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BORN TO RUN | Ultramarathon 2018

On May 19, 2018 I finally got the opportunity to participate in the annual running of the Born to Run ultramarathon organized by race director Luis Escobar. Filled with organized events like the beer mile, talent shows, live music and more - it was a beautiful coming together of dirtbags and families alike along with some notables in our sport like Scott Jurek, Jenn Shelton and others.

And oh yes, there was some running involved.

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Top 5 things I wish I knew before my first Ultra Marathon

Here are tips and tricks and 5 things I wish I knew before running my first Ultra Marathon. While there are many lessons learned, these are my top 5 to help you run your first ultra marathon. New channel with better videos!! Buy my running vest on Amazon here:

How I prepare for an ultra marathon:


Intro and outro Music credit : Hooky with Sloane by Bird Creek

REI Presents: How To Run 100 Miles

In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing.

Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles.

How did the race go? You can watch our film, How to Run 100 Miles, to find out. No spoilers here.

Directed and produced by Brendan Leonard

Co-Directors: Hilary Oliver and Aidan Haley
Editor: Aidan Haley
Cinematography: Brendan Leonard and Hilary Oliver
Animation: Brendan Leonard and Eric Bucy

Steamboat Springs Unit:
Director of Photography: Forest Woodward
Additional Cinematography:
Aidan Haley, Brody Leven, Syd Jones, Jayson Sime, and Brendan Leonard

Original Score: Cleod9 Music
Featured Performers: Ian McLeod, Peter Mulcahy, and Matt Sedivy
Audio Post Production: Scotty Beam/Cleod9 Music

Performed by Atmosphere
Written & Produced by Atmosphere
S. Daley for Upsidedown Heart Music (ASCAP) & A. Davis for Ant Turn That Snare Down (ASCAP)
Taken from the album When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Used Courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment, LLC

Run Rabbit Run
U.S. Forest Service
Meghan Hicks
Joe and Kathy Leonard
Cheryl Sime
Anders Norblom
Kate Duch
Paolo Mottola
Syd Jones and Debi Sule
Angie Lundstedt
Brody Leven
Christian Folk
Luke Nelson
Bodie Johnson
Jessica DiCarlo
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Running 100km through the Blue Mountain - 100 Reasons - Ultramarathon Documentary

100 reasons. Running the North Face 100km.
The Blue mountains in Australia are host every year to The North Face 100km ultra marathon. Its an incredible site to see over 1200 odd runners facing such a gruelling event in this ever growing extreme sport.
Adventure Types and Lisa Tamati had the privilege of making a documentary on this race the journey of six ordinary people doing this extraordinarily difficult race. Its an emotional journey and an insight into just how far the human spirit can go.
Ultra marathon running as a sport has boomed in the past decade and now thousands of everyday people are challenging themselves in extreme events all over the earth. It reflects on our basic human need to push ourselves in nature, to find out what we are made of when faced with tough physical and mental challenges. Our pioneering spirit comes to the fore and our ability to overcome huge obstacles to endure and succeed powers these runners to greatness.
Lisa Tamati co producer of this documentary is an ultra marathon runner wither 20 years experience competing in the worlds toughest endurance events for more inspirational training, racing and health and fitness and mindset videos please subscribe to our channel and check out our coaching website or visit Lisa's website at


Running Up For Air (The race I'm doing):


The Steep Life is a daily video blog (vlog) following Jamil Coury's training and life. Filmed & produced by Jamil Coury, founder of Aravaipa Running & Run Steep Get High.

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Share your own steep life moments with us using the hashtags #runsteepgethigh & #thesteeplife on social media!

La Ultra - The High : The cruelest & highest altitude ultra marathon out there

La Ultra - The High ( is the cruelest & highest altitude ultra marathon out there. It's held in Leh-Ladakh region in the Indian Himalayas. A total distance of 222 km have to be covered on foot in a time period of 60 hours, crossing two of the highest mountain passes at 17,700ft and 17,400ft. Oxygen content at times can be as low as 40% of sea-level. Four years ago it was said to be an impossible run when discussed with experts from the army and others. In 3 years time, 16 people have shown that it can be done. The beauty of this event is that average people team up to make this impossible event happen.

Of course it's bloody crazy. But then why do it, if was easy!

Training For An Ultramarathon | Use This Leg Saving Tip!

In this video we give you our best tip for saving your legs in training for an ultramarathon! We know how much impact your body takes in training for & racing an ultra, so we're here to make it a little more manageable for you!

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Check out one of our best videos yet: How To Run Properly For Long Distance | 4 Important Tips


Running the world's most-intense Ultra Marathon // UTMB 2017

For the full recap & results:

Believe the hype – #UTMB 2017 was the real deal. Just watch this video to experience why.

UTMB® footage by Autour du Mont Blanc & Serac Productions - Edit by Greg Vollet.

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Ultra-Trail® World Tour 2017 - Episode 1 (EN)

Ultra-Trail® World Tour is the series of the most emblematic trail running races of the world.

