Big Mike's Running Page
Ultras | Pittsburgh
Ultras - An ultramarathon is any running event longer
than a marathon (i.e. 26.2 miles). An ultrarun is any unusually
difficult running event, regardless of distance (e.g. Pikes Peak
My favorite kind of running is long distance on trails, and my
favorite kind of running events are ultramarathons, for many reasons. I
like being away from pavement and cars, I like the scenery, I like the
challenge, and I especially like the people.
Here are a few of the ultras within driving
distance of Western PA:
Here are some links to some interesting ultramarathon-related sites:
- David Blaikie, from Manotick, Ontario, has built an impressive
Web site called Ultramarathon World.
He has lots of general news about races, runners, the history of
ultrarunning, and much more.
- Stan Jensen ,
Moss Beach, CA, has compiled statistics on several US 100-mile ultras,
and has some other interesting ultra links.
- Kevin Sayers
has collected and cataloged several years' worth of helpful articles
about various aspects of running ultras.
- And, of course, UltraRunning is THE magazine
Most of my running is on bike paths and hiking trails. The
Pittsburgh area has some great trails.
Hashing is a good activity for people who take running and/or
themselves too seriously and for people that are tired of people who
take running and/or themselves too seriously. There's all
kinds of good info on hashing -- check it out: