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Exploring the World of Ultra Trails

Ultra trails, often referred to as ultramarathons, are the epitome of endurance and adventure in the realm of trail running. These extraordinary races push athletes beyond the limits of traditional marathons, taking them through some of the most awe-inspiring and challenging natural landscapes on the planet.

Do not think that this is only for the gifted athletes! Also, ‘normal people’ are able to do this. For example David Goggins is one of those people, and me myself am also just a normal man. Come with me and i will explain more in this article.

What Are Ultra Trails?

Ultra trails are foot races that extend well beyond the 26.2-mile (42 km) distance of a standard marathon. Typically, they range from 50 kilometers (31 miles) to over 100 miles, testing runners’ physical and mental stamina. These races often take place on rugged, remote, and scenic trails, offering participants a unique connection to nature and a chance to explore untouched wilderness.

These races can get really crazy, for example, have a look at the Moab 240. The Moab is a 240-mile race through the desert. It can get insanely hot but also freezing temperatures during the nights. And oh yes, you will have to get through a few of them!

The Allure of Ultra Trails

What draws runners to the world of ultra trails? The allure is multifaceted. Ultra trail races provide an opportunity to escape the confines of city streets and immerse oneself in nature’s splendor. From traversing dense forests to ascending mountain peaks, participants experience a variety of terrains that challenge their agility and resilience.

For me personally, and with me countless runners, it is the fact that it can be an immense challenge. The world is getting soft and weak, but still a rare group of people are looking for more! Something they can only find in endurance sports like ultra running.

The Challenge

Beyond the physical challenge, ultra trails test a runner’s mental fortitude. Pacing and strategy are crucial, and participants must be prepared for everything from extreme weather conditions to unexpected wildlife encounters. These races often require participants to dig deep into their reserves, pushing through moments of doubt to reach the finish line.

Notable Ultra Trails

Around the world, there are numerous iconic ultra trail races that have become legends in their own right. Races like the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California, the UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) in the French Alps, and the Hardrock Hundred in Colorado attract elite athletes and passionate trail runners from across the globe.

Community and Camaraderie

While ultra trails can be highly competitive, they also foster a sense of community and camaraderie among participants. Aid stations, where runners refuel and receive support, become gathering points for sharing stories and encouragement. It’s not uncommon for runners to form lasting friendships during these arduous journeys.

Me myself have also experienced a lot of help and support in this journey, and still do! Even the race orginizprs can give you support like Trail Events does for a lot of trail and ultra runners in The netherlands. 

Getting started

While ultra running can be easy for some, it is still wise to seek for some help. Even if you are an expert like myself. Make sure to always have someone checking up on you weekly to avoid any setbacks!

I also offer this for starting runners but also runners that have experience. Do you want to talk about the possibilities, give me a ring! 🙂