Sitting inside Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, Erwin is a hiker’s paradise. The town is surrounded by 150 miles of forest trails, not to mention the A.T., which skirts the edge of the small mountain community.
In 1999, tired of the rat race that road running had become for me, I ran my first ultra. I had no idea what I was getting into. I had never read Ultrarunning Magazine and I had only met one ultra runner in my life. But it seemed like a good idea at the time, so I went for it.