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Ultramarathon runners are heroes and heroines running around everywhere. Learn what keeps them going and why they run so much. You will hear amazing stories of what it takes to be an ultramarathoner and how it translate into everyday life. You may not want to run as much but you certainly can learn what they know and how it has led to a happy and extraordinary life.

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Carl Tedesco was introduced to ULTRA marathons in 2007. As he continued his engineering career with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University and working as a professor at San Diego State University,... more

Recently named the leader of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library and Museum (themorgan.org), a major center for art literature and music in New York City, John Marciari received his Ph.D. from Yale University... more

Once an overweight law student at Northwestern, now Mandy Miller has a thriving law practice helping mentally disabled people. Mandy also has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. She is turning 53 in July and is in the best shape of... more

"Mike Rouse is one of a few great people you can always count on to do the right thing and who lives his lifewith passion every single day. I'm proud to call him my friend." -Bob Babbit, Co-Founder of Competiror Magazine and Ironman Hall of... more

Martha Schoppe (pronounced Shop-pe) is no ordinary fire fighter. She is part of a 20 person crew out of Durango, Colorado made up of 3 women and 17 men, part of the Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service. They work 80-100... more

Joe Edgecome retired on April 1, 2014 and that's not joke. He spent 40 years as a respiratory therapist, 28 of them as Director of Respiratory Care at a hospital. He is a father of 4, and grandfather of 9 and married for 33 years; two of his... more

In the past 9 years, Angela Shartel has gone from being 65 lbs over weight to winning 100 mile ultra marathons and setting records. Most recently winning first female at Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run http://www.vhtrc.org/mmt,... more

Trasie Phan and Elizabeth Kocek, ULTRA Marathon runner, have a candid conversation about how running long distances started for them. Trasie was introduced to ULTRA Marathons in 2009 as a volunteer at the Pacific Crest Trail... more

Eric Meech has completed the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon twice, 2011 and 2013, while serving the San Diego Community as a lifeguard for over 25 years. No one knows the beaches and bays of San Diego better than Eric who is a... more

In celebration of Mother's Day, we are having a conversation with Kit Kakadelas Brazier Learn how Kit continued to run while she was pregnant and raising children for so many years. Her children range in ages 11 years apart with the... more