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Ultrarunning History

Davy Crockett

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Podcast about the history of ultrarunning. An ultramarathon is a running race of 50K (31 miles) or more, up to 3,100 miles. This extreme running sport came into existence during the late 1800s.
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We do a deep dive into the Hardest Geezer's run from the southern most point of Africa to the Northern most point of Africa. The challenges he faced were insane! Also, we go over race results including Tara Dower's outright win at Umstead 100. In addition, we talk about the second Lazcon, Western States new anti-doping policy, and John Kelly's thou…
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By Davy CrockettNew book on Barkley historyThe Barkley Marathons course (thought to be roughly 130 miles and about 63,000 feet of elevation gain) at Frozen Head State Park was the brain child of Gary Cantrell (Lazarus Lake) and Karl Henn (Rawdawg). The idea for the race was inspired upon hearing about the 1977 escape of James Earl Ray, the assassin…
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Episode discussions include: Recap of the epic year at Barkley Marathons. AJW under the radar races article about Zane Grey. Skunk Ape races in FL. Running in Crocs? Socials: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ultrarunning_news_network/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555338668719 X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/ultrarunnews …
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This episode starts off with a bang for two reasons. First we go over Johnny's tornado scare and also because Barkley is under way and this year is looking really promising so far. We go over race results and a cool new FKT. We go back to talking more about Barkley because Karel Sabbe's new documentary was released last week. In addition, we discus…
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By Davy CrockettFrom 1875 to 1879, at least 130 six-day races were held, mostly in America and Great Britain. In 1879, the foot races became the #1 spectator sport in America. During that single year, at least 88 six-day races were held worldwide, with about 900 starters and witnessed by nearly one million spectators. Women played a significant rol…
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Unfortunately Johnny couldn't be with us tonight as he had to take shelter from tornados and crazy hail storms rolling through central Ohio. I go over Camille's epic 6 days at the Lululemon event in La Quinta, CA where she broke a bunch of world records including the 6 day record. Ashley Paulson's magical year keeps rolling as she gets another 100 …
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Ashely Paulson racks up another win! In addition, we discuss the rebranding of Lake Sonoma 100K. AJW change his mind a little bit on spending time at aid stations based on feedback from other runners. Jim Walmsley moved back to AZ and appears to be looking at a Western States / UTMB double. UTMB 100 miler entrants lists were released for the men an…
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By Davy CrockettThis is the story of the ultramarathon that was the most impactful of all races in the history of the sport. This race was witnessed by tens of thousands of people in Madison Square Garden and followed by millions in long daily newspaper story updates. It received so much attention that it sparked an ultrarunning frenzy on multiple …
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In this episode we go over race results from the last two weekends and this includes some big races and a big win at Transgrancanaria by the G.O.A.T. Courtney. We go over John Kelly's article on what he knows about how to get into the Barkley Marathons and we get pumped up about the Barkley race in the process. We also go over a X (twitter) post by…
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Listen to the audio version. I included my interview on the very good Trail Runner Nation podcast. I recently went on it to talk to the guys about my new book, Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings. We discussed several of the very early ultras in our history.Classic ultramarathons (races longer than 26.2 miles) include the oldest races, the most presti…
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Fun episode this week, we rehash all the excitement from the stacked field at Black Canyon 100K on Saturday. In some sad news, the marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died in a car crash. In some better news, Laz got inducted into the ultrarunning hall of fame! We also go over UltraRunning Magazine's top 5 performances of 2023 …
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This week we go over race results from last weekend and a few of them were very sloppy conditions. We preview and make our predictions for Black Canyon 100K this weekend. There is a crazy amount of elite ultrarunners of all experience levels running this year. The course might be crazy too with some snow in the town where the race starts and super …
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By Davy CrockettThe “around the world on foot” craze of the 1890s was first dominated by Americans, but eventually spread to Europeans. Some very interesting individuals, mostly from Germany and France, appeared in New York City claiming to be making a global journey on foot. Most were usually highly educated and impressive. Why would someone leave…
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In today's episode we go over race results from last weekend and a new ski vert record. We also take a look at UltraRunning Magazine's Old School Ultras for 2024, ATRAs article on Luis Escobar, two new ultrarunning films recently released on YouTube, a free webinar series for race directors, and a Pineapple marathoner. UltraRunning Magazine's Race …
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This week we go over race results from Bandera (forgot a few in the last episode), Winter Spine, Hong Kong 100K, Coldwater Rumble, Lake of the Woods, and Crystal Springs. We also cover URs 2023 top 3 ultrarunners of the world, ultrasignup's 2023 data awards, and top 5 FKTs of 2023. We go over the current drama and breaking news about some elite ult…
