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The Most Nonchalant Save Ever Seen
Happy Tuesday, trail friends. Welcome to the new year! With so many amazing races, we hope you aren’t having too much trouble putting together the perfect race season. As we venture into 2023, many of us are focused on reviewing the year that was. In this week’s featured piece, we cast our gaze even further back to look at the origins of the 50K with Jessica Bernhard and in the DFL we narrowly avoid rolling an ankle with the most nonchalant save ever seen.
– Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
Candice Burt has run 32 miles a day for the past 60 days and is well on her way to a new world-record (📸: 1). Rickey Gates reveals his running camp dates, which include Japan, Colorado, and Baja (📸: 2). And Courtney Dauwalter announces she’ll be competing in the 78-mile Transgrancanaria race in February (📸: 3)!
Want more racing? Check out these upcoming events still open for registration.
Photo Credit: Jesse Ellis / Photo Courtesy: Adam Ray from the Skyline 50K
It’s almost impossible to pinpoint when someone ran the first 50K. North Americans, including Indigenous groups, have been running long distances for hundreds of years. Pedestrianism, or competitive race-walking, predated ultrarunning in the 1870s and 1880s.
But when and how exactly did the 50K become the next big push beyond the marathon? We investigated this “gateway” distance and uncovered the story of ultrarunning in the United States.
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㊙️ Kilian’s Secrets: Is it true that he was born in an altitude tent in an alpine hut and was outpacing his mountain-guide father on 7-hour training sessions by the time he was 18 months old? You’ll have to read Athletics Weekly‘s take on what makes Kilian so dominant, to find out.
👨🦰 Ginger Gear of the Year: Every year, The Ginger Runner brings us his picks for the best gear that he’s personally tested over the past 365 days.
Mentor This: As trail running continues to professionalize, resources are cropping up to help aspiring pros navigate this evolving landscape. This week Andy Wacker announced The Trail Team, a new organization with the mandate to independently support and develop athletes into the best professional trail runners in the world through mentorship, skill development, and media exposure. Applications open Friday.
DFL (DEAD FREAKIN’ LAST)
😱 The Most Nonchalant Save Ever Seen: A masterclass on the art of falling. 👆
👶 Take a Stroll: Tifanne Thayme set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon while pushing a double stroller. Along for the 3 hour, 20 minute ride were her three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter.