Ultra Running

Viral Beauty Pageant Winner Loses Ultra Crown After Disqualification

Maude Gorman was competing at The Miss Massachusetts Pageant. During the pageant, there was a comedy skit that included a joke that referenced #MeToo. Maude, a victim's rights advocate was offended and took a standby giving up her crown....

Big’s Backyard Ultra Is Cruel, And It Is The Perfect Race

In Stephen King's 'The Long Walk', 100 participants must maintain a 15 minute per mile pace for as long as they can. If, at any point they fall below a 15 minute per mile pace, they are warned. If a walker falls...

Benfered – Ultra Troll’s Harassment and False Accusations Continue

If you spend any time in any public running group on Facebook, you've probably come across "Jane Benfer".  Seemingly at random, "Jane" will fill up threads with the telltale laughing emoji, often at the most inappropriate of times. This...

In Contrast To ‘Everyone Gets a Medal’, The Barkley Marathons Stand Out.

The Barkley Marathons are the brainchild of Gary Cantrell, aka Lazarus Lake. He had the idea for the race after James Earl Ray escaped from the local penitentiary and only made it 8 miles in 55 hours. He thought...

Analysis of Dallas Marathon and 50k Uncovers Serial Course Cutter

The BMW Dallas Marathon and 50K races were held on December 15th. Last year the 50k course was modified due to flooding concerns, and there were initially 5 runners in the top 15 that...

Longstanding JOGLE Record Faces New Scrutiny

A few weeks ago I received an email from Will Cockerell, author of 50 Greatest Marathons. Will spent sometime investigating the longstanding Jogle record, which is held by Andi Rivetts. 'JOGLE' is an acronym for John-O-Groats to Lands End....

More Disqualifications and Allegations Regarding Ultra Runner Kelly Agnew

In the aftermath of Kelly Agnew's disqualifications from Across The Years and the resulting publicity, there have been statements made by the races and sponsors.  Runners have come forward with their experiences through social media. Some were surprised by...

Crew Member Speaks Out: Perry Newburn’s New Zealand Run Was A Lie

In November, 64 year old Perry Newburn embarked on an attempt to break Siggy Bauer's 43 year old record by running across New Zealand in 18 days. Prior to this attempt, he claims to have run across the United States at...

Bib Stealing and Course Cutting at The Barkley Marathons?

Readers of Marathon Investigation are familiar with "Patty Pan" and Bre Tiesi-Manziel. In an almost unbelievable coincidence, these worlds collided at Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg Tennessee A Questionable Policy

Robert Young’s “Fastest Crossing Across America” Attempt is Over

There has been quite a bit of controversy regarding Rob Young's attempted fastest crossing across America.That has been covered on letsrun.com in excruciating detail. In the early days of the run, Rob was posting world class mileage when compared...

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