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 FRESH DIRT

The Heart, Soul and Legs Behind America's Longest-Running 50K
Editors' Choice: March Symposium on the best "old-school" trail race
By Sarah Lavender Smith

It’s the summer of 1982.

E.T. says “phone home,” Let’s Get Physical plays on Walkmans, joggers wear Dolfin shorts.

And Dan Williams, 33, blazes through the San Francisco Marathon in 2:32.

“People told me I’d be good at trail ultras, and I said, you gotta be kidding—a marathon is far enough,” Dan recalls.

But the idea sticks, the challenge beckons. A month after the marathon, in the heat of August, he enters his first-ever ultra, the inaugural Skyline 50K in the hilly terrain overlooking Oakland. “I thought if I slowed down, I could probably hang on another five miles.”

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 Check out the 2014 Trophy Series Races

Pacific/Desert    
04/20 Ka'ena PT Trail Run 10K; North Shore, HI
04/26 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA ; www.capitolpeakultras.com

04/26 Folsom Lake Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Folsom, CA
04/26 Night Sweats Trail Marathon Series #2 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
04/26 OAT Run 12K, 13.1M; Port Angeles, WA
04/26 Sasquatch Scramble 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Oakland, CA
04/26 Ultimate Hike Sedona 26.2M; Sedona, AZ
04/26 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile 50M; Pine, AZ
04/27 Mt Si Relay & Ultra Runs 50K, 50M, 59R; Snoqualmie, WA
04/27 Presidio Trails Run 10K; San Francisco, CA
04/27 Soaring Eagle Trail Run 5M, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sammamish, WA
04/27 Spokane River Run 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA ; www.spokaneriverrun.com

05/03 Armstron Redwoods Trail & Ultra Run 9K, 17K, 30K, 50K; Guerneville, CA
05/03 Canyons 50k 50K; Foresthill, CA
05/03 Grand Ridge Trail Run #1 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
05/03 Miwok 100K; Marin Headlands, CA
05/03 Prescott YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon 2M, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Prescott, AZ
05/03 Sinister Night Trail Runs 9K, 27K, 54K; Queen Creek, AZ
05/03 Western Pacific Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Fremont, CA
05/04 Little Mountain Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Mount Vernon, WA
05/04 Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K & 50K Relay 50K; Foresthill, CA
05/10 Cinderella Trail Run #1 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
05/10 Dirty Secret Trail Runs 5.8M, 10.3M; Cool, CA
05/10 Gold Rush 100K 50K, 100K; Folsom, CA
05/10 Horse Lake Half 13.1M; Wenatchee, WA
05/10 Liberty Lake Trail Run 8M; Liberty Lake, WA
05/10 Los Altos Hills Pathways Run 1M, 5K, 10K; Los Altos Hills, CA
05/10 McDonald Forest 50K 50K; Corvallis, OR
05/10 Me-Ow Marathons 26.2M, 50M; Unknown, CA
05/10 Mt. Diablo Trail and Ultra Run 8K, 25K, 50K; Clayton, CA
05/10 PCT 50 Miler 50M; Campo, CA
05/10 Quicksilver 50K, 50M; San Jose, CA
05/10 Ring the Bell Trail Run 8M, 16M; Coto de Caza, CA
05/10 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #1 5M, 8M; Newcastle, WA
05/10 Sunflower Marathon and Relay Event 26.2M; Winthrop, WA
05/10 Whoo's in El Moro 25K, 50K; Newport Beach, CA
05/17 Bishop High Sierra Ultra-Marathons 20M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Bishop, CA
05/17 Born To Run Ultra Marathons 10M, 50K, 100K, 100M; Los Olivos, CA
05/17 Coyote Lake Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Morgan Hill, CA
05/17 Grand Canyon 100 50K, 50M, 100M; Grand Canyon City, AZ
05/17 Mud Mountain Melee 8k 2.5M, 8K; Enumclaw, WA
05/17 Paiute Meadows 2M, 4.5M; Susanville, CA
05/17 Renegade Three Mile Trail Run Challenge 3M; San Dimas, CA
05/17 Ride the Wind Trail Races 20M, 50M, 100M; Las Vegas, NV
05/17 Silver State 50K/50M Endurance Runs 13.2M, 50K, 50M; Reno, NV
05/17 Sun Mountain 25K, 50K, 50M; Winthrop, WA
05/17 Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Race 12H; Redmond, WA
05/17 Wild Boar Run Trail Races 10K, 13.1M; Mill Valley, CA
05/17 XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge 6K, 22K; Malibu, CA
05/17 Xterra Renegade Off-Road Triathlon San Dimas, CA
05/18 Horseshoe Lake 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Palo Alto, CA
05/18 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA ; www.ohlone50k.com

Rockies
04/20 Westminster Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Westminster, CO
04/25 Ragnar Trail Zion 120M; Zion national Park, UT
04/25 Salt Flats 100/50 Mile Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Wendover, UT
04/26 Cheyenne Mountain Trail Races 25K, 50K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/26 Fort Collins Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Livermore, CO
04/26 Weiser River Trail 50K Relay & Solo Run 50K; Council, ID
05/03 Amasa 6.5M, 9.5M, 15.5M; Moab, UT ; www.grassrootsevents.net
05/03 Collegiate Peaks 25M, 50M; Buena Vista, CO ; www.CollegiatePeaksTrailRun.org

