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 August 15, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Why Trail Running and Ultras are the Perfect Marriage
Editor's Choice: August Blog Symposium on the trail-running media's fascination with ultras

By Jenni Hulburt

As a research assistant in college, I landed a trip to the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, California. Over that four-day period, I met some amazing enduring people, traveled in one of the most extreme environments in the world, and got a glimpse of what ‘ultra-running’ is all about.

It changed the way I thought about running. At that time, I had never been on my feet for more than 23 miles in one bout.  It inspired me to run further, harder, and leave behind any excuses I did have. I realized there was another world out there, another breed of people, who didn’t live by traditional boundaries and distances. They seemed to live and run on their own terms, and I liked that.

The biggest realization I had was this: Who defines distances anyway? Read on …


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Pacific/Desert   
09/14 Emerald Bay Trail Run 12K; Tahoe City, CA; www.bigblueadventure.com

09/14 Mathis Memorial Run 7M, 25K, 22M, 50K; Folsom, CA
09/14 Paatuwaqatsi - Water Is Life 50K; Polacca, AZ; www.waterisliferun.org

09/14 Plain 100 Mile Endurance Race 100M; Plain, WA
09/14 Zoom Point Pinole 2 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Palo Alto, CA
09/15 Diablo Trail Run 4M, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Clayton, CA
09/15 Toro Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Salinas, CA
09/20 Ragnar Relay HERA Team - San Francisco 200M; San Francisco, CA
09/21 Cle Elum Ridge 25K, 50K; Cle Elum, WA
09/21 Columbia River Power Marathon and Ultra 26.2M, 50K; Umatilla, OR
09/21 Drag-N-Fly Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Antioch, CA
09/21 Fall Out of Summer @ Calero Park 9K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Santa Clara, CA
09/21 Javelina Jangover Night Run 7K, 25K, 50K, 75K, 100K; Fountain Hills, AZ
09/21 Middle Fork 50K and 20-Mile Trail Run 20M, 50K; North Bend, WA
09/21 Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35M; Santa Barbara, CA
09/21 Sierra Nevada Endurance Runs 12K, 26.2M, 52.4M; Granite Bay, CA
09/22 Flagstaff Endurance Runs 50K, 50M; Flagstaff, AZ
09/22 Happy Girls Run Forest Grove 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Forest Grove, OR
09/22 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 3.0 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA; www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com

09/22 The Place Movin' Day 5K, 10K; Newbury Park, CA
09/28 Berkeley Trail Adventure 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Berkeley, CA
09/28 Big Sur Trail Marathon 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Big Sur, CA
09/28 Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Avalon, CA
09/28 Lost Sierra 50K 50K; Graeagle, CA
09/28 Mogollon Monster 100 106M; Pine, AZ; www.mogollonmonster100.com

09/28 Mountain Lakes 100 100M; Olallie Lake, OR
09/28 Tehaleh 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Bonney Lake, WA
09/29 Catalina State Park Trail Race 5.2M, 10.3M; Tucson, AZ
09/29 Dirt Devil Dirty Invitational Trail Marathon 26.2M; San Diego, CA
10/05 Baker Lake 50K Trail Run 50K; Concrete, WA
10/05 Condor Trail Run 25K; Corvallis, OR
10/05 Mt Spokane 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA
10/05 Mt Umunhum 100k 100K; San Jose, CA
10/05 Rio Del Lago 50K, 100K, 100M; Granite Bay, CA
10/05 Sekani Trail Run 5K, 10K; Spokane, WA
10/05 Snowfest Scarecrow Spring and Stroll 5K, 10K; Tahoe City, CA
10/06 Big Bear Ridge Run 10K, 13M, 24M; Big Bear Lake, CA
10/06 K2 Summit 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Cool, CA
10/06 Santa Rose Rut Run 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Santa Rose, CA
10/06 XTERRA Estrella Mountain 8K, 20K; Goodyear, AZ
10/12 Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon 13.1M; Susanville, CA
10/12 Canyon de Chelly Ultra 55K; Chinle, AZ
10/12 Elk- Kings Mtn Traverse 15M; Tillamook, OR
10/12 Honey Badger Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Rafael, CA
10/12 Man vs Horse Owen's Peak Marathon 26.2M; Ridgecrest, CA
10/12 Soulstice Mountain 6M, 11M; Flagstaff, AZ
10/12 Xterra St. Edward Harvest 10K, 13.1K; Kenmore, WA