For this first UTWT Episode of the 2017 season, discover two incredible races: the Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon and the Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand.


On August 28, 2015 a small team of Nike athletes went overseas to Chamonix, France to compete in some of the biggest ultra endurance events in the world.

The UTMB® (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) is a 170 km/105 mile race circumventing the Alps, crossing into 3 countries with over 33,000 ft of elevation gain.

The CCC® (Chamonix-Courmayeur-Champex) is a 101 km race starting in Courmayeur, Italy and also finishing in Chamonix, France. This race has over 20,000 ft of positive elevation change.

Both events are considering one of the toughest at its respective distances. American men have not typically fared well there. As such, Nike athletes David Laney (UTMB), Tim Tollefson (CCC) and Zach Miller (CCC) set out to prove that American men can compete and compete well in the imposing European mountains.

Nike Athletes:

David Laney: @davidlaney12 (Instagram + Twitter)
Zach Miller: @zachmiller38 (Instagram)
Tim Tollefson: @timtollefson (Instragram + Twitter)

Film by:

Billy Yang: @BillyYangFilms (Instagram), @BillyYang (Twitter)

Ultramarathon Footwear Advice from Richard at Profeet

Run Manager Richard from Profeet ( offers his advice on the best footwear for an ultramarathon, as part of our partnership with Race To The Stones

Badwater UltraMarathon documentary

Amazing complete story of the Badwater first time experience through the eyes of Akos Konya, Gary Roberts, Anissa Roberts, Karsten Solheim. top ten from this year includes includes Scott Jurek, Charlie Engle, Ferg Hawke, David Goggins, Dean Karnazes, Monique Muhlen, and Stephane Pellisier

Training for an Ultramarathon

Kim and I set out on a self supported 50k with about 9,000ft of climbing!

My First UltraMarathon at North Face Challenge 50K

This was my first time to run an UltraMarathon (50K). The heavy rains combined with the runners who started before me made the course a muddy and slippery mosh pit. Despite this challenge, I was able to finish this race and accomplish my second goal for this season. Not only am I an Ironman, but I'm an Ultraman too!

Skyline Mountain 55K Ultramarathon

This was my first race over 26.2 miles so I talked my brother into doing the race with me and decided to make a video about it. I hope you enjoy it!

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The Badwater Ultramarathon - 217km through Death Valley - Running adventure

Lisa Tamati is an Adventure Athlete at The North Face, Author of two running books Running Hot and Running to Extremes and is a fitness and mindset coach @Runninghotcoaching

Here the 20/20 crew accompany her through the Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley in the USA. This is one of the toughest running races on earth.
This is an experpt from the documentary done by 20/20 of Lisa Tamati's race at the infamous Badwater ultra marathon.
This race is 217km non stop with over 5500m in ascent and temperatures up to 57 degrees celcius. This is what makes this challenge incredible and brutal.
If you enjoyed this video please subscribe to our channel for more inspirational adventure documentaries and educational health, fitness, mindset and training videos. Please also visit or Lisa's coaching site
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LIFE IN A DAY | The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

On June 25, 2016 a collection of trail and ultra runners toed the line at the historic Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run running from Squaw Valley to Auburn. Among the 350+ were 4 women vying for the win and a coveted top 10 finish which is recognized annually at this prestigious event:

Magdalena Boulet, a HOKA ONE ONE and GU ENERGY LABS athlete is the returning champion and a mother of one who lives and trains in the East Bay of Northern California. She has an incredible road background including earning a trip to the Olympics in 2008 by placing 2nd at the Olympic Trials. ( | @RunBoulet)

Devon Yanko is also a HOKA ONE ONE athlete and has excelled in many different ultra distances. This is her 2nd attempt at the Western States 100 Mile Race with her 1st resulting in a DNF, or Did Not Finish. She is the co-owner of MH Bread & Butter in San Anselmo, CA along with her husband Nathan. ( | @fast_foodie)

Kaci Lickteig placed 2nd in the 2015 running of the Western States 100 is among the favorites to win it. She hails from Omaha, Nebraska where she works as an in-patient physical therapist. ( | @ultrarunnerkc)

Anna Mae Flynn of Lake Tahoe, CA is going for her 1st 100 mile attempt after gaining entry via a golden ticket slot at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Race in 2016. She is a teacher and a recent ultra athlete. ( | @annamaeflynn on Instagram, @amflynnrunner on Twitter)

This is a story of their 100 mile journey of which the great Ann Trason compares to living a life in a day.

Cinematography by:
Zack Johnson
Mahting Putelis
Billy Yang
Scott Rokis

© 2017

My First Ultramarathon || The 2017 Oregon Coast 50k

Kim runs her first and last ultramarathon, the 2017 Oregon Coast 50k.

Transvulcania Ultra Marathon 2017

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Ultramarathon Trail Running - First 100km Race

Ultramarathon Trail Running - First 100km Race at the Kielder Ultra Trail 2018.
Short film following my race day experience and offers some advice on what worked well for me, such as my nutrition strategy and pacing.

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