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A few unpublished sketches...

Here are a few unpublished sketches/comics which I sent to Bryon as examples of my work pre-Happy Trails at If you haven't figured it out by now I have stepped down from my duties as the resident cartoonist at 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 I put them both in one Happy Trails column on

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 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
 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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Trails on iRunFar #5 - It's Just Running

What could possibly be going on in this scene? Well go on over to iRunFar to get the full story.
Also a new URG is on it's way this week so stay tuned for that.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Trails on iRunFar #3- When I Grow UP!

A bit of a teaser for today's Happy Trails comic #3 - When I Grow UP! See the entire comic at iRunFar and make sure to check out Bryon's call for comments. I would love to hear what you have to say about it;-) 


This is the first, "One Hour URG Challenge". I gave myself one hour to come up with an idea draw it and upload it. I can't dwell on posting it because I am over my 1 hour time limit. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 24, 2012



Thanks to Bryon for sending in his idea for an "URG".

Bryon's idea with some of my thoughts in (bold)-
Ok, now that I have my sketch in front of me, I have a two panel comic(2 panels Bryon, really??)... though, now that I think about it, it might be three panels(more like 6).
Panel 1: URG walks into a huge home repair/construction store akin to Home Depot/Lowes in the States. You can prominently see a sign that lists many, many aisles. Maybe you can read all of them, maybe you can't, but the last one is "outdoors" or "garden" or something like that. There are also an huge number of aisles radiating from the entry way.(huge number of aisles? I do have a life you know. Do you know how much work that is?? I did 5.)
Panel 2 (optional... originally not included): URG walking around some ridiculous aisle looking forlorn. He's clearly out of place.
Panel 3: URG has found the outdoor/garden department and is either completely at ease or running around the tree selection.
I suppose there could be another panel before Panel 1 in which Guy and Gal are talking about fixing an issue (leaky roof, broken pipe, etc) to set the story. Maybe it's clear it's a weekend and URG is gonna miss his Saturday run(Good idea but yes it did mean another panel plus one more to wrap it up).
Ok, there's my idea. I won't be the least bit offended if you toss it. :-) (well your idea escaped the trash bin, hope you like the final product;-p)

Sunday, March 18, 2012


First panel of the debut comic, "It's A Bird".
To see the full comic go to
Please check out my new comic series, "Happy Trails" on iRunFar. The debut comic, "It's A Bird", was inspired by Jill Homer's flyover pictures of this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational. The series will run every other Sunday, but don't worry, "URG" will continue to be published here with the same random irregularity you have all come to expect;-) So what are you doing still reading this? Head on over to iRunFar and check it out.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Movie Night

Apparently some people like a little(90 inches) entertainment while getting some running time in.

Friday, February 24, 2012



A remake of an old URG Classic;-) I remade it to adorn the top of the this blog because the sentiment of it warms my heart and makes me smile. I have been wanting to put up just the right comic at the top of this blog for a while and hearing about the loss of a friends BEST FRIEND was a sign that this was indeed the right choice.
Note- I added the, "Spot the 8 er 9 Differences" game after Sara's comment that she liked the "tail wag" in the original.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cold Weather, Digit Protection System

Next Saturday is the Yukon Arctic Ultra where the temperatures have been hitting -40 C lately.
GOOD LUCK to everyone heading north(or south) next weekend including my coach Derrick who will be tackling the 100miler
and David who is giving the Marathon a try.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An American URG and An English URG walk into a Pub...

Click HERE for LARGER view!

Thanks to Keith for sending me the story that inspired this URG way back on November 18th, 2010. It has been simmering on the back burners of my brain since then and to tell you the truth I am relieved to finally get that pot off of my stove to make room for the other things I need to obsess about. As I told Keith I had hoped this would become a one panel gag comic, however it turned out to be somewhat of a "Monster" for me in the end and I was happy to have taken on the challenge of it. Anyhow here is Keith's story -

In September I ran a 100 mile race with Mr Rajeev Patel, maybe you've heard of him. He came over to the UK and we ran the South Downs Way together... we got lost in the middle of the night, missed a cutoff and DNFd but that is another story. During that race we passed through a quaint english village, deciding to pop into a typical english local pub to fill up our water bottles ( we both carried 2x handhelds ). I thought we would quietly ( in a polite english manner ) sneak into the toilets and fill up our bottles there. Not Rajeev. He walks straight to the barman, gives him his water bottles and asks him to fill his bottles. The barman was taken aback a little at this loud talking, presumptious American fellow who was Indian looking. We both had backpacks on and all the wet weather gear of course. Then Rajeev proceeds to order a bottle of beer in thanks... and necks it down. I very politely refused. Rajeev says "come on, come on, it's calories man, calories!!". I again polietly reassured him I wouldn't be participating, feeling a little embarrassed for the barman at my friends 'strange' ( but normal ) behaviour as far as some englishmen are concerned. The barman is surprised and I can almost see his toughts... "who runs a 100 miles while drinking beer along the way". We finished filling our water bottles and went on our way leaving behind the bemused barman and wife. I often wonder what they said to eachother after we left the bar.
Here's a picture of me
Here's a picture of Rajeev 

Sunday, January 1, 2012