Ultra Running


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a talk i gave to a group of students about ultra marathon running in 2007.

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Ultra Running

  1. 1. Ultra-Running <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who does it? </li></ul><ul><li>How to do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. What is Ultra-Running <ul><li>An organized footrace that extends beyond the standard marathon distance of 42km 195m (26 miles 385yards). </li></ul><ul><li>Ultra Races typically begin at 50km (31miles) and can extend enormous distances!! There is no limit, the only true limit is the limits of human ability and will power! </li></ul><ul><li>The longest certified Ultra-Running event is the Ultimate Ultra, the annual Sri-Chinmoy 1300-miler (2092km) which is held each fall in New York </li></ul><ul><li>There is also the annual Trans America Footrace, which is run in 64 consecutive daily stages from Los Angeles to New York. Runners cover almost 3,000 miles (more than 4800 kilometers) at a rate of about 45 miles (72 kilometers) a day. </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS IT? <ul><li>Ultramarathons are run on roads, trails and tracks. </li></ul><ul><li>They can be point-to-point, like the Comrades Marathon in South Africa; out and back, like the Niagara 100K in Canada; or held on loop courses, like the famous one-mile loop that Sri Chinmoy runners circle 1300 times in New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Rules allow runners to &quot;go as you please.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>No penalty results from most interuptions, except for the time or distance a runner loses from his or her performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Men and women compete in ultramarathons at all levels. </li></ul><ul><li>They always have. In modern times, they usually compete together in the same race. </li></ul><ul><li>One hundred years ago, when the sport flourished as &quot;pedestrianism,&quot; men and women competed in separate events. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHO DOES IT? <ul><li>There are two types of events – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>runners set out to cover a fixed distance (whether it be 100 kilometers, 1000 kilometers or more) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>runners attempt to cover the greatest possible distance within a fixed period of time (such as 24 hours, 48 hours or six days). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journey running is another aspect of the sport. Journey runners are lone trekkers who set out to cover long distances at their own daily pace. The most common examples are transcontinental runners, such as those who have crossed Canada, the United States and Australia on foot. </li></ul><ul><li>Megarunners are another sub-group within the sport. They are known not for their speed or records but for the great number of marathons and ultramarathons they run. Henri Girault of Naintre, France, has run more than 200 races of 100 kilometers or more. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Norm Frank of Rochester, New York, has run more than 550 marathons and ultras . And Canadian Wally Herman of Ottawa has run more than 400 such races, including at least one marathon or ultra in every Canadian province and territory, every U.S. state and in more than 70 countries worldwide. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. WHO DOES IT?
  6. 6. Objective The purpose of the Western New York Ultra Series is to build interest and participation in the various trail and road ultras in Western New York. Race Entry and Rules Each race in the series is a separate and independent event. Each race director determines their own entry fees, race date, number of entries allowed, cut-off times, and other policies. Series Entry Entry in any series event automatically registers the runner in the Western NY Ultra Series. There is no additional fee. A minimum of two series events must be finished to be eligible for awards. Categories Men: Open, Masters (40-49), Veterans (50 & Over) Women: Open, Masters (40-49), Veterans (50 & Over) Age for the series will be age on day of the last race run in the series.
  7. 7. WHO DOES IT? <ul><li>http://www.wny-ultra.org/2006-standings.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wny-ultra.org/index.htm </li></ul>
  8. 8. TRAINING <ul><li>http://www.scrunners.org/ultrasch.php?month=2&day=2&year=2008&dow=6&schedule=50m&submit=Draw+Schedule </li></ul>
  9. 9. NUTRITION <ul><li>Hammer – Endurolytes </li></ul><ul><li>E-Caps – Tissue Rejuvenator </li></ul><ul><li>Ibuprofen </li></ul><ul><li>Hammer – Perpetuem </li></ul><ul><li>Clif – Shots (Strawberry w/ Caffeine) </li></ul><ul><li>Oranges </li></ul><ul><li>LOTS OF WATER! </li></ul><ul><li>Unconditional Support from Loved ones </li></ul>
  10. 10. GEAR <ul><li>Garmin Forerunner </li></ul><ul><li>Running Clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Amphibian Water Belt </li></ul><ul><li>Asics Running Sneakers </li></ul>