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UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge 2018

Ultra running events (events longer than a marathon distance) are up 1,000% in the last decade according to The Guardian. Although racing events have the most visible presence, here in the Pacific Northwest there are a couple intriguing variations on the ultra running theme. Aspire Adventure Running, one of Northwest …

Adventure racing

Richard Kresser Running Toward Joy

Beaming with exuberance and emanating positivity, Richard Kresser is a prominent activist expanding the boundaries of running and multisport endurance adventures in the Northwest and beyond. Richard grew up in Iowa, where he felt challenged by an older brother who demonstrated abundant athletic talent. “Growing up, I was always undersized …

Destinations

Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT

Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also always been a free spirit who found it hard to stick with things. As a kid she tried team sports, but they never felt right. …

Backcountry travel

Ras & Kathy Vaughan: Just Ordinary Human Beings

Within the progression of ultra running, Ras & Kathy Vaughan are rather unlikely activists. Ras’ first backpacking trip at age 11 ended with his Boy Scout troop being rescued by helicopter. When Ras and Kathy met in 1996 neither had any formal athletic experience, and Ras in particular was doing …

Backcountry travel

A Lexicon for Ultra: Running | Mountaineering | Hiking | Walking

Like all athletic disciplines, ultra running has its own unique vocabulary which can be off-putting at first. For starters, the term “ultra running” is a bit of a misnomer. A major misconception is that “ultra (and trail) running” involves running at all times. Yes, depending on the route, the very …

Personalities

Ragsdale & Crew Successful at Moab 240

Seattle’s Chris Ragsdale, considered one of the US’ top ultra cyclists, has increasingly put his athletic efforts into ultra running. As Chris’ training buddy Jim Ryan has noted, Chris is building a resume as an all-around ultra athlete. After a successful but painful 2013 Race Across America, Chris re-evaluated his …

Backpacking

Jessica Kelley Goes Wild

I first got to know Jessica Kelley in 2013 when she was a coach with Cycle University, and was the liaison with the Cascade Bicycle Club’s High Performance Cycling team. At the time she probably thought of herself as a triathlete, and as you can see in the video below, …

Personalities

Ragsdale and Ryan at the Moab 200

Over the past few years Seattle’s Chris Ragsdale, who earned a reputation as one of the US’ top ultra cyclists, has increasingly put his athletic efforts into ultra running. Next on Chris’ hit list is the Moab 200, which starts October 13. I had to do a double-take to verify …

Running

Get Faster by Running with Faster People

Running faster requires determination, commitment and, for me, at least one training partner to drag me along. While I know plenty of people are able to do long runs and tempos solo, I rarely meet a speedster who can consistently get hard work done on the track by themselves. I …

Friends

7 Tips to Make Racing With Friends Fun

So you excitedly signed up for a race and realized that you have no one to go with? Fear not! I have some tips on how to get your friends to join in on the fun. 1. Choose an interesting or easy to access race Driveable, or right in town, …