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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

A summer in photos

The PatitucciPhoto team of Dan and Janine Patitucci with partner Kim Strom share their favorite summer 2022 photos.

4.18.23 – Knees Over Toes

Bulletproof your knees with the Knees Over Toes Guy and consider the difference between a marathon and an ultramarathon aid station.

2.28.23 – Death. Taxes. Courtney.

This week, Emily Halnon looks at the importance of training your brain, and in the DFL, Laura Green takes umbrage with the idea that “You’ll never regret going on a run.”

2.21.23 – Reuse & Recycle is Now Nnormal

Peter Bromka writes about the perceived line between good, hard training and insanity. And in the DFL, we finally have a place to send used gear (that isn’t the landfill).

2.14.23 – Love is the Answer

This week, we have a collection of love stories, and in the DFL, we lament your absence during our long runs.

2.7.23 – The Best of the Best Awards

This week we appreciate the doers in our community. And featured piece is from Buzz Burrell, who sorts through the “best of 2022” awards and tries to make sense of them all.

1.31.23 – How to Tame a Dragon

This week, Jenn Hughes writes about riding a dragon over Italian peaks and valleys. In the DFL, we give you 50 reasons to run a 50K this year.

1.24.23 – Ode to the 50K

In our crowdsourced ode to the 50K some of our sport’s most inspiring athletes tell us why they love the 31-mile race.

1.17.23 – Hellah Sidibe’s American Dream

A new season of The Trailhead Podcast and a profile of Hellah Sidibe, who has run every day for the last five years.

1.10.23 – Keep Trail Running Weird Awards!

The Keep Trail Running Weird Awards 2022 announcement and in the DFL we learn about a new, super hardcore event from Laura Green.

1.3.22 – History of the “Gateway” Distance

In this week’s featured piece, we look at the origins of the 50K, and in the DFL we narrowly avoid rolling an ankle.

12.27.22 – The race to sustainability

Jessica Bernhard takes stock of the progress we’ve made as a community towards environmental sustainability. In the Cool Down we appreciate ultra-pioneer Ted Corbitt.

12.20.22 – Born to Run 2

Buzz Burrell reviews Christopher McDougall’s latest book, “Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide,” and Mark Macy continues to inspire.