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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.

12.06.22 – A Runner’s Swear Jar

Trailhead: A Runner’s Swear Jar UltraSignup Monster of Massage View this email online. TOGETHER WITH    Happy Tuesday, trail friends. We sincerely hope that all of your race dreams came true with the Western States and Hardrock lotteries going down this past weekend.  In our featured piece this week, Jared Beasley profiles the healing yet masochistic […]

11.29.22 – An Attitude of Gratitude

This week, Kate Carter writes about the origins of Like the Wind magazine. And in the DFL, it’s hammer time.

11.22.22 – A Hard Look at the Data

This week our data scientist dissects the 2022 Javelina Jundred in our featured piece and we crank some lung darts in the DFL.

11.15.22 – A Climate In Crisis

This week in our featured piece we head to Bhutan for high peaks, gnarly trails, and inconvenient truths. And in the DFL we finally get to see what really happens behind the scenes at a Ginger Runner shoe test.

11.08.22 – Keep Trail Running Weird

Keeping with the Halloween spirit, Jared Beasley delivers a spooky story about ultrarunner (and joker) Gene Leeds and in the DFL, all that trail running has made us a little bit self-conscious about our feet.

11.01.22 – Scary Fast

Jubilee Paige once again delivered the ultraparty of the year at the 20th running of the Javelina Jundred and we feature 50 year old ultra champion, Ruperto Romero.

10.25.22 – Pretty France-y

This week we’ve got cavemen, sparkles, and a guy who ran a marathon with an eight-pound ironing board. Our featured piece is about Connor Ryan, an Indigenous ultraruner fighting for inclusion.

10.18.22 – Not Dead Yet

This week Emily Halnon explores “the runner’s low,” we get

10.11.22 – Forced Consciousness Expansion

This week we look back at a summer of ultrarunning with PatitucciPhoto. And we get a pep talk from Hunter S. Thompson.

10.04.22 – Women Who FKT

This week we look at a growing movement of women who FKT. And in the DFL, Eliud envisions himself running ultras.

9.27.22 – Return of the Mac

The Mammoth Trail Fest is a mammoth success and Morgan Tilton catches up with Allie “Mac” McLaughlin about injuries, life, and gratitude.

9.20.22 – Love, Unexpected

This week our writer opens himself to the experience and finds love at a multi-day race in the Italian Alps. And the Yvon Chouinard takes on climate change.