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Join ultra runners Jeremy Reynolds and Jeff Winchester as they share the unique, inspiring and mind-blowing stories that make up the ultra running community, all with the goal of helping you take the next step in your ultra running journey. More from The Ultra Running Guys: Website: www.theultrarunningguys.com Race: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=105484 Race: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Winnabow/TheFinalCountdown FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheUltrarunningGuys IG: https://www.i ...
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Melissa Londry ran her first 50K back in 2015, but it was during COVID that she really got warmed up, knocking out her first 100 miler as a virtual race and then completing an astounding 45 UltraSignup events since Feb of 2020, which doesn’t even include other monster efforts such as the 240 mile Tridge to Bridge which is an unofficial and unsuppor…
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The DAYTONA 100 is a point to point race that starts from Jacksonville Beach and goes south to Ponce Inlet, which is about 10 miles south of Daytona. The course is flat and is a solid choice for a first ultra or to set a PR. The race is run on pavement, so this is not a 100 miles of running on the sand down the coast. If you hear Florida and think,…
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After realizing he had become the guy that parents warned their kids to stay away from, Todd Bogdaschewskyi joined the Marines to make something of himself. But as a mortuary affairs specialist, Todd came face to face with atrocities that most humans will never have to face, and he eventually found himself depressed, deep in addiction, and grossly …
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For today's race spotlight, we are heading to Memphis, Tennessee to take a look at the Mamba 100. The race is run mostly on single track with minimal elevation gain, which should make for a relatively faster course for the 100 mile distance. The course is a looped course with each loop being 14.3 miles. For everyone doing trail math right now, that…
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Trey Morrison has been on quite the journey. After a high school injury ended his sports aspirations, he found himself in a deep dark hole fueled by drugs, alcohol, and self hatred. And then, after losing his brother a few years ago, he hit rock bottom, and decided he only had 2 options. Suicide, or faith. Luckily for us, he chose faith and in Dece…
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For ultra runners that are history buffs, this is the perfect combo. A race event that has a 50 mile and 100 mile option that allows runners to travel back in time to run along a portion of the historic Pony Express trail. The race takes place in Western Utah along a course that is very remote. The course is 100% dirt road and only has about 3000 f…
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Scott Perry seems to be just about everywhere. During his buildup for the 2024 Georgia Death Race, he has been seen running, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, pacing, crewing, sweeping a course, and maybe even mountain biking, usually with friends, some of which he probably just met that day. And following GDR, Scott is on a mission to find the HARDES…
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Family! That's what this race, the Loopy Looper, feels like to us. We have had 6 of our previous guests run this race at some point and all have talked about it in some way, shape or form. So, we figured, it is time for us to get to know the Race Directors themselves. The race itself has 12 hour, 24 hour, a 100 mile and a relay option for those loo…
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Prior to COVID, Chase Price was a gym rat who hated to run. But after putting in some time and targeting a few half marathons, he decided to "do something crazy" and set a personal goal of finishing a 100 Mile race. And boy, did he! Chase blazed through his first 100 miler at Blackbeard's Revenge, finishing in 16 hours and 17 minutes, claiming 2nd …
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Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. With this series of Race Spotlight episodes, we want to introduce you to races that you may or may not have heard of by speaking directly to the Race Directors to give you all the information you need.We have featured a few of the races put on by Aravaipa running…
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Howie Stern is known for his work behind the camera, capturing some of the sport's most iconic moments. But many people don't know he has been running ultras since 1999, with 10 Hardrock 100 finishes, 9 Angeles Crest 100 finishes, and many more.We had the honor of sitting down to hear about Howie's personal running journey, his most memorable momen…
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With these Race Spotlight episodes, our goal is to introduce a race to the Ultra Running Guys family, but, it is also not every day that you get to have as a guest, one of the legends of the sport. There is nothing cooler than to be able to learn about a race that is also hosted by a legend.Let us tell you about the race first. Today we are talking…
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As recently as 2022, Diana Gorder believed that running 100 miles was a personal impossibility, an iconic feat reserved for the ultra fit. And then within a year, she set the course record at the 2022 Nutcracker Endurance Run 12 Hour (75 miles), took 1st place female at the 2023 Blackbeard's Revenge 100 Miler (18:44:08), and set another course reco…
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Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. With this series of Race Spotlight episodes, we want to introduce you to races that you may or may not have heard of by speaking directly to the Race Directors to give you all the information you need.On this episode, we want to welcome you to the world of Javeli…
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Jake Jackson started out as a smoker who could afford to drop an extra 30 pounds and transformed himself into one of the best endurance runners on the planet! He has competed for Team USA twice at the 24-Hour World Championships and after taking on the Black Canyons Ultras 100 Mile Challenge, he will be gearing up for the longest challenge of his l…
