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Seattle's Ultrarunning Renaissance
How an original epicenter for ultrarunning elites became one of the world's best towns for the average runner
By Tim Mathis

The archetypal Seattle success story features an unassuming genius mastering a revolutionary craft in obscurity before exploding to international prominence and changing the world.

It happened with a number of different Seattleites—when Jimi Hendrix released “Are You Experienced?”, with Bill Gates and Microsoft and the personal computer and again when Nirvana released “Nevermind,”back when grunge was something other than fodder for Buzzfeed.com list topics.

In the world of ultrarunning, it also happened with Scott Jurek.

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Pacific/Desert    
06/01 Dirty Girls and Dudes Trail Run 1M, 10K, 13.1M; Lakewood, WA
06/01 Hook and Ladder Run 5K, 10K; Livermore, CA
06/01 North Olympic Discovery Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Port Angeles, WA
06/01 Run For The HIlls 8K, 30K; Corvallis, OR
06/07 Auburn Trail Runs 21M, 25K, 34M; Auburn, CA
06/07 Berry Creek Falls Trail Run 10K, 15K, 25K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/07 Calero Trail Run 2.8M, 9M, 16M, 32M, 50M; Santa Clara, CA
06/07 Evergreen Trail Runs Echo Valley 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Chelan, WA
06/07 Flight of Fire Half Marathon 13.1M; Las Vegas, NV
06/07 Foothills Trail Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Ultra 50M; South Prairie, WA
06/07 Lynch Canyon Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vallejo, CA
06/07 Run Like the Wind Running Festival 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Ellensburg, WA
06/07 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run 100M; SAn Diego, CA
06/07 Shadow of the Giants 20K, 50K; Fish Camp, CA
06/07 Silver Falls Challenge 56M; Silverton, OR
06/07 Truckee Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Truckee, CA
06/07 Twilight Trail Adventure 5K, 10K; Cool, CA
06/07 Vashon Island Ultramarathon and Trail Run 10M, 50K; Vashon, WA
06/08 Beacon Rock 25K, 50K; North Bonneville, WA
06/08 Big Basin Redwoods 26.2M, 50K; Boulder Creek, CA
06/08 Holcomb Valley Trail Runs 7M, 15M, 33M; Big Bear Lake, CA
06/08 Valley Crest Half Marathon 13.1M; Tarzana, CA
06/13 Moonshine Trail Races 5K, 15K, 25K; Redding, CA
06/14 Adrenaline Night Trail Relays 45K; Fountain Hills, AZ
06/14 Rodeo Valley 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Rodeo Beach, CA
06/14 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #2 5K, 8M, 14M; Bellevue, WA
06/14 She Rocks the Trail 25K, 50K; Auburn, CA
06/14 Smith Rock Ascent 4M, 15M, 50K; Terrebonne, OR
06/14 SoCal Wine Country Women's Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Temecula, CA
06/14 Trail Quake 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
06/15 Lake Youngs Ultra 28.8M; Renton, WA
06/15 Robert Spurr Mountain Run 3M; Bird Ridge, AK
06/19 Renegade Summer Trail Run Series #1 at Peters Canyon 5M; Tustin, CA
06/21 Crissy Field Half Day Solo & Relay 12H; San Francisco, CA
06/21 Double Dipsea Race 13.7M; Stinson Beach, CA
06/21 Mary's Peak Trail Run 25K, 50K; Blodgett, OR
06/21 San Lorenzo River Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Santa Cruz, CA
06/21 Snoqualmie Valley Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Carnation, WA
06/22 Burton Creek Trail Run 6K, 12K, 13.1M, 50K; Tahoe City, CA; www.tahoetrailrunning.com

06/22 Rattlesnake Ridge 5M, 13M, 50K; North Bend, WA
06/22 Woodminster Cross Country Race 9M; Oakland, CA
06/28 Taylor Mountain Trail Run 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
06/28 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run 100M; Squaw Valley, CA
06/29 Run To Squaw 12K; Tahoe City, CA

