A dedicated trail runner reviews a few of the benefits of a road marathon in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.
Over the past year, Larisa Dannis has won the Vermont 100 and the Stone Cat 50-miler. But over the next year, this self-proclaimed “mountain girl at heart” will be taking on a whole new type of challenge. She’ll be trying to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials, while still running a challenging ultramarathon schedule. And she’ll be chronicling her effort for Far North.
The crowd at the finish line of the 2013 Cape Cod Marathon cheered especially hard when Ruby Denning ran by. After all, it’s not every day that you see a seven-year-old at the finish line of a marathon. Of course, she did have some help from her family.
When it comes to training—whether for a road marathon or an ultramarathon on trails—is there such a thing as too much information?
It’s peak season! Well, yes, peak foliage season. But more important, it’s also peak trail running season. In addition to the NipMuck Marathon and the Pinnacle Ultra Challenge, there are lots of shorter trail races this weekend. Here are a few, and some running reading.
After milling about in the cool morning air, the runners slowly approached a long thin line drawn in the sand signifying the start of the 2013 Bear Brook Trail Marathon. Before I knew it that line in the sand had disappeared behind me.
In 1972, after watching Frank Shorter win Olympic gold in the marathon, bartender Tommy Leonard had an idea for a new race: he would get Shorter and other running greats to come to a small town on Cape Cod to compete. Over the next decade, Leonard’s vision somehow actually came to pass.