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Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. With this series of Race Spotlight episodes, we want to introduce you to races that you may or may not have heard of by speaking directly to the Race Directors to give you all the information you need.Not every race is a vacation, but there are some races that ar…
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Ed Kennedy is kind, tough, and has 100% earned our respect. From The Umstead 100 to The Uwharrie 100 to the Southern Tour Last Man Standing, we had tons to talk about. And he brought so much value! Take us on your long run to hear how Ed knocked 4 minutes off his aerobic running pace, how he worked through multiple setbacks on his journey to conque…
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Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. With this series of Race Spotlight episodes, we want to introduce you to races that you may or may not have heard of by speaking directly to the Race Directors to give you all the information you need.This episode presents to you a monster of a race out of Easter…
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The Legend Himself! Few people have impacted the sport of ultrarunning like Gary Cantrell, aka Lazarus Lake. It was an absolute honor to sit down with him and chat not only about the races that have made him known around the world, but also his personal journey into running and race directing. Tune in to hear about his overnight Christmas runs, how…
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One word. Carnage!Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. With this series of Race Spotlight episodes, we want to introduce you to races that you may or may not have heard of by speaking directly to the Race Directors to give you all the information you need.This week, we take a look at the Cruel Jewel…
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After years as a busted up runner who seemed to constantly be facing injury, Jameson Collins had a life changing moment in 2021 that sent him on a trajectory to signing up for a marathon, then a 50K and then...the MOAB 240. In 2023, less than 2 years after his epiphany, Jameson finished 2nd overall for the combined times of the Triple Crown of 200s…
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Adventure Awaits!Our mission is to help runners take their next step along their ultra running journey. Well a 250 mile race is one helluva big step and we invite you to go on that trip with us. The Cocodona 250 debuted in 2021 and has been a huge success from day one. This race is 250.1 miles. You have 125 hours to finish. The overall elevation ga…
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Sandra Bullock Smith knows better than anyone how to crew an ultra. After supporting her husband Mike to over two hundred 100-Mile races, her experience is second to none and luckily for us, she has shared all that experience in her new book titled "Crewing An Ultra Run Start To Finish." And it is awesome!We sat down with Sandra to pick her brain a…
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Welcome to the Yeti Army!The Yeti 100 is one of those races that just needs to be experienced. When it comes to community and a sense of family, the Yeti trail races are top notch. Both of us have finished this race and both of us have DNF'ed it. So, we speak from experience when we tell you that this 100 is one of those that needs to be on your li…
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Walker Higgins is an animal. An adventure racer turned ultra runner, he has taken on some of the world's toughest races. His most recent adventure took him to the heart of Greece for the 153 mile Spartathlon, where he fought valiantly for an incredible finish, but soon found himself in a hospital with extreme rhabdo. We dig into what happened, why …
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Matt and Paul Murray are twin brothers who have finished 4 of the 5 200 mile races that they have attempted. But before jumping into the Tahoe 200 in 2018, they had never raced more than a 5K...and to this day they have never tackled an ultra less than 200 miles. 🤔 Want to hear how they have done it and why? Take us on your long run and be sure to …
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Before we even get into it the race, we touched on the World Trail Majors that had been announced one day before this recording and when opportunity presents itself, well, you ask. So that's what we did. In today's show we are focusing on the Black Canyon 100k. The race takes place in February, in Arizona, and is a point to point race along the Bla…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. Races can come in all different types of formats with varying distances, duration, and locations. Training for ultras often includes considerations for heat training, elevation, and al…
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Avery Matthews is one of the kindest human beings you will ever come across. She is also one of the toughest. We sat down with her shortly after her agonizing DNF at mile 99 of the Grindstone 100 and got a chance to see what makes her tick. To say it was inspiring would be a major understatement. Avery will just so happen to be hitting the course a…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. We joke a lot on the main show about the fact that we live on the east coast of NC and it is pancake flat. BUT, we do have a race that is about 4 hours away from us that is anything bu…
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Just over 14 months ago, Paul Johnson wasn't running seriously. And now, just over a year later, he has taken on the Canyons 100, the World Series of Ultra Running UTMB, set a personal marathon best of 2:46 and at the time this recording drops he will be setting out for a 150 mile training adventure from Newport, Rhode Island to Boston and back, al…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. In this episode we want to introduce you to the Badwater Salton Sea. Part of the Badwater family of races, Salton Sea is lesser known than the Badwater 135, but has all the features th…