Rockies
06/01 Fish Hatchery 5K; Leadville, CO
06/01 Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 50K; Westcliffe, CO
06/01 Mesa Run 1M, 5K, 10M; Golden, CO
06/06 Ragnar Trail Snowmass 120M; Snowmass, CO
06/07 Evergreen Mountain 15K; Evergreen, CO
06/07 Mountain to Valley Trail Runs 4M, 10M; Glenwood Springs, CO
06/07 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 50M; Provo, UT
06/07 Vigor Utah - Solitude Mountain Resort #1 3M, 5M, 8M; Solitude, UT
06/07 Xterra Moab 5K; Moab, Ut
06/07 XTERRA Turkey Track Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/xterraturkeytrack
 
06/08 Herron Half and 10K 6M, 13.1M; Kalispell, MT
06/11 Summit Trail Running Series - #1 5K, 8K; Breckenridge, CO
06/12 FIBArk Tenderfoot Mountain Hill Climb 1M; Salida, CO
06/14 Bryce 100 Mile 50K, 50M, 100M; Bryce Canyon, UT
06/14 Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half Marathon 15.5M, 26.2M; Leadville, CO
06/14 SPS #2 Heyburn State Park 5M, 13.1M; Plummer, ID
06/15 FIBArk Trail Run 10K; Salida, CO
06/20 Bighorn Trail 100 100M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com

06/21 Angel Fire Endurance Runs 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Angel Fire, NM
06/21 Bighorn Mountain Wild And Scenic Trail Run 30K, 50K, 50M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com

06/21 Howelsen 8 Miler 4M, 8M; Steamboat Springs, CO
06/21 La Sportiva Beaver Creek Summer Solstice 5K, 10K; Beaver Creek, CO
06/21 Old Gabe 25K, 50K; Bozeman, MT
06/21 Park City Trail Series 5K 5K; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com

06/21 River of No Return Endurance Runs 25K, 50K, 100K; Challis, ID
06/21 San Juan Solstice 50 Mile 50M; Lake City, CO
06/21 Wahsatch Steeplechase 17M; Salt Lake City, UT
06/21 Wulfman's CDT 14K; Butte, MT
06/25 Summit Trail Running Series - #2 4K, 7K; Breckenridge, CO
06/27 Leadville Trail Series Running Camps 15M, 26.2M, 50M, 100M; Leadville, CO
06/27 Ragnar Relay - Wasatch Back 197M; Logan, UT
06/28 Elk Meadow 5K, 10K; Evergreen, CO
06/28 Happy Jack Endurance Races 6H, 12H, 24H; Laramie, WY
06/28 Jim Bridger Trail 10 Miler 5K, 10M; Bozeman, MT
06/28 North Fork 50 50K, 50M; Pine, CO
06/28 Silverton Double Dirty 30 100K; Silverton, CO
06/28 Winter Park Half Marathon 13.1M; Winter Park, CO
06/28 Xterra Jordanelle Trail Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Jordanelle, UT

Heartland
06/01 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com

06/04 Sugarcreek Trail Run 5M, 25K, 50K; Dayton, OH
06/07 ALZ Stars - Hospital Hill Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kansas City, MO
06/07 Another Dam Run 50K; Dayton, OH
06/07 Blue Mound Trail Run 9K, 25K; Blue Mounds, WI
06/07 Buckeye Buster Trail Challenge 10M, 50K; Cambridge, OH
06/07 Chester Woods Trail Run 5K, 10M, 50K; Rochester, MN
06/07 FANS 6H, 12H, 24H; Minneapolis, MN
06/07 Flirt with Dirt 10K; Novi, MI
06/07 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; www.kettle100.com

06/07 Rock & Run 5K; Spencer, IN
06/07 Yankee Springs Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 52.4M; Middleville, MI
06/08 Hell Creek on Heels 5k/15k 5K, 15K; Wilson Lake State Park, KS
06/14 City of Trails 5K, 10K; St. Croix Falls, WI
06/14 Conserve School Trail Run 5K, 20K; Land O’Lakes, WI; www.greatlakesendurance.com

06/14 Deerfeild Lake Loop - BHRC Black Hills Trail Running Series 11M; Hill City, SD
06/14 Dirty Dash - Detroit 5K; Mt Morris, MI
06/14 Indian/Celina Challenge 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Leopold, IN; www.runperrycounty.com