Rockies
09/13 Run, Rabbit, Run 50M, 100M; Steamboat Springs, CO
09/14 Moab's Alpine to Slickrock Race & Relay 50M; Moab, UT
09/14 Park City Mini Trail Series 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com

09/14 Rattlesnake Ramble 4.25M; Eldorado Springs, CO
09/14 The Rut 12K, 50K; Big Sky, MT
09/15 La Sportiva Vail Evergold 7.1M; Vail, CO
09/15 Lead King Loop Charity Races 2.5K, 12.5K, 25K; Marble, CO; www.leadkingloop25k.com

09/20 Goats in the Dark 3.2M; Missoula, MT
09/21 Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart Trail Run 13.5M, 19M; Crested Butte, CO
09/21 Emerald Mountain 12K; Steamboat Springs, CO
09/21 Jelm Mountain Run 10.3M; Jelm, WY
09/21 Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon 13.1M; Aspen, CO
09/22 XTERRA Marathon Of Trail Races 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Colorado Springs, CO
09/22 XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Colorado Springs, CO
09/22 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship 5K, 10K, 21K; Ogden, UT
09/27 Bear 100 100M; Preston, ID
09/28 Cruxy Half Marathon 13.1M; Vail, CO
09/28 Devil Mountain Ultra 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events

09/28 Double Robie & Aldape Challenge 16.6M, 26.2M; Boise, ID
09/28 Golden Gate Canyon Trail Run Half Marathon 12.7M; Black Hawk, CO
09/28 Idaho Mountain Festival 10K, 13.1M; Almo, ID
09/28 Mt Taylor 50K 50K, 50R; Grants, NM
09/28 Sundance Trail Run 10K, 30K, 50K; Sundance, WY; www.sundancetrailrun.com

09/28 Trick or Treat 12K 12K; Sun Valley, ID
09/28 Uber Rock 50K; Vail , CO
09/28 Ultra Race of Champions 100K; Vail, CO
09/29 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Lakewood, CO; www.bearchaserace.com

09/29 FORE Miler 4M; Centennial, CO
09/29 Snow Mountain Ranch Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Granby, CO
10/05 Big Tesuque Trail Run 12M; Santa Fe, NM
10/05 Fall Evergold Trail Race 2M, 10M; Idledale, CO
10/05 HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon 13.1M; Highlands Ranch, CO
10/06 Blue Mountain 30k 30K; Missoula, MT
10/06 Blue Sky Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Fort Collins, CO
10/12 24 Hours Of Boulder...the Run 6H, 12H, 24H, 24R; Boulder, CO
10/12 Boulder 100 & 50K 50K, 100M; Boulder, CO
10/12 Mountain View Trail Run 13.1M; Syracuse, UT
10/12 Silent Trails Memorial 10M; Laramie, WY

Heartland
09/13 Rock Cut Coyote Howl 10K Nite Run 10K; Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL
09/14 Bohemian Alps Utramarathon 50K; Brainard, NE
09/14 Flirt with Dirt 10K; Boston Township, OH
09/14 Hawk 100 and Trail Runs 26.2M, 50M, 100M; Lawrence, KS
09/14 Mark Twain 100 50M, 100M; Steelville, MO; www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net

09/14 Rock Cut Hobo Trail Run 25K; Rockford, IL
09/14 Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Shenandoah, IA
09/15 Evergreen Lake Ultra and Half Ultra 31M, 43M; Hudson, IL
09/15 Hobart Urban Nature Preserve Run 5K; Troy, OH
09/15 Oak Openings Stampede 5K, 25K, 50K; Swanton, OH
09/15 Rock Cut Hobo Trail Run 50K; Rockford, IL
09/15 Timber Trail XT 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Harrison, MI
09/18 Autumn Trail Series #2 5.8K; Bloomington, MN
09/21 5K Trail Run for 2-1-1 5K; Ionia, MI
09/21 Birkie Trail Run and Trek 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI; www.birkie.com
09/21 Dances With Dirt Hell 50K, 50M, 100R; Pinckney, MI; www.dwdhell.com

