“It won’t matter whether or not you’ve attempted an ultra, or whether or not you even dream of one. If you enjoy running and reading, you’ll want this book.”—David Meyers,Running Journal
The best writers in the sport of running describe the last frontier of long-distance events: races longer than a marathon.
James Shapiro begins by relating with heart-rending detail his experiences in a six-day race in “Swifts on the Wing.” In “To the Limit and Beyond,” Kenny Moore takes you through the Great Hawaiian Footrace, a horrendous six-day ordeal that seemingly changes his life. Don Kardong, one of the wittiest and most personable writers in the sport, in “Le Grizz” goes the fifty-mile distance at the infamous race. Ed Ayres, former editor ofRunning Times, takes on the Western States 100 in “Wings of Icarus,” and the event turns out to be a kind of catharsis in his life. In “Road Warriors,” Hal Higdon’s report on his group’s attempt to run across the state of Indiana is a lighthearted, self-imposed challenge that turns into a spiritual odyssey. Tom Hart attempts to run a solo thirty-seven-miler on his thirty-seventh birthday, which reveals that an ultra is more than a feat of endurance, it is a journey into self. John L. Parker, Jr. ends with “And Then the Vulture Eats You,” an uproarious analysis of ultra runners.
A book for all ultra runners, and for curious “normal” runners.