06/14 Lake Mingo Trail Run 7.1M; Danville, IL
06/14 ROC Trail Run 7K; Columbia, MD
06/14 Summer Intro Trail Run 2.8M; Kansas City, KS
06/15 Father's Day Run 4 Trails 5K; Fort Wayne, IN
06/15 Towpath Ten Ten 10K, 10M; Valley View, OH
06/20 Rock The Night Away Trail Run 13.1M, 10K, 5K; Kansas City, KS; www.trailnerds.org

06/21 Dirty Rocks Trail Run 10K; Fairview Park, OH
06/21 Mohican Trail 100 Mile 26.2M, 50M, 100M; Loudonville, OH; www.mohican.net

06/21 Monroe County F.O.P. Run / Walk 5K; Valmeyer, IL
06/21 The Dizzy GOAT 3H, 6H, 12H; Schramm Park State Recreation Area, NE
06/21 West Michigan MudVenture 5k 5K; Grandville, MI
06/22 Waterfall Trail Run 5K, 10K; Lagro, IN
06/28 Black Hills 100 50M, 100K, 100M; Sturgis, SD; www.blackhills100.com

06/28 Dawg Gone Long Run 50M, 50M; Dayton, OH

Northeast
06/01 Cayuga Trails 50 50M; Ithaca, NY; www.CayugaTrails50.com

06/01 Conquer the Cove 25K, 26.2M; Roanoke, VA
06/01 Dirty Girl Trail Race 4M; Albany, NH
06/01 Run Like a Girl - Richmond 5K, 8K; Richmond, VA
06/01 Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6M; Boalsburg, PA
06/06 TARC 100 50M, 100M; Weston, MA
06/07 11 Miles of Trouble - West River Trail Run 11M; South London, VT
06/07 Ashland State Park Trail Race 5K, 10K; Ashland, MA
06/07 DomnarskiFarm.com Trail Run 5K; Palmer, MA
06/07 Granouge 7.5M; Wilmington, DE
06/07 Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
06/07 Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K; State College, PA; www.rothrockchallenge.com

06/07 RSD River Ramble 5K; Rochester, NY
06/07 Six In The Stix - WNHTRS 6M; Newport, NH
06/07 The North Face Endurance Challenge - Washington DC 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Washington, DC
06/07 Tortoise & Hare Trail Run 10K; Ithaca, NY
06/07 XTERRA Richmond Xduro 10K, 21K; Richmond, VA
06/08 Race To The Top of Bradford 3.5M; Bradford, VT
06/08 Trail 2 Trail Series: Huntington State Park 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CT; www.trail2trailseries.com

06/13 Ragnar Trail Relay Appalachians 120M; Bruceton Mills, WV
06/14 Highlands Sky Trail Run 40M; Davis, WV; www.wvmtr.org

06/14 Jewell Trail Run/Walk 5K; Colebrook, CT
06/14 Laurel Highlands Ultra 50K, 70.5M; Ohiopyle, PA
06/14 Mikey's Way Miles for Smiles 5K; Redding, CT
06/14 OSS/CIA 50M Night Run 50M; Triangle, VA
06/14 Tanglewood Tanglefoot Trail Runs 10K, 20K; Elmira, NY; www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com

06/15 Hebron Trail Challenge 10K; Ellicott City, MD
06/15 New Paltz Challenge Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; New Paltz, NY
06/21 Manitou's Revenge 56M; Windham, NY
06/21 Oaks & Jokes 13.1M, 21M, 26.2M, 30M; Chesapeake, VA
06/21 Pocono XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run 10K, 21K; Mocanaqua, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com

06/21 Pocono XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run 5K; Wilkes-Barre, PA
06/21 Pyle Run 4M, 7M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Ohiopyle, PA
06/21 Rat Race Challenge 10K; Toms River, NJ
06/21 XTERRA Big Elk Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Elkton, MD
06/22 Eager Seeger Half Marathon 13.1M; Boalsburg, PA
06/22 Eastern Divide Ultra 50K; Pembroke, VA; www.easterndivideultra.com