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Chris Morrison is gearing for his second 50-mile race with Man Against Horse, and we sat down with him to hear his powerful story. Chris believes that running is for everyone and that while it can be hard, it's about finding strength and joy rather than simply breaking ourselves down. And he sets an amazing example. Be sure to follow him at @chrism…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. On the show we are taking a look at the Rocky Raccoon 100 which takes place in Huntsville Texas on the weekend of Feb 3rd and 4th. According to the website, the Rocky Raccoon 100 is "K…
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We sat down with Ashely Durstine, an Air Force veteran and mom of 3, and she was EPIC! From AZ trails in the White Tank Mountains, to conquering the Oregon 200, to running with protection, the conversation was top notch. Take us on your long run while we chat hallucinations, aid stations names that can't be pronounced, and why the Grand Canyon make…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. As you many of you know, we live on the east coast and don't have a lot of exposure to the races on the west coast, and as we have been doing this series, we have come to find more and…
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An amazing conversation with an absolute LEGEND! Plug in to hear us catch up with the one and only Harvey Lewis where we talk about his run commutes, his mindset, and his world wide adventures. From running 375 miles at Dead Cow Gully, capturing a podium spot at the Badwater 135 less than 2 weeks later, and then crushing 17K feet of vert at the Can…
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This week we are taking a look at the JFK 50, which is a 50 mile run located in Maryland. The JFK 50 is "America's Oldest Ultramarathon" dating back to 1963 and has a rich history that makes this race one that every runner should put on their calendar at some point. The race is broken down into 3 segments. The Appalachian trail segment which starts…
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You know him, we love him, and it was time we had him BACK on the show! Tune in to hear us chat with Andy Glaze about running monster volume, navigating all 350 miles of the Coco-Canyons, and what it's like being a social media star. Andy lives by the motto "Smile or you're doing it wrong" and it shows. Be sure to follow him on IG at @amglaze and c…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. This week we are taking a look at the Umstead 100, which is a 100 mile run located in Raleigh, NC at the William B Umstead State park. The course consists of 8 loops of 12.5 miles each…
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You think you have excuses? Aaron Hale lost his sight as a US Army Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) tech and a few years later, he completely lost his hearing as well. With plenty of reasons to give up, Aaron stepped into his warrior self and shows the rest of us what is possible, including becoming the first blind and deaf person to ever complete …
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. In this episode we want to introduce you to the Tunnel Hill 100. Race Director Steve Durbin joins us and breaks down all the information about the race that will help you decide if the…
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As ultra runners, we are on a never-ending quest to dial in our nutrition because if we get it wrong, it can end in disaster! Lucky for us, Julie Shobe has made a career of helping people dial in their fueling plans, and she sat down with us to share all the deets. And it was...AWESOME!Plug in to hear how to optimize your nutrition for training and…
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Our mission is to help you take your next step on your ultra running journey. And, sometimes, if you are like us, you may not know what that next step may look like. In this episode we want to introduce you to the Canal Corridor 100. If you want to know about a race though, who better to tell us about that race than the race director themselves. Th…
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Dr. Brandon Ostrander is legit! After turning to endurance sports to aid his transition from the US Marines, Brandon has made a career of specializing in assessing, strengthening and rehabilitating endurance athletes. He recently performed a full running assessment for both of us and it was EYE OPENING to say the least. Take us on your long run so …
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Emily Lyons is one of our absolute favorite people and that big, wonderful personality came out when we sat down to record. 😁 Jumping into the Ultra scene in 2016 (the same year as we did), her journey has been fun, inspiring, and pretty downright amazing. So much so that after finishing the Badwater Cape Fear 51.4 Miler and Badwater Salton Sea 81 …
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Hayden Hawks is the real deal. With wins and course records at races like UTMB CCC and the JFK 50, it's no wonder that Hayden is a strong contender for the win at the upcoming Western States Endurance Run 100 on June 24th. And it's something he has been dreaming about for a long time. But even with goals that big, it didn't take long to see that th…
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Aaron Dana is as tough as his mustache is big, and he is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. In the past year, he has won the Mighty Mosquito 100, set a course record at the 40 Hour Tennessee Mile, and we were lucky enough to hang with him as he prepares to go to battle at The Mid-State Mile, a unique Last Person Standing race on the …
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We first came in contact with Brooklyn Dawson when she shared one of our episodes in her IG stories. And we have since had the pleasure of witnessing her inspiring journey from running newbie to tackling her 2nd 50K at our race, The Hydra. It was epic!Brooklyn is everything we love about this community. She shows up, she's engaged, and she shares v…
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Marcus Smith is a renowned ultra athlete and coach who recently helped 2 of his athletes set the UK Backyard Ultra Records for male and female, with showings of 89 hours (370 miles) and 35 hours (145 miles) respectively. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. While training to set a cycling world record in 2018, Marcus had a nearly fatal collisio…
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