Two years after breaking her leg and a doctor telling her she had to quit running, this Zen student took first place in one of the hardest endurance races on the planet. All it took was a little bit of Whitesnake and an understanding that winning is nothing more than the river under your feet.…

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I am the race director of the Hellbender 100 Miler, which includes some of the steepest summits in Southern Appalachia, including a climb up Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the East. This year’s event would turn out to be a huge learning experience for me. Let me preface this by stating that I had…

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Courtney Dauwalter RAN 279 Miles in Big Backyard Ultra and outlasted all but one competitor. On the morning of the fourth day, Johan Steene and Courtney Dauwalter stood at Big Backyard Ultra’s start corral once again. The three whistles had blown, signaling the three, two, then one-minute countdown. The duo awaited the clang of the…

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The 8 Toughest Ultras in the South At one time, ultramarathons were a niche sport. They were ridiculously long distance races that only the craziest endurance athletes were willing to attempt. Today, several hundred ultramarathons occur around the United States every year. Although an ultramarathon is technically anything longer that 26.2 miles, the most extreme…

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He beat the record fair and square. He just can’t hold it. Seventy-year-old Pennsylvania resident Gene Dykes beat the world record for his age group when he crossed the finish line of the Jacksonville marathon in 2:54:23 (averaging a 6:39 pace) on December 15, but due to a technicality, it doesn’t count. The Jacksonville marathon…

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