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By Davy CrockettMy new book, Around the World on Foot: The Early Globetrotters is available on Amazon. After an introduction to help you understand what in the world was going on, I will share a chapter about the strange tradition of starting in a paper suit.I am pretty proud of this book. I wanted to share some details about what my research found…
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Discussions this week include race results from H.U.R.T 100 and Bandera 100K. We go over UR Magazine's North American ultrarunners of the year #7 - #1. Ultrasignup's keeping trail running weird award winners were annouced so we cover that as well. Finally we talk about the trail running series called Running Up For Air (RUFA) which is a cool concep…
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In this episode we go over race results from last weekend, discuss some of UltraRunning Magazine's top 10 ultrarunners of the year from 2023, talk about AJWs article announcing his career change, and do our film review of the La Sportiva sponsored / Billy Yang directed new short film called "Like a Lead Balloon: 30 Hours at the Leadville 100."…
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By Davy CrockettThis is an encore episode with additions in the article.The Across the Years race, established in 1983, is one of the oldest fixed-time races in the world that is still held annually. The race is always held at the end of the year, crossing over to the new year with a grand celebration. Through the years, it has attracted many of th…
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In this first episode we discuss why we are starting this channel and also what to expect. We also introduce ourselves and tell our origin stories about what brought us to the world of trail and ultrarunning. Watch the video version on YouTube https://youtu.be/b_NZsP1N-hIΑπό τον UltraRunning News Network
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By Davy CrockettNew Book, containing the early history of The Barkley MarathonsWatching sports on Christmas Day is enjoyed by millions of sporting fans. But it also is probably despised by even more of those sporting fans’ families who have other priorities on that special day. While today the events watched are primarily basketball and football, b…
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By Davy CrockettNew Book, containing the early history of The Barkley. Get it in your country's Amazon siteGary Cantrell (a.k.a. Lazarus Lake), of Tennessee, was recently inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame. Most people recognize him for creating the legendary Barkley Marathons, arguably the toughest trail race in the world. But fe…
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By Davy CrockettGet this history in my new bookTrail 100-milers started to be held in Great Britain in 1973, four years before the Western States 100 was established in America. This piece of ultrarunning history is largely unknown to Americans who have been told for decades that trail 100-milers began first in the U.S. In reality, trail 100s were …
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By Davy CrockettGet this history in my new bookThe first certified 100 km race in America was held at Lake Waramaug, Connecticut, in 1974. Today it remains as the oldest 100 km race in the country and the second oldest American ultra still held. For many years in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, it was the unofficial national championship f…
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By Davy CrockettThis part will cover additional stories found through deeper research, adding to the history shared in found in the new book, Grand Canyon Rim to Rim History. Grand Canyon rim to rim hikes and runs become very popular as thousands descend into the Canyon each year. Fastest known times for R2R and R2R2R runs are broken.In 1991, Jerry…
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By Davy CrockettThis part will cover additional stories found through deeper research, adding to the history shared in found in the new book, Grand Canyon Rim to Rim History.Overcrowding ConcernsIn 1971, because of overcrowding in the inner Canyon, the Park Service started to implement a reservation system for camping. They shared a situation on th…
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By Davy CrockettThis is an encore episode. Spartathlon, an ultra of 246 km (153 miles), takes place each September in Greece, running from Athens to Sparta and with its 36-hour cutoff. It is one of the toughest ultramarathons to finish.In Part 1 of this series, episode 88, the story was told how Spartathlon was born in 1982, the brainchild of an of…
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By Davy Crockett. Read, listen, or watchThis part will cover additional stories found through deeper research, adding to the history shared in found in the new book, Grand Canyon Rim to Rim History.Rim To Rim in the 1950sIn 1950, two 15-year-old boys from Los Angeles discovered that hiking rim-to-rim was a lot harder than they thought. While restin…
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Recently I went on the "Ultra Running Guys Podcast" with Jeremy Reynolds and Jeff Winchester. This will be a slimmed-down version of their interview with me. Their excellent podcast has also been doing a series interviewing race directors of some of the classic ultras.The Ultra Running Guys said, "Not only was Davy Crockett the 15th person to compl…
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By Davy Crockett. Read, listen, or watchThis part will cover additional stories found through deeper research, adding to the history shared in Part 2 of this Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim History. These stories can also be found in the new book, Grand Canyon Rim to Rim History. By 1927, Phantom Ranch was well-established at the bottom of the Canyon. The …
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By Davy Crockett. You can read, listen, or watchIn 1906, David Dexter Rust (1874-1963) established a permanent camp near the confluence of Bright Angel Creek and the Colorado River that they name Rust Camp. They dug irrigation ditches and planted cottonwood trees by transplanting branches cut from trees found in nearby Phantom Creek. The camp was v…
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