06/22 Run For The Ages 10k Trail Chase 10K; Reading, PA
06/28 Catamount Ultra Marathon 50K; Stowe, VT
06/28 Charlie's Old Goat Trail 7M; Victor, NY
06/28 Henricus Dauber Dash 5 Mile Mud Run 5M; Henricus, VA
06/28 Ultimate Hike Dolly Sods Wilderness 20.7M; Davis, WV

South
06/01 Xterra Salinas Trail Run 10K, 20K; Salinas, PR
06/07 Bernheim Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY
06/07 Cumberland Gap Ridge Trail Marathon 26.2M; Cumberland, TN
06/07 Ultimate Hike Foothills June 28.3M; Oconee County, SC
06/07 War Eagle Trail Runs 10K, 25K, 50K; Rogers, AR
06/08 Rock Dallas Trail Run 5K, 15K; North Shore, Lake Grapevine, TX
06/13 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 60M; Chattanooga, TN
06/14 Hell Hole Hundred 100M; Goose Creek, SC; www.hellholehundred.eventbrite.com

06/14 Lakeshore Trail Trek 8M, 16M; Knoxville, TN
06/14 Rope Mill Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Woodstock , GA
06/14 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run 6K, 16K; Spicewood, TX
06/21 Dirty Spokes - Haw Creek 2.85M, 5.5M; Cumming, GA
06/21 Gator Bait Adventure Race 5K, 15K; Huntsville, TX
06/21 Gulf Winds Summer Trail Series - Cadillac Trail 5.5M; Tallahassee, FL
06/21 OUT N BACK Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 25.4M; Alexandria, LA
06/21 Without Limits Running Series 5K, 25K, 50K; Greenville, SC
06/22 Gator Bait Trail Run 2H; Huntsville State Park, TX
06/28 Capt'n Karl's Night Time Series - Pedernales Falls 10K, 30K, 60K; Johnson City, TX
06/28 The Challenge of Devils Garden 12M; Roaring Gap, NC

International
06/01 Ecomaratona Delle Madonie 43K; Polizza Generosa, Italy
06/01 Maple Sugar Rush 6.2K, 12.4K; Earltown, NS
06/01 Mud Run Canada 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/01 Northants Ultra 35 35M; Northampton, United Kingdom
06/01 Psiloritis Race 21M; Rethymnon, Greece
06/01 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Run #2 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kelowna, BC
06/02 Northwest Passage Marathon at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Somerset Island, NU
06/07 5 Peaks Trail Run - Squamish 6.9K, 11K; Squamish, BC
06/07 5 Peaks Trail Run - Sunridge 7.5K, 15K; Strathcona, AB
06/07 Dolomiti Extreme Trail 53K; Forno di Zoldo, Italy
06/07 Nanaimo Ultramarathon 3H, 6H, 12H; Nanaimo, BC
06/07 Red Bull Divide & Conquer 12K; North Vancouver, BC
06/07 The Original Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu #1 30K, 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
06/07 Trail la Clinique du Coureur 1K, 5K, 10K; Lac Beauport, QC
06/07 Vigolana Trail Run 35K, 65K; Vigolo Vattaro, Italy
06/07 Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon 13.2M; Threshfield, United Kingdom
06/09 Hvitasunnuhlaup - Whitesun run 14K, 17.5K; Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
06/14 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canmore Nordic Center 5K, 15K; Canmore, AB
06/14 TrailCross Edmonton 2K; Edmonton, AB
06/21 Cerler Vertical 5K; Cerler, Spain
06/21 Kusam Klimb 23K; Sayward, BC
06/21 Round The Isle of Wight 70M; Cowes, United Kingdom
06/22 Rundles Revenge 7K, 12.5K, 25K, 50K; Canmore, AB
06/27 The North Face« Lavaredo Ultra Trail 118K; Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
06/28 Buckin' Hell 20K, 40K; North Vancouver, BC
06/28 Cortina Trail 46K; Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), Italy
06/28 Ultra Alpinemarathon (Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf) 54K; Veitsch, Austria
07/01 Run Canada Day Trail Race 5K, 10K; Vancouver, BC

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