When I was 30 I bemoaned getting slower and weaker. Not true. By any performance measure I can think of, I am a better ultrarunner in my 40s than I was one or two decades prior. My times on everything ranging from local climbs to the Leadville Trail course have all improved over the years.
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In January I added three women to my list of running bloggers over I noticed that all three of them run ultra distance races. Carolin Botterill, from Alberta Canada, competes in multi-day races. This made me wonder whether older female runners are particularly drawn to running longer distances. Of the ten British bloggers on my list, half are, or have been, ultrarunners. I decided to look at a selection of UK ultra races, to see if I could find out how many women over 50 are participating in ultras. An ultramarathon or ultra distance race is any race longer than the
Skip to Content. Forget marathons, ultrarunning is the ultimate distance discipline — and these 10 elite athletes are at the top of the game. It takes hard work, passion and natural talent to reach the elite in the world of ultrarunning. Officially defined as any race longer than a marathon, races are typically on trails ranging from 50 to miles, with flagship events including the Western States , the Hardrock and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. So what takes a runner from a good midfielder to a regular podium placer?
You read the advice from experienced trail runners. What follows is a list of ultra runs that are perfect for the first-time long distance racer—all run in the mercifully temperate and desperately beautiful Carolina autumn. Run in conjunction with a whole slew of events at the Get Out Greenville Festival, the Swamp Rabbit Urban Ultra has both the multiple long distance finisher and ultra first-timer in mind. Why is this a great first time ultra?