13 Ultras You Should Run

Races & Places:
Where to Run

Ultra Races You Should Do
Ready to commit to your first ultra? Consider one of these 13 races--all relatively easy ways to push beyond 26.2

PUBLISHED 03/10/2008

Strolling Jim 40-Mile Run
Wartrace, Tennessee
May 3, 2008
Scenic road course with some hills

Ice Age Trail 50
La Grange, Wisconsin
May 10, 2008
Options: 50-K, 50 miles
Forest trails with rolling hills

Pineland Farms Trail Challenge
New Gloucester, Maine
May 25, 2008
Options: 25-K, 50-K, 50 miles
Up and down course on grass and gravel trails through forest and farmland

Mt. Hood Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Ultramarathon
Mt. Hood, Oregon
July 26, 2008
Out-and-back 50-mile course on the PCT has 5,200 feet of climbing.

The North Face Endurance Challenge
Washington, D.C.
September 6, 2008
Options: 50-K, 50 miles
One of four qualifiers for a December 2008 final in San Francisco

Heartland 100
Cassoday, Kansas
October 11, 2008
Options: 50 or 100 miles
Scenic course through tallgrass and open range

Le Grizz Ultramarathon
Kalispell, Montana
October 11, 2008
Distance: 50 miles
Scenic gravel/paved course winds along the Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Chicago Lakefront 50/50
November 1, 2008
Options: marathon, 50-K, 50 miles
Mostly paved course along out-and-back segments of the lakefront running path

Helen Klein Ultra Classic
November 1, 2008
Options: 30-K, 50-K, 50 miles
Scenic, mostly flat 25-mile asphalt bike trail along the shores of the American River

JFK 50 Mile
Washington County, Maryland
November 22, 2008
Options: 50 miles
The nation's largest ultramarathon follows the Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal.

Over the Hill Track Club's High Desert 50-K
Ultramarathon & 30-K
Ridgecrest, California
December 7, 2008
Options: 30-K, 50-K
Loop on rolling singletrack and jeep roads through desert and sand

Rocky Raccoon
100-Mile Trail Run
Huntsville, Texas
February 7, 2009
Options: 50 miles, 100 miles
Flat, fast course loops on soft dirt trails through pine forest.

Mississippi 50 Trail Run
Laurel, Mississippi
March 2009
Options: 20-K, 50-K, 50 miles 12.5- and 6.1-mile loops on spongy dirt trails and fire roads through pine forest