Ultra-Running: Pushing The Limits Of Human Endurance

The Birth Of Ultrarunning

Since the dawn of time, humans have been running extreme distances. As early as 40,000 years before Christ, early hominids found food with primitive blades by chasing early forms of deer until they gave up due to exhaustion.

Fast forward 42,015 years and Modern Humans are continuing the age-old quest of pushing one’s body to the limits. This time, however, aided by 21st-century technology and an ever-expanding knowledge base, elite athletes are pushing father ever into the unknown.

A Look Into An Extreme Race

The Basics of Ultrarunning

UltraRunning, is also known as ultramarathoning, or, as most runners prefer, ultrarunning. How far is “a long distance” for these extreme athletes? The standard definition is anything past the marathon, or 26.2 miles. However, the shortest standard distance that is considered an ultra is the 50 kilometer distance, or 31.07 miles. Other standard distances are the 50 mile, the landmark 100 mile, 100 km, and a series of events that last for specified time periods such as 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, 48 hour, and even 6 days or longer.

The vast majority of all Ultras are located off road on trails. This is due to the extreme nature of the run where running on a road can put a great toll on a runner’s body while a trail can cushion the lower body. Most trails involve scenic state parks, national parks or private lands secluded from inner cities or popular urban sprawls.


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