Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Wizard of Barkley...& Haiku


The Barkley Marathons 2015
Hunter and Hunted: One Human Sacrifice's Short Story of the Barkley Marathons -Kimberly Durst
The Barkley Fall Classic is run on the same course as BM
Photos from Leon
The Barkley Marathons - I Quit -Matt Bixley
Photos from Keith Knipling
Julian Jamison's race report
Chris Gkikas' race report
3rd loop finish plus Page burning video from Johan Steene
Matt Mahoney's Barkley 2015's results summary with links to more reports etc.
Barkley: The Beauty of Out There by Leon Lutz

The race has a 60 hour cut-off and a cut-off for each loop. Just think, if there was a 4 minute cut-off  in a 1 mile race and a 1 minute cut-off for every lap then no woman in the history of track and field would have made it past the 3rd.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Sometimes I think I might as well sit at home and eat a couple dozen cakes a la The Oatmeal's Blerch, and leave running to the "REAL" runners out there. Just standing near to one, a "REAL" runner makes me hyper aware of the things I am lacking that keep me from joining their rank of "SUPER ULTRA-NESS". Of course the more cake I eat the more "BLERCHY" I feel so like URG my only antidote to the feelin' Blerchy is to keep on running and running and running:-)

Monday, September 17, 2012

A few unpublished sketches...

Here are a few unpublished sketches/comics which I sent to Bryon as examples of my work pre-Happy Trails at iRunfar.com. If you haven't figured it out by now I have stepped down from my duties as the resident cartoonist at iRunFar.com. I thanked Bryon for giving me the opportunity and as I know he had high hopes for the comic series I can't help but feel that I let him down. I will always be grateful to him for allowing me to try although ultimately I, "Failed To Deliver" or FTD'd on what I had promised him. Unfortunately, after giving my all(including my talent, my available time, my resourcefulness) to the comic I came to the conclusion that I lacked a depth of knowledge and understanding of the "ultra culture" and "ultra scene"  which the "Happy Trails" series needed to make it relevant to the iRunFar community. FTDing on my first job as a cartoonist is a bit disappointing but I am at peace with it because I tried my best, I learned from the experience and I am moving forward.

Monday, July 16, 2012


 Hardrock and Badwater, two great ultras that taste great together...so I put them both in one Happy Trails column on iRunFar.com.

Hardrock is over and Badwater is just beginning. Check out the entire comics here and all of the pre and post Hardrock stuff over at iRunFar.com including an interview with the winner Hal Kroener, and a pre-race interview with Karl Meltzer the star of the Hardrock comic(no he is not an alien...I don't think)

Also, as he was preparing for his 10th Badwater Ultramarathon, the Ultra Marathon Man himself, Dean Karnazes, shared some of his insights about what it takes to survive Badwater with the support of his crew and pacer. You can follow Dean and the other racers here as they set out in 3 waves at 6am, 8am and 10am PDT.

Monday, July 2, 2012

HT on IRF #8- A Portrait of the Western States 100 Course Records

Click on the picture or link below to see the entire portrait on iRunFar.com
 Happy Trails on iRunFar #8- A Portrait of the Western States 100 Course Records 

Some interesting resources and reads I found during my research-
Jim King's 1984 race report How the West was won
Sarah Lavendar Smith's 2009 interview with Ann Trason
Western States Historical Data with link to Ultra-Sign up stats
John Medinger's All-Time Top 100 Men's and Women's Performances Lists

Monday, June 11, 2012

Scott Jurek's , "Run & Eat"?

Happy Trails on iRunFar #7, "Run & Eat"
A comic featuring Scott Jurek who has a new book out called, "Eat and Run". Check out the comic here and then check out the book at Amazon. The teaser chapter previews will probably have you clicking to buy it.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Run 3 Years In the Making...

Here is your chance to Toast/Roast Mr. iRunFar himself. Check out some of the funny stories and make sure to join in the fun and add one or two of your own.