09/21 In Yan Teopa 10 Mile 10M; Lake City, MN
09/21 Surly Trail Loppet 5K, 13.1K, 13.1M; Minneapolis, MN
09/22 Crazy Leg 13.1 Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Chesterton, IN
09/22 Dirty FarmHand Mud Run #3 5K; Rush City, MN
09/22 Fall Colors Run 5M; Rush City, MN
09/22 Hell Creek on Heels 5K/30K 5K, 30K; Wilson State Park, KS
09/22 Norseman Trail 5K, 10M; Kensington, MN
09/28 Cardinal Scramble 5K; Sun Prairie, WI
09/28 Cheyenne Creek Fall Trail Run 5K, 10K; Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Cheyenne Creek Trail Run 2013 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Fall Trail Classic 4M; Caledonia, IL
09/28 FlatRock 50K, 25K; Independence, KS
09/28 Grand River Run 8K; Ada, MI
09/28 Hungerford Games 13.1M, 26.2M, 50M; Big Rapids, MI
09/28 Rock Bridge Revenge 12K, 25K; Columbia, MO; www.columbiatrackclub.com

09/28 Vasa Trail Head 5K, 10K, 25K; Traverse City, MI
09/29 Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Lafayette, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com

09/29 Wabash Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN
10/01 Extreme North Dakota Trail Running Adventure Lap Style 6H, 12H; Grand Forks, ND
10/02 Autumn Trail Series #3 5.8K; Bloomington, MN
10/05 Bohemian Alps Endurance Runs 1M, 4M, 13.1M; Brainard, NE
10/05 FLATS Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Kirksville, MO
10/05 Indian Lake Trail Run 6K, 12K; Madison, WI
10/05 Moraine Hills Run for the Hills 10K, 13.1M; Mchenry, IL
10/05 Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Ontonagon, MI
10/05 Red Heel Run 5K, 10K; Osage, IA
10/05 Top of Michigan 100K Ultra Run/Relay 100K; Gaylord, MI
10/05 White Tail Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Waynesville, OH
10/06 Run Crazy Horse 26.2M; Crazy Horse, SD
10/06 Salamander Sprint Trail Run 5K, 10K; Fort Wayne, IN
10/06 Sandrat Trail Run 9.5M; Lawrence, KS
10/09 Hawk Ridge 6K; Duluth, MN
10/12 10-10-10K 10K; Rapid City, SD
10/12 Heartland 100 50M, 100M; Cassody, KS
10/12 Market to Market 50K 50K; Lincoln, NE
10/12 Newton Hills Trail Races 2M, 6.2M; Canton, SD

Northeast
09/14 Rock 'N The Knob: PA's Highest Trail Race 5M, 30K; Clayburg, PA
09/14 Vineyard Dash 5K 5K; Vienna, MD
09/15 Dam Half & Dam Full 13.1M, 26.2M; Mifflingburg, PA; www.midpenntrailblazers.com

09/15 EX2 Off-Road Half Marathon 13.1M, 10K; Triangle, VA
09/15 Helvetia 10K Mountain Run 10K; Helvetia, WV
09/15 Hit the Hay 13k Trail Run 13K; Birdsboro, PA; www.pretzelcitysports.com

09/15 Trails to a Cure 8M; Chester, CT
09/21 12-Hour Adventure Trail Run 12H; Triangle, VA; www.athletic-equation.com

09/21 Hancock Shaker Village 50 50M; Pittsfield, MA
09/21 Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge 7K, 14K; Ridgway, PA
09/21 Run for the Green 13.1M, 10K, 5K; Davidson, NC
09/21 Trails 4 Tails 40 Mile Ultra and Relay 40M; Hanover, PA
09/21 Virgil Crest Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Virgil, NY; www.VirgilCrestUltras.com

09/22 Conestoga Trail Run 10M; Holtwood, PA
09/22 Kismet Cliff Run 5M, 13.1M; North Conway, NH
09/22 Sloppy Cuckoo 12H; Philadelphia, PA
09/28 James River Loop 8-Mile Trail Run 8M; Richmond, VA
09/28 Megatransect 26M; Lock Haven, PA
09/28 Mountain Madness 7M, 25K, 50K; Ringwood, NJ
09/29 GVH MudslogXC 8M; Fairport, NY
09/29 Vermont 50 50K, 50M, 50R; Brownsville, VT
10/01 Out Of Bounds Half Marathon And 10K Trail Races At Bristol Mountain 10K, 13.1M; Canandaigua, NY
10/05 Lehigh Gap Nature Center More or Less a 10K Trail Run 10K; Slatington, PA
10/05 Ultimate Xc Vermont Edition 2K, 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; East Burke, VT
10/06 Blue Steel Stampede 10K; Baltimore, MD
10/06 Blues Cruise 50K 50K; Leesport, PA
10/06 Houghton's Pond 6.2M; Milton, MA
10/06 Mountain RAID 4 & 12 Mile Trail Races 4M, 12M; Newry, ME
10/06 NipMuck Trail Marathon 26.4M; Ashford, CT
10/06 Paine to Pain 13.1M; New Rochelle, NY
10/12 Fall Foliage Trail Runs 5K, 10K; Waynesboro, VA