05/03 Greenland Trail Races 8M, 25K, 50K; Larkspur, CO
05/10 Don't Fence Me In Trail Runs 5K, 12K, 30K; Helena, MT
05/10 Fear The Deer Trail 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Littleton, CO
05/10 Quad Rock 50 25M, 50M; Fort Collins, CO
05/17 Baldy Blitz 110M; Bozeman, MT
05/17 Big Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Colorado Springs, CO
05/17 La Sportiva Vail Boneyard Boogie 11K; Eagle, CO
05/17 Sage Burner 50k/25k 25K, 50K; Gunnison, CO ; www.sageburnertrailrun.com/

05/17 SPS #1 Farragut State Park 5M, 13.1M; Athol, ID
05/18 Crazy Legs 10K 10K; Loveland, CO ; www.paulstofko.com

Heartland
04/20 Dirty Herd Spring Classic Fun Run 2.5M, 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
04/26 Chippewa Moraine Trail 10K, 50K; New Auburn, WI
04/26 Dash at the Dunes Trail Run/Walk 5K; Two Rivers, WI
04/26 DINO Trail Run Series - Town Run Trail 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN
04/26 Earth Day 50K/15 Mile 50K, 15M; Crystal Lake, IL
04/26 FlatRock 101 101K; Independence, KS
04/26 Hurt the Dirt 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Rockford, MI
04/26 Indiana Trail 100 50M, 100M; Albion, IN
04/26 Irish Ridge Trail Run 4M; Corning, OH
04/26 Iron Furnace Trail Run 5M, 20K; McArthur, OH
04/26 Lung Bustin' Justin Trail Run 5K; Sparta, WI
04/26 O24-Outrun 24 Hour Trail Run 24H; Kirtland, OH
04/26 OWBC Redbud Trail Challenge 10K; Summerfield, OH
04/26 Screaming Eagle Ultra 1H, 3H, 6H; Hermitage, MO
04/26 Trail Marathon Weekend 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Pinckney, MI
04/27 Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Bend, WI
04/27 Kokosing Miles Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K; Gambier, OH
04/27 Maple Syrup Fun Run 5K, 10K; Faribault, MN
05/03 7@7 Trail Races 1K, 5K, 7M; Mankato, MN
05/03 Flirt with Dirt 10K; Boston Township, OH
05/03 Tie Dye Trail Run 50K; Dayton, OH
05/06 George Rodgers Clark 5K, 10K; Dayton, OH
05/10 CLE Trail Marathon 26.2M; Willoughby Hills, OH
05/10 Dances With Dirt Gnaw Bone 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50R, 50M; Nashville, IN
05/10 Flirt With Dirt 5K; Novi, MI
05/10 Ice Age Trail 13.1M, 50K, 50M; La Grange, WI
05/10 Rock-On! Lake Perry 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Meriden, KS ; www.psychowyco.com/lakeperrytrailruns.com

05/10 Thoen Stone Seven 7M; Spearfish, SD
05/17 Growing Green Challenge 5K, 10M; Rush City, MN
05/17 Playin' Possum 50K Trail Run 50K; Delaware, OH
05/17 Superior "Spring" Trail Races 25K, 50K; Lutsen, MN

Northeast
04/26 Hyner View Trail Challenge 25K, 50K; Hyner, PA ; www.hikerun.com

04/26 Promise Land 50K 50K; Bedford, VA
04/26 TARC Spring Classic 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Weston, MA
04/26 Triple Crown Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Newark, DE
04/26 Whale Of A 5k Trail Race and Fun Run 5K; Rye, NH
04/27 Blue Hills Trail Races 3M, 10M; Milton, MA
04/27 Into The Mud Challege 2.5M; Gorham, ME
04/27 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 25K, 50K; Gardners, PA ; www.ironmasterschallenge.com

04/27 Leatherman's Loop 10K; Cross River, NY
04/27 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #4 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
04/27 Treehugger 5k 5K; Owings Mills, MD
05/02 24-Hour Adventure Trail Run 24H; Triangle, VA
05/03 Genesee Valley Tom LaMonica Memorial Trail Run 5K; Parkton, MD
05/03 Joe English Trail Challenge 25K; Amherst, NH
05/03 Rock the Ridge 50M; New Paltz, NY
05/03 The North Face Endurance Challenge 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; New York, NY
05/03 The North Face® Endurance Challenge Series - Northeast Regional 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Bear Mountain, NY
05/03 Trail Nut 10K, 13.1M; Bedford, VA
05/03 XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run 5K, 11K; Tannersville, PA
05/04 7 Sisters Trail Race 12M; Amherst, MA
05/04 Hither Hills Off-Road Half Marathon 13.1M; Montauk, NY
05/04 Medved Madness 15M; Mendon, NY
05/10 Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K; State College, PA ; www.tusseymountainback.com

