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100 Miles is Not That Far | An Ultra-Running Portal

Check it out folks, the Wings for Life World Run is coming in May.  What is this?  Think about a race that happens globally in 38 locations on 6 continents!  Everyone starts at the same time. Some at 7am, some at 10pm all around the world.  The real catch is the “catcher car”.  The gun goes off, the “catcher car” gives us a half hour head start.  Once the car catches you…you’re out. Who wins?  Spinal Cord Research.  100% of proceeds go directly to Spinal Cord Research.  Join me in Denver on May 4 at 4am.  See how long you last! How about that two posts in two weeks from Speedgoat Karl.   Check out my Speedgoat odds, coming on Monday morning.  The race:  The North Face 50 on December 7th.  I’ll be handicapping the top 20 men and women.  The field is super stacked and competitive for the $10,000 […]


 by TJ Hooks


What does it take as a teenager to not only race UltraMarathons, but consistently place high?

My name is T.J. Hooks, I’m sixteen years old, and I run Ultras.

If that were true than I’d be completely qualified to write this. Unfortunately the truth is closer to…

My name is T.J Hooks, I’m sixteen years old, and I’ve run three 50Ks. Actually, with one being Karl’s baby, SpeedGoat, this would be more accurate…

My name is T.J. Hooks, I was fifteen years old, and I ran fifteen miles, speed hiked five, and then crawled up five just to find out that I’d only gone twenty-five miles, and there’s still a brutally steep four mile climb that didn’t exist according to the last aid station volunteer who may, or may have not been, laughing at my surprise and despair as I dragged myself up the mountain for what must have been the sixth time by my last count, or was it seven…?

My point is that I’ll need some help with this; and also that when the race is SpeedGoat, thirty two miles is pretty, really, painfully far.

(Sorry, Karl.)

Thankfully, I know some incredible people who may be able to explain what it is that makes us so different from the average teenage XC runner… [..]



 by Karl Meltzer

“100 miles is not that far” but what about 200 miles? Or even further? Perhaps 2178 miles? Why do we do it? And what is the attraction to punishing our bodies for 15-48 hours? Is it really necessary to run 100 miles to catch the “runners high”?

Hmmmmm, all these questions. I’d be willing to bet we could come up with 100 answers pretty easily. I’ll let the readers fire away on these questions.

My simple answer in one word? Addiction. We are all addicted to something, whether it’s Speedgoat coffee when we wake up, or watching Seinfeld at 630 every evening? A routine of what we like to do feels natural. So here’s my first tip of the month: If you like to push yourself to run 100 miles, or hike the entire Appalachian Trail, become addicted to running first (trust me It’s easy), fit yourself into a “routine”, it soon starts to feel “natural”. We soon start telling ourselves, “100 miles is not that far”.



Almost 3 weeks ago, I played in the Speedgolf World Championships.  Speedgolf? I was introduced to Speedgolf about 8 months ago from Tim Scott, the executive director of Speedgolf International.  Apparently he found out that I used to play some pretty good stick.   After hearing that Bernard Lagat and Nick Willis were playing, I had to give it a shot.  Who does this, right? The event was held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, just south of Coos Bay, Oregon.  This is one of the nicest golf resorts in the U.S.  At $250 a greens fee, I figured my $250 entry fee would be just fine, with two practice rounds, and two tournament rounds.   It all equaled out in the end to about 4 ½ hours of golf, the standard time for an 18 hole round.   The tournament rules are simple,  it’s golf, be honest.  No mulligans for you.  Scoring […]


By Jacob Puzey

Each year, more and more people of all ages, abilities, and experience levels want to challenge themselves to do something beyond the traditional marathon distance.  The recent growth in popularity of ultrarunning has to do, in part, with the fact that many off-road in the wild, often remote places.  John Muir observed, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; the wilderness is a necessity.”

As the majority of communities to grow around population centers it is only natural that counter-communities grow up in defiance of the trend toward centering our lives on urban life.  One such community is the ultra community.  Those who take to the trails find a welcome reprieve with others that intentionally try not to bring with them the fast paced craze of the work world – leading to a much less egotistical, much more egalitarian community that embraces others who enjoy hours in nature with tasty treats and drinks.

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Todd Janssen grew up in the Midwest, playing every sport possible and ran his first marathon when he was 16. After competing in adventure races for several years, he ran his first ultra, the Mount Hood 50, in 2009 and completed his first 100-miler in 2010. Great beer, coffee and an even better outdoor lifestyle drew him from New York to Portland, and he now feels most at home in Forest Park.

Participating in multi-day adventure races helped him come up with the original idea that launched Go Beyond Racing, a company that provides live race results to allow friends and family to keep track of athletes in real-time from anywhere in the world.

Todd now either directs or times over 40 races each year and is constantly looking for ideas to make races better and more runner focused. He and Trevor Hostetler started the Northwest Mountain Trail Series in 2013 with mountain races in distances between 10K to 100 miles, with the goal of creating well organized races with a low-key vibe that celebrate the true spirit of trail racing.



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