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Marathons have historically been the most popular bucket list item for runners. But in the past few years, the ultra marathon distance is quickly rising in popularity. This growth is largely due to books, videos and social media spreading the word about the distance and the challenges that come with it.
Currently, there are several hundred ultra marathons held annually in North America. One of the most popular is the Western States Endurance Run, which is also the oldest 100-mile trail run. The race unofficially began in 1974, when Gordy Ainsleigh’s horse came up lame for the 100-mile Tevis Cup horse race. So, he decided to travel the course on foot, finishing in 23 hours and 47 minutes.
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Rob Steger is a passionate ultra runner who started running in September 2015. His goal is not only to run ultra marathons, but it’s also to provide the inspiration to get you out the door to run through his Training for Ultra podcast and instagram posts. To date, he’s finished nine ultra marathons, ranging from 50K to 100 miles. And as you’ll hear in the interview, Rob has a long list of upcoming races and goals.
The ultra marathon is any race longer than the traditional 26.2 miles of the marathon. The distances can vary, but the most common ultra distances are 50K, 50 miles, 100K and 100 miles. Some ultras extend beyond 100 miles or have a specific timeframe such as 24 hours, 36 hours and even 48 hours.
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- How to train for an ultramarathon
- Nutrition tips for ultras
- Motivation for running
- What is an ultra
- Overcoming challenges while running