Race Organizers From Deadly 2021 Ultramarathon In China Sentenced To Jail Time

In a somber conclusion to the investigation into the deadly 2021 ultra marathon in northwest China, the race organizers have been handed prison sentences for their roles in an event that claimed the lives of 21 runners. The court in Baiyin, Gansu province, where the tragic deaths occurred, sentenced five organizers to prison terms ranging … Read more

The Driest Place On Earth: The Speed Project Pushes Runners To New Heights Across Atacama

Equal parts grueling and exhilarating, The Speed Project is an annual unsanctioned event that tests ultra runners‘ physical and mental limits. Surrounded by mystery and secrecy, The Speed Project draws some of the world’s fastest athletes to one of the hardest annual relay races in the world.  The concept of The Speed Project is simple: … Read more

Japan’s Miho Nakata Breaks 24-Hour World Record By Narrow 246 Meters At World Championships

This weekend, the world’s best ultra-runners gathered in Taiwan for the IAU World 24-Hour Championships for the first time since 2019. The World 24-Hour Championships typically take place every two years, alternating with continental events. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World 24-Hour Championships have not been held since 2019, when they took … Read more

Skyrunner World Series On Global Hunt For Latest Standout

The 2024 Skyrunner World Series is set to expand not only its race calendar but also its field of elite runners.  Skyrunner World Series has launched a global search for new elite athletes for the 2024 season. The online application is open to sponsored and unsponsored runners in an attempt to find undiscovered talent. View … Read more

Participants Await Refunds For Canceled Events After Run Afan Forest Collapses

Runners across the UK find themselves in a frustrating situation as sports events company Run Afan Forest abruptly announced its closure.  The company has since become the subject of criticism for canceling several events on short notice.  Most recently, the Farfik Half Marathon was subject to Run Afan Forest’s late cancellation. Just four days before … Read more

Trail Runner Stéphanie Perriard Receives Additional Six-Year Ban After Falsification

Swiss mountain runner Stéphanie Perriard, already under a three-year suspension for doping, has now received an additional six-year ban for falsification, further tarnishing her once-promising career.  The latest blow to Perriard’s reputation comes as a result of her attempt to manipulate the investigation process, a move that has left the ultra-running community and fans worldwide … Read more

Tom Evans Will Not Start Ultra Trail Cape Town Following Violent Mugging On Training Run

Ultra Trail Cape Town, set to take place November 24 to 26, will be short one runner after British runner Tom Evans withdrew from the competition after being mugged while on a training run in South Africa. Evans, 31, this year became the first-ever British man to win the Western States 100 and was getting … Read more

New World Trail Majors Race Series Combating Commercialization And Preserving The Spirit Of Ultra Running

In the wake of the Ultra-Trail World Tour’s (UTWT) dissolution, a vision began to take shape that transcended borders and celebrated the essence of trail running.  Frustrations began growing among independent race organizers and ultra runners themselves, as the spirit of the sport was being lost to commodification by Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and … Read more

Athletes Pushed To The Limit By Challenging Terrain At Trans Lantau by UTMB

This weekend on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, athletes lined up for Trans Lantau by UTMB. The event offered runners four distances, including 100 miles, 100k, 50k, and 25k. Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, home to many manmade landmarks and is well known for its mountainous terrain. The longest race covered … Read more

An Ultra Running Monopoly? UTMB Whistler Announced Months After Local WAM Ultra Canned . . . And Ultra Runners Aren’t Happy

Recently, UTMB confirmed its first Canadian event, which will be part of the 2024 UTMB World Series, Ultra Trail Whistler by UTMB. However, this announcement has not received many positive reactions from the ultra-running community. The UTMB event will be held on September 28-29, 2024, at Whistler Blackcomb, a world-class ski resort. This is the … Read more