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A podcast about Ultrarunning History in America

A podcast about Ultrarunning History in America
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United States

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A podcast about Ultrarunning History in America

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English

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15: Sandra Brown – 196+ 100-milers

1/20/2019
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast episode and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode too with audio clips) In my last article on 100x100 achievers, I told the story of the eleven runners who had finished 100 100-milers and expressed the likelihood that there were more because of the difficulty of identifying them without comprehensive data. Three more have been discovered and their accomplishments are significant! They are Richard and Sandra Brown of England and...

Duration:00:33:23

14: 100 x 100-milers

1/3/2019
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast episode and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode too with audio clips from the runners.) The sport of running 100 miles competitively has existed for multiple centuries. The earliest known competition was won in 1792 by John Hague of Great Britain with a time of 23:15. In 1882, an American, John Hughes, reached 100 miles in 13:57 but was suspected as being drugged up with stimulants. John Dobler of the United States probably...

Duration:00:31:28

13: Endurance Riding – Part 2 (1955-1970)

12/19/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast episode and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode too.) Make sure you read Part 1 too. You might ask, what does the history of endurance riding have to do with ultrarunning? There are many close parallels between these two endurance sports. Ultrarunners should feel indebted to those of the endurance riding sport who had the vision to establish some early trail 100-milers for runners. The trail 100-miler inherited many of the...

Duration:00:29:04

12: Endurance Riding – Part 1 (1814-1954)

12/8/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast episode and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes a bonus running story.) Endurance riding is the equestrian sport that includes controlled long-distance riding/racing. The sport has existed for more than a century in various forms. 100-mile trail ultramarathons, especially the Western States Endurance Run, Old Dominion 100, and Vermont 100 can trace their roots to endurance riding. Other trail 100s that emerged...

Duration:00:36:36

11: The Flying Yank

11/21/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast episode and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes a bonus Thanksgiving running story.) There is a special breed of ultrarunner that historian Jim Shapiro in 1980 called the “solo artist.” These runners usually had solid ultrarunning abilities, but instead of regularly completing in races, they used their abilities to accomplish stunts. This was done to garner attention from spectators and fans and to gain income...

Duration:00:31:51

10: The Ultradistance Marches (1941-45)

11/12/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast and a full article During the World War II period in 1940s, ultradistance races in America totally disappeared. Many of the talented runners turned in their leather running shoes for leather boots and served their country in war. But as servicemen, there were many endurance activities that took place both on the bases and on the battle field. A “forced march” is a relatively fast march over a distance carrying a load. It was a common...

Duration:00:21:02

9: The Walkathon of the 1930s

11/3/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes the bonus story about getting lost in the fog.) The orginal walkathons were not the relatively tame fundraising walks of the 1970s for causes. Instead these walkathons were brutal endurance events that had their heyday in the mid-1930s. These walkathons were not ultrarunning events. They were rather twisted walking events, if it could even be called walking. They were...

Duration:00:21:46

8: The 50-Miler

10/23/2018
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By Davy Crockett Follow @ultrarunninghis Both a podcast and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes the bonus story about ultrarunner fears) The fifty-mile race is a distance most of today's ultrarunners eventually run. In 2017 there were about 300 50-mile races held in America with about 16,000 unique finishers. At nearly twice the distance of a marathon, it truly involves a different approach than running a marathon both mentally and physically. Ultrarunning legend,...

Duration:00:23:51

7: The 1930 500-mile Peter Dawson Relay

9/21/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes the bonus story about my first 100-mile race attempt) As the Great Depression began raging across the world, race events for professional ultrarunners pretty much dried up in the United States. All professional sports suffered in America during that time. For a few years, promoters in Canada filled the void, and were able to attract some of the most talented American ultrarunners to head...

Duration:00:23:19

6: The Last Day Run (1965-1972)

9/9/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes the bonus story about the origin of the Pony Express Trail Run). For the common man, we frequently make history without knowing it at the time. As years pass, one can look back and discover that certain events, which at the time seemed insignificant, actually played an important part of history. Such events weren’t forgotten or pushed aside, their stories just had not been told. Such is the case...

Duration:00:18:04

5: Crossing the Grand Canyon

8/29/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (Listen to the podcast episode which includes the bonus story about my love for the Grand Canyon, and the 1,000 miles I've run down in it.) Crossing the Grand Canyon on foot is something many visitors of the spectacular Canyon wonder about as they gaze across its great expanse to the distant rim. Crossing the Canyon and returning back is an activity that has taken place for more than 125 years. Each year thousands of people cross the famous...

Duration:00:18:31

4: The 1963 50-Mile Frenzy

8/22/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (listen to the podcast episode which includes some historic audio clips and includes a bonus story my first 50-miler) Prior to the 1960s, most of the ultrarunners participating in ultradistance races were professionals. It was a spectator sport. The general public never had serious thoughts that they too could run ultradistances. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy unintentionally played an important role that provided the spark to ignite...

Duration:00:27:11

3: Hardrock Simpson (1904-1978)

8/11/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (listen to the podcast episode which also includes a bonus story about my running hallucinations) Paul “Hardrock” Simpson, of Burlington, North Carolina, was an elite colorful, professional ultrarunner of the late 1920s who worked to continue in the sport during the Great Depression. He was one of the very few talented ultradistance runners who bridged to the post-war modern era of ultrarunning in the 1950s. With creativity, charisma, and...

Duration:00:31:54

2: Man vs. Horse

7/30/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (listen to the podcast episode which also includes a bonus 100-mile treadmill story) For more than a century, people have debated if humans on foot could beat horses. Those on the side of humans argued that over a long enough distance, human beings could outrun horses. It has been contended that humans are capable of covering vast distances after the horse becomes winded and unable to continue. To try to prove this point, ultradistance races...

Duration:00:32:54

1: Padre Island 110-miler 1953-1956

7/28/2018
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By Davy Crockett Both a podcast and a full article (listen to the podcast episode for a bonus bear story) What was the first American ultradistance race in the modern era? Perhaps the answer is the Padre Island Walkathon 110-miler, a three-day stage race that was started in 1953. It may have even been the first modern trail ultra in the world. This unusual race was a point-to-point race that ran along the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. Those who put it on were very...

Duration:00:31:06

0: What’s Up With This?

7/11/2018
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Welcome to Ultrarunning History Podcast. In this introductory episode, you will hear what the podcast will contain and I’ll reveal a little (very little) about myself. These episodes won’t be dry history lessons from some old stodgy history professor. They will be fun with plenty of lame jokes from some old stodgy ultrarunner. In this episode I will answer some question such as: What is it like living with the name Davy Crockett? When did I become interested Ultrarunning History? What can...

Duration:00:14:06