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Matt Hart

Trail running is my mode of exploration and meditation. Give me a mountainous area and a topographic map and I will keep myself busy for days. While living in Seattle and working at Microsoft in the early aughts, I caught the endurance bug and quickly moved from triathlon to orienteering and then from adventure racing to ultrarunning. In 2005 I left the tech world behind to run and coach ultra-endurance athletes, and I’ve been writing about it ever since. My editorial efforts have covered a wide swath of my interests but have been generally focused on sports and specifically focused on running. My work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Outside magazine, among others. It has also been chosen for “The Best American Sports Writing” and optioned for film and television projects. A front page story in The New York Times led to the publication of my first book, “Win at All Costs,” about the rise and fall of the Nike Oregon Project, America’s premier running team that devolved into scandal and doping bans. After more than a decade since I got my start as a columnist with Trail Runner magazine I am excited to be back serving the community that has sent me on the adventure of a lifetime.

Recent posts by Matt Hart

8.09.22 – Croissant Champions

This week we travel to France with Doug Mayer for an insider’s view of how to navigate Chamonix during Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. And Ashton Kutcher reveals why ultrarunners are such a hot romantic commodity.

8.02.22 – Blazing Hot Trails

Blazing Hot Trails UltraSignup How to get that runner’s high View this email online. Good morning trail friends. It’s sweltering out there, but we’re not slowin’ down — so grab yourself an iced coffee and let’s get ready for another great week in trail.  Need an extra shot of determination to get out the door? […]

7.26.22 – Dream big, fail bigger

“What’s worth doing even if you fail?” asks Emily Halnon looking back on her attempt on the 223-mile trail John Muir / Nüümü Poyo Trail. And Ashly Winchester shares the numbers from her new JMT FKT.

7.19.22 – Delusions of backyard grandeur

Kilian Jornet and Courtney Dauwalter win the 2022 Hardrock. Our writer Jared Beasley uncovers why Laz’s last-person-standing, backyard races are so enticing.

7.12.22 – Hardrock’s reigning champion doesn’t care about winning

Brian Metzler sat down with Francois D’Haene before the 2022 Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance Run and Howie Stern shares his iconic Hardrock photos.