South
09/14 6 Hours of Dauset Trails Endurance Trail Run 6H; Jackson, GA
09/14 Bays Mountain Trail Race 15M; Kingsport, TN; www.RunTriCities.org

09/14 Muscle Milk Woodsy - Atlanta 5M, 9M; Atlanta, GA
09/14 Rough Creek Trail Run 13.1M, 26.2M, 40M; Glen Rose, TX
09/15 Southern 6K Trail Race 6K; Chattanooga, TN
09/21 Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay 6H, 12H; Savannah, GA
09/21 Georgia Jewel 50K, 50M, 100M; Dalton, GA
09/21 Morgan Conservation Park Five Miler 5M; Louisville, KY
09/21 XTERRA Georgia Harbins Park 10K; Dacula, GA
09/28 Trails of Hope at Miller Springs 5M; Belton, TX
09/28 XTERRA Alabama Cheaha State Park 10K; Delta, AL
10/05 Arkansas Traveller 100 100M; Perryville, AR
10/05 Hunter Gatherer Ultras 50K, 100K; Rocksprings, TX
10/05 Rock/Creek Stump Jump 11M, 50K; Chattanooga, TN
10/06 FATS 50k 50K; North Augusta, SC
10/06 Goodwill Mud Run #3 3.5M; Greenville, SC
10/12 Beech Mountain Madness 50K; Beech Mountain, NC
10/12 Frogtown Trail Challenge 4M, 10M; Cumming, GA
10/12 John Holmes Trail Run 16M, 50K; Brooksvile, FL
10/12 XTERRA Georgia Fort Yargo State Park 5K, 10K; Winder, GA

International
09/14 Baviaanskloof Trail Run 40K; Willowmore, South Africa
09/14 Eco-Trail de Bruxelles« 19K, 26K, 50K, 80K; Brussels, Belgium
09/14 Ucka Trail 25K, 41K; Moscenicka Draga, Croatia
09/16 Danski Bank Vilnius Marathon 26.2M; Vilnius, Lithuania
09/20 Krali Marko Trail 2013-90km 90K; Prilep, Macedonia
09/20 USN Atlantic Coast Challenge 78.6M; Padstow, United Kingdom
09/21 5 Peaks Trail Run - Devon 5K, 21K; Devon, AB
09/21 Canadian Rockies HeliRun 19K; Calgary, AB; www.transrockies.com

09/21 Krali Marko Trail 2013-38km 38K; Prilep, Macedonia
09/21 Run Off The Grid 12K, 25K, 37K, 50K; Mattawa, ON; www.naturesharmony.ca/run-off-the-grid/overview

09/22 Scanlon Creek Run for the Trails 5K; Bradford, ON
09/22 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series #4 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kamloops, BC
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Buntzen Lake 5K, 15K; Port Moody, BC
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canmore Nordic Center 5K, 15K,; Canmore, AB
09/28 Autumn Rush Trail Race 10K, 21K, 42K; Kelowna, BC
09/28 Patagonian International Marathonk 10K, 21K, 42K, 63K; Puerto Natales, Chile
09/29 II? trail del Moscato 50K; Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
09/29 Mutha's Nature Trail Run 25K, 50K; Vancouver, BC
10/04 Beaudry Lemming Loop 3H, 6H, 12H, 24H; Winnipeg, MB
10/06 TrailCross London 2K; London, ON
10/11 Votwo Atlantic Coast Challenge 78.6M; Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom
10/12 Calypso Trail - Mljet Islad 50K; Mljet Island National park, Croatia
10/12 Cuddly Coyote 3 9K, 27K; Black Point, NS
10/12 Great Ocean Walk 100s 50K, R, 100K; Apollo Bay, Australia
10/12 XTRAIL Asics Mt Orford 1K, 5K, 10K, 21K; Oxford, QC

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