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July 2004

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Hardest Hundreds

Want to join the century club? The Blue Ridge boasts some of the biggest, baddest 100 mile tests of endurance - from 100-mile mountain ultramarathon runs to singletrack century bike rides. Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

Running in Reverse: The Benefits of Backwards Running

Timothy “Just Call Me Bud” Badyna is probably the most famous backward runner in the world, He has held world records in the 5K, 10K, 200 yard, and marathon for running backward, making him the man to beat in the world of reverse running.

Rails-to-Trails Roundup

Call it land recycling at its finest or the industrial revolution in reverse—taking abandoned railroad corridors and turning them into trails. The practice actually started in the mid-1960s, but lately the development of Rail Trails is exploding.

Training for Your First Ultra

Ever think about running beyond the traditional 26.2? Here’s a crash course in getting your body ready for a one-day test of endurance.

A Hike Beneath the Hemlocks

A wonderful hike in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest is the Bear Creek & Pinhoti Trails, near the Cohutta Wilderness Area

In Praise of the Triple Ring

Road bikers scoff at my triple ring. They tell me that the quickest way to lose strength is to use a triple. On one ride it was announced to all riders that I had a triple ring so that we would keep “that kind” of a ride in mind...