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Buzz Burrell

Why I run

As the saying goes, some of us really were born to run. Anthropologists note homo sapiens successfully evolved by running upright; feels like I started almost that long ago, with a XC race in 1967. If it feels good, keep doing it. Running is inexpensive, simple, sort of primal, and can be done almost anywhere, anytime, by anyone. Running is believing.

My favorite trail to run

The next one. I’ve run every trail in Rocky Mountain, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks, plus many in South America, Europe, Asia, and Down Under. Pioneering new off-trail routes is my favorite. The steeper the better, and unless I have to use my hands it’s not that technical. And barefoot running on big sand dunes is the most fun!

What I hope to convey with my writing

Something you’ve never heard before that helps. I hope to be entertaining, very insightful, sometimes provocative, hopefully not wrong, and never, ever boring.

More about Buzz

I ran my first ultra-distance 55 years ago. In 2022 I ran 13 races, plus a bike race and triathlon, attempting to win my Age Division with a Course Record in each one (I didn’t).  I’ve enjoyed road, gravel, and mountain bike races; track, road, and trail races; Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak races, XC and Alpine ski races, along with Volleyball, Dance competition, and other sports I can’t remember. I’m very pleased to have been the co-founder of Boulder Trail Runners, the Boulder Outdoor Coalition, and the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. I love business, and turned Ultimate Direction into a world-wide market leader, and co-founded Fastest Known Time.

Recent posts by Buzz Burrell

The Best of the Best Awards of 2022

A deep dive into the trail and ultrarunning awards.

Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide book review

Ultrarunner Buzz Burrell reviews Christopher McDougall’s latest book.