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10 Reasons NOT to Run an Ultramarathon
Moldy Camelbaks, mud-stained shoes and the endless questions about why someone would ever choose to run for hours on end
By Kristyn Bacon

1.  It’s dirty.
You have to use the bathroom in the trails or, if you’re unfortunate enough to do an ultra in the street, on the side of the road. Your Camelbak will never be clean, no matter what kind of bleach or organic cleaning product you use. You will eat with your hands. If it’s raining, your calves and butt will look exactly like the trail. Whatever color your shoes are now, forget it, because they’ll soon be brown.

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03/08 C-Hill, Run Hill, Ice 5K, 8M Carson City, NV
03/08 Chena River to Ridge 25M, 45M Fairbanks, AK
03/08 Chino Hills Trail Run Series 10M, 15M Brea, CA
03/08 Lake Sammamish 13.1M Redmond, WA
03/08 Mountain Marathon & Hillbilly Half 13.1M, 26.2M Olympia, WA
03/08 Romancing The Island 12K, 25K Angel Island State Park, CA
03/08 Stewart Mountain Trail Run 5K, 13.1M Bellingham, WA
03/08 Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run 50K Cool, CA
03/15 Badger Cove Half Marathon and Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1K Livermore, CA
03/15 Catalina island Conservancy Marathon 5K, 10K, 26.2M Avalon, CA
03/15 Chuckanut 50K Fairhaven, WA; www.chuckanut50krace.com

03/15 Coyote Cohorts Backbone Trail Ultra 68M Santa Monica, CA
03/15 Marin Ultra Challenge 50K, 50M Golden Gate National Rec Area, CA
03/15 Monument Valley Ultras 50K, 50M Monument Valley, AZ
03/15 Old West Trail Runs 30K, 50K Julian, CA
03/15 Zoom Quarry Lakes Run 5K, 10K, 13.1K Fremont, CA
03/18 Twin Peaks Ultra 50K, 50M Corona, CA
03/22 4 MPH Challenge Redding, CA
03/22 Calero Reservior Trail Run 9K, 13.1M, 26.2M San Jose, CA
03/22 Canyon Meadow #1 5M, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K Oakland, CA
03/22 Celtic Climb at Rocky Peak 5M, 10M, 26M Simi Valley, CA
03/22 Great Race of Agoura Hills/Chesebro Half Marathon 13.1M Agoura Hills, CA
03/22 Into the Wild OC Trail Run 10K, 21K Orange, CA
03/22 Jaimeson Jones Memorial Run 5K Kenmore, WA
03/22 Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs 8K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K Waddell, AZ
03/22 Napa Valley Trail Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M Calistoga, CA
03/22 Night Sweats Trail Marathon #1 26.2M Sausalito, CA
03/22 OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series #3 5M, 7M, 10M Orange County, CA
03/22 Old Goats 50 50M Lake Elsinore, CA
03/23 Whiskey Hill Redwood Run 10K Woodside, CA
03/24 XTERRA Black Canyon 9K, 21K Black Canyon City, AZ
03/28 Badger Mountain Challenge 15K, 50K, 100M Richland, WA; www.badgermountainchallenge.com

03/29 Chino Hills Trail Run Series 13.1M, 20M Brea, CA
03/29 Dash Point 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M Federal Way, WA
03/29 Gorge Waterfalls 50K 50K Cascade Locks, OR
03/29 Griffith Park Trail Marathon 26.2M Los Angeles, CA
03/29 Lagoon Valley Half Marathon/10k/5k 5K, 10K, 13.1M Vacaville, CA
03/29 Laughlin/Runnercard Half Marathon & 5K 5K, 13.1M Laughlin, NV
03/30 Golden Gate Headlands Marathon 7M, 13.1M, 26.2M Sausalito, CA
03/30 Gorge Waterfalls 100K 100K Cascade Locks, OR
03/30 Knickerbocker Canyon 10K, 13.1M, 30K Cool, CA; www.insidetrail.com

03/30 PCRF Reaching for the Cure Run 5K, 10K Irvine, CA
03/30 White Mountain 100 100M Fairbanks, AK

03/08 Dirty Hurty 13.1M Ivins, UT
03/08 Sierra Vista Trail Runs 10K, 30K, 50K Las Cruces, NM
03/15 Run Through Time 2M, 13.1M, 26.2M Salida, CO
03/21 Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M Syracuse, UT
03/22 24 Hours Of Utah...The Run 6H, 100K, 24H Moab, UT
03/22 Moab 100 50K, 100M Moab, UT
03/27 Pickled Feet Runs 6H, 12H, 24H, 48H, 100M Eagle, ID
03/29 Behind the Rocks 25M, 50M Moab, UT

03/15 DINO Trail Run Series - Mounds 5K, 15K Anderson, IN
03/15 Mrs. Robinson's Romp 5K, 10K Kansas City, KS
03/15 Run for the Bridges (Wilderness Park) 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M Lincoln, NE
03/15 Seamus Scramble 5K West Bend, WI
03/22 Down & Dirty 5M Brecksville, OH
03/22 Fox Valley Winter Trail Series #3 10K Geneva, IL
03/23 Germantown 10 Miler 10K Dayton, OH
03/29 Extreme North Dakota Sandhills Ultra Run Experience (END-SURE) 50K Macleod, ND
03/29 Prairie Spirit Trail 100 & 50 Mile Ultra 50M, 100M Ottawa, KS
03/30 Fools Run 25K, 50K Peninsula, OH

03/05 Shamrock Trail Run 5K Harrisonburg, VA
03/08 Green Legs and Hamstrings 5K, 10K, 13.1M Danville, VA
03/08 Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K Boalsburg, PA
03/08 Seneca Creek Trail Marathon and 50k 26.2M, 50K Giathersburg, MD; www.senecacreektrailrace.com

03/09 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #2 5M, 10M Annandale, VA
03/15 Instant Classic Marathon and Trail Half 26.2M, 13.1M Chesterfield, VA
03/16 TARC Spring Thaw 6H Andover, MA
03/22 Finally Spring 5K 5K Manchester, CT; www.manchesterrunningcompany.com

03/22 HAT Run 50K Havre De Grace, MD
03/22 Haulin' in the Holler 5K, 25K, 50K Eleanor, WV; www.haulinintheholler.com

03/22 Montvale 5 & 10 Mile Trail Races 5M, 10M Montvale, VA
03/22 Mount Tammany 10! 40M Delaware Water Gap, NJ
03/22 New Jersey Ultra Festival 26.2M, 50K, 50M, 100K, 100M Sussex, NJ
03/22 Terrapin Mountain 50K & Half Marathon 13.1M, 50K Bedford, VA; www.eco-xsports.com

03/23 Chasin For Chalfin 5K, 15K Coatesville, PA
03/23 Rosaryville Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M Upper Marlboro, MD
03/29 Mile Run Trail Challenge Half Marathon 13.1M Mile Run, PA; www.parunners.com

03/29 Wolfes Run 5K, 10K Staten Island, NY
03/30 Virginia Creeper Marathon 26.2M Abingdon, VA

03/06 Savannah Grit 175 25K, 50K, 100K Savannah, GA
03/08 Assault on Garland Mountain 5K, 9M Cartersville, GA
03/08 Dances With Dirt Green Swamp 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M, R Dade City, FL
03/08 Land Between The Lakes 10K, 23K, 26.2M, 60K, 50M Grand Rivers, KY; www.wkrc.org

03/08 Prickly Pear 10 Mile and 50K Trail Runs 10M, 50K San Antonio, TX
03/08 Q50 Ultras 13M, 25M, 50M Franklinton, LA
03/08 Roanoke Canal Half Marathon & 8k 8K, 13.1M Roanoke Rapids, NC
03/09 Dirty Double Trail Marathon 26.2M Knoxville, TN
03/09 Dirty South Trail Half 13.1M Knoxville, TN
03/09 Eco Lonestar XTERRA Trail Run 5K, 15K Sam Houston National Forest, TX
03/15 Dirty Spokes North Georgia College Trail Running Race 2.5M, 5.3M Gainesville, GA
03/15 Top of the Mountain to Ya 4M, 11K Danbury, NC
03/15 Tour de Village 2014 – 5K run across Carrollwood 5K Tampa, FL
03/16 Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate 26.2M Asheville, NC
03/16 Fall Creek Falls 50K & Half Marathon 13.1M, 50K Pikeville, TN
03/22 Crazy Desert Trail Race 131.1M, 26.2M, 50K San Angelo, TX
03/22 Double Top 100 Mile 100K, 100M Chatsworth, GA
03/22 Grasslands Run 13.1M, 26.2M, 50M Decatur, TX
03/22 Race for RARE 5K, 10M Gastonia, NC
03/22 Rock/Creek River Gorge 6.5M, 10.2M Chattanooga, TN
03/22 Six Hour Snake Run 6H Tulsa, OK
03/22 Spring Equinox Ultra 10M, 50K, 50M Meadville, MS
03/22 Xterra Camp Eagle Trail Run 6K, 10K, 21K Rocksprings, TX
03/23 XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Runs 5K, 15K Tampa, FL
03/29 Bear Blaster 50K Augusta, GA
03/29 Croom Fools Run 16M, 50K, 50M Tampa, FL
03/29 Lake Martin Trail Runs 27M, 50M, 100M Alexander City, AL
03/29 Phipps Bend River Run 11M Surgoinsville, TN; www.RunTriCities.org

03/29 Sticks & Bones Trail Race 5K, 10K Charlotte, NC
03/29 Yeti NIGHTmare Run 5M, 10M Douglasville, GA
03/30 Mountains-to-Sea Trail Challenge 12M, 50K Raleigh, NC

03/08 Dirty Duo Trail and Mountain Bike Race 15K, 25K, 46K North Vancouver, BC
03/08 Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon 47K Queenstown, New Zealand
03/08 Motatapu Off Road Marathon 15K, 42.4K, 49K Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand
03/09 XTERRA Puerto Rico Series @ Hacienda Madrigal 7K, 14K Cidra, Puerto Rico
03/14 Run of Kutch 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M, 135M Koteswar Bhuj Gujarat, India
03/14 TransLantau 100K Hong Kong, Hong Kong
03/16 Cap Crusher 8K North Vancouver, BC
03/16 Ultra Marathon de Ouarzazate 10K, 30K Ouarzazate, Morocco
03/23 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Run #1 5K, 10K, 13.1M Kamloops, BC
03/27 Eco Trail de Ouarzazate 111K Ouarzazate, Morocco
03/29 Eco-Trail de Paris® 18K, 30K, 50K, 80K Paris, France
03/29 Roller Coaster Run 21.5K, 43K Mt. Dandenong, Australia
03/30 Hysan Healthy Hike n Run 5K, 13K, 21K Tai Tong Shan, Tai Lam, N.T., Hong Kong

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