the roads. And the longest events on the trails pull another type of eccentric breed entirely.

Maybe it’s because beard-growers are tough and strong; maybe it’s because a lot of ultrarunners want the competition to think they are tough and strong. Whatever the reason, the “ultra beard” – that phenomenon occurring when ultrarunning meets facial hair – has never been more popular. Here are a few of our favorite examples:


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