05/10 Capon Valley 50K Run 50K; Yellow Spring, WV
05/10 Don't Mess with Mother Nature Trail Races 2K, 4.7M, 8M; Stuart, VA
05/10 Farm Park Challenge 3H, 6H, 26.2M, 50M; Derwood, MD
05/10 Long Island Greenbelt 25K, 50K; Plainview, NY ; www.glirc.org

05/10 Paws for Life May Day Trail Run/Walk 5K; Chesapeake City, MD
05/10 Salmon River Run 5.5M; Colchester, CT
05/10 Stateline Woods 9K/5K Trail Race for Conservation 5K, 9K; Kennett Square, PA
05/10 Thom B Trail Runs 13K, 26K; Ithaca, NY
05/16 Dominion Riverrock Filthy 5k Mud Run 5K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Dandelion Run 10K, 13.1M; Derby, VT
05/17 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV ; www.wvmtr.org

05/17 Dominion Riverrock James River Scramble 10K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County Race to Build 5K; Harrington Park, NJ
05/17 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
05/17 Trail 2 Trail Series: Kettletown State Park 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K; Southbury, CT ; www.facebook.com/trail2trailseries

05/18 Dirty German Endurance Fest 25K, 50K, 50M; Philadelphia, PA
05/18 Fountainhead Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M; Fairfax Station, VA
05/18 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races 6K, 24K; Stafford Springs, CT

South
04/20 Backside Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY
04/26 Augusta Canal 24 Hour Endurance Run 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, SC
04/26 Augusta Canal Adventure Race 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, GA
04/26 Bluebonnet Adventure Race 2H; Burnet, TX
04/26 Bluebonnet Trail Run 5K, 15K; Burnet, TX
04/26 Brazos Bend 50 & 100 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Needville, TX
04/26 Durty Spur Trail Run 10K, 30K; Hamilton, TX
04/26 Ft Clinch Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Fernandina Beach, FL
04/26 JW Corbett 50M/50K 50K, 50M; Loxahatchee, FL
04/26 Mountain Ranger Run 5K, 15K, 34K; Dahlonega, GA
04/26 Ouachita Trail 50 50K, 50M; Little Rock, AR ; www.RunArkansas.com

04/26 Owl's Roost Rumble 3.5M, 13.1M; Greensboro, NC
04/26 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN ; www.rockcreek.com

04/26 South Padre Island Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run 5K, 10K; South Padre Island, TX
04/26 Turtle Trot 5K; Largo, FL
04/27 Xterra Claw Trail Run 5M, 15K; Lithia, FL
05/03 Pandora's Box of Rox 10K, 13.1K, 26.2M, 50M; Burnet, TX
05/03 Purple Cloth 5K; Cary, NC
05/03 Run For Kids Challenge 10K, 50K, 12H; Birmingham, AL ; www.runforkidschallenge.com

05/03 Ultimate Hike Lone Star Trail 28.3M; Huntsville, TX
05/03 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50M; Cordesville, SC ; www.2014wambawswampstomp.eventbrite.com

05/10 Texas Flower Country Women's Run 5K, 10K; Fredricksburg, TX
05/16 Cruel Jewel 100M; Blueridge, GA
05/16 Thunder Rock 100 100M; Chattanooga, TN ; www.rockcreek.com/thunder-rock.rco

05/17 Black Mountain Monster 5K, 6H, 12H, 24H; Black Mountain, NC
05/17 El Chupacabra De Houston 5K, 10K; Houston, TX
05/17 Panther Creek Challenge 5K, 10M; Morristown, TN
05/17 Twisted Ankle 13.1M, 26.2M; Summerville, GA
05/17 Whispering Pines Trail Run 10M, 25K, 50K; Tyler, TX
05/18 XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Pelham, AL

International
04/20 Trail Des Citadelles 73K; Lavelanet, France
04/26 Rose Valley Trail Race 8K, 16K; Kelowna, BC
04/26 TrailCross - Chilliwack 1M; Chilliwack, AB ; www.trailcross.ca

05/02 Galapagos Running Adventure 26.2M; Isabela Island, Galapagos
05/02 Galapagos Running and Sierra Negra Volcano Marathon 26.2M; Guayaquil, Ecuador
05/03 North Shore Enduro 6H; North Vancouver, BC
05/04 The North Face Dirty Feet Kal Park 50 8K, 25K, 50K; Vernon, BC ; www.dirtyfeet.ca

05/10 5 Peaks Trail Run - Golden Ears Province 8.8K, 14K; Maple Ridge, BC
05/10 5 Peaks Trail Run - Terwillegar Park 8K, 16K; Edmonton, AB
05/10 Royal Raid 13.4K, 35K, 80K; Cascavelle-Bel Ombre, Mauritius
05/10 Seaton Trail Race 13K, 25K, 50K; Pickering, ON
05/10 Spruce Woods Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Spruce Woods, MB
05/11 Kassios Dias 21K; Kassiopi Corfu, Greece
05/11 POTENCIANA TRAIL 21K, 45K; Pusical, San Jose, Costa Rica

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