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By Ian Corless
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Season 1 - Episode 1 : Gordy Ainsleigh

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Season 1 - Episode 14 : Hal Koerner
Hal Koerner is a legend in the world of ultra-running who was one of the early pioneers of the sport. He has victories at Kettle Morraine 100, The Bear 100, Angeles Crest, Western States hardrock 100 and so many more…  He is the owner of a specialty running store, Rogue Valley Runners, located in the mountainous Southern Oregon town of Ashland. Hal featured in JB Benna's feature-length documentary "Unbreakable: The Western States 100". In 2014, he published  "Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning" and was released by VeloPress. The book details training for an ultra marathon; from 50k to 100 miles. Recorded in 2012. Episode 0h 56m 52s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
May 07, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 13 : Max King
Max King born February 24, 1980, is an American ultra-marathoner. He was the winner at the 2014 IAU 100 km World Championships and the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships. King earned the bronze medal at the 2016 NACAC Cross Country Championships / Pan American Cross Country Cup. He has also won numerous national titles at various distances ranging from track to ultra marathon. He has also excelled at OCR becoming Warrior Dash World Champion. In addition, he has won multiple national runner of the year awards. Episode 0h 39m 59s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
April 29, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 12 : Stephen Goldstein Ph.D
A Covid-19 special with Stephen Goldstein Ph.D. who is currently a postdoctoral researcher associated at the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics studying viral evolution, including the evolution and origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. First recorded in 2020 Episode 0h 53m 39s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
March 23, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 11 : Dr Phil Maffetone
Dr Phil Maffetone has been a respected pioneer in the field of complementary medicine, bringing the latest advances to health-care professionals around the world. He is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, and biofeedback. First recorded in 2013 Episode 1h 18m 10s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
March 16, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 10 : David Horton
A professor of health sciences at Liberty University for 0ver 30-years, Horton’s prolific running career began in 1977 while pursuing his doctorate in physical education at the University of Arkansas. Since 1977, Horton has ran over 160 ultra-marathons, 30 marathons coast to coast of the continental U.S. and has held records for running both the Appalachian Trail (1991) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2005). Horton’s record-setting completion of the Appalachian Trail took 52 days and nine hours to complete – an average of approximately 41.7 miles per day. Taken from ‘Liberty Champion.’ Recommendation, watch the film, 'The Runner' by JB Benna info HERE First recorded in 2012 Episode 1h 0m 30s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
March 10, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 9 : Scott Jurek
Named one of the greatest runners of all time, Scott Jurek has become a living legend.  He has claimed victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and—his signature race—the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times. Scott has also taken the running world by storm with his 2015 Appalachian Trail speed record, averaging nearly 50 miles a day over 46 days—and the United States all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles: 6.5 marathons in one day. Off the trail, Scott is a New York Times-bestselling author for his memoir, Eat & Run, has been prominently featured in countless publications, and is a star of the international bestseller, Born To Run. More than just a champion, Scott is a true student and ambassador of the sport, known to stay at finish lines cheering until the last runner crosses. When not racing, he donates his time to many non profit organizations and is an avid volunteer in the areas of environmental conservation, fitness and health. A passionate advocate for vegetarianism, he follows a 100% plant-based diet, which he credits for his endurance, recovery and consistent twenty year racing career. He believes that everyone can run an ultra and everyone can access their body’s innate capacity to heal. Through writing, public speaking, and consulting, Scott takes joy in encouraging people of all fitness levels to take the next step toward vibrant health. (Taken from©) First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 30m 30s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
February 24, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 8 : Audiofuel Pyramid Session
Interval training gives really good bang for buck. A short session can give your metabolism a boost which is great for those looking to stay trim. For those wanting to run faster, intervals give fixed periods of fast tempo running. Enjoy a Pyramid Session brought you you by Audiofuel. At 22 minutes, this is the shortest and least intense of our intervals sessions. The efforts go from 30 seconds to 90 seconds and the fastest cadence is 180 BPM. Each effort has a 60 second recovery. This is our most popular intervals session, and a great place to start if you're new to intervals. First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 30m 32s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
February 17, 2020
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February 05, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 7 : Bruce Fordyce
Bruce Fordyce (born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Ultramarathon three years in a row. He is the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km. First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 26m 30s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
February 03, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 6 : Dean Karnazes
Dean Karnazes born Constantine Karnazes; August 23, 1962, is an American ultra-marathon runner, and author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, which details ultra endurance running. Karnazes has completed a plethora of endurance events, most notable achievements include: Ran 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005. Single-handedly completed "The Relay", a 199-mile (320 km) run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, eleven times Ran a marathon to the South Pole in −13 °F (−25 °C) temperatures without snowshoes in 2002 Ran a marathon in each of the 50 states in 50 consecutive days in 2006 Other athletic achievements include: Winner (male), Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles (217 km) across Death Valley in 120 °F (49 °C) temperatures), 2004 (with five other top-10 finishes from 2000-2008) Winner, Vermont Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run, 2006 Overall Winner, 4 Deserts Race Series, 2008 American Ultrarunning Team, World Championships, 2005, 2008 148 miles (238 km) in 24 hours on a treadmill, 2004 Eleven-time 100-Mile/1 Day Silver Buckleholder at the Western States Endurance Run Ran 3,000 miles (4,800 km) across the United States from Disneyland to New York City in 75 days, running 40 to 50 miles (65 to 80 km) per day, 2011 Other honors include: Competitor magazine Endurance Athlete of the Year Award winner, 2008, 2006, 2005 ESPN ESPY Award winner, "Best Outdoor Athlete", 2007 Men's Journal, Adventure Hall of Fame, 2007 Outside magazine, Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes, 2004 First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 38m 46s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
January 29, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 5 : Ellie Greenwood
Ellie Greenwood is a British/Canadian runner born in Scotland, and spent most of her childhood in England. She moved to Canada after graduating from university to work for a ski tour operator. Her career  began in 2008 and is a two-time 100k World Champ. winning the title in 2010 and 2014. She holds numerous course records, including those for the iconic Westerrn States. She is the first British woman to win the 90 km Comrades  in South Africa. First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 26m 36s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
January 20, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 4 : Geoff Roes
Geoff Roes was raised in Cleveland, New York and excelled in track and cross country at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, NY. He competed in cross-country at Syracuse University for one year before becoming injured. Roes took a hiatus from competitive running until trying his hand at ultra marathon running in 2006 when he won his first event, the Little Susitna 50K. In 2007, he set a course record in the process of winning the Susitna 100 miler. In 2010 Roes won the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run. Roes also won the 2010 Western States Endurance Run in a record time of 15:07:04. Roes set the still-standing course record for the Wasatch 100 (a 100-mile race along the Wasatch Front range of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT) in 2009 with a time of 18:30:55, beating the previous course record by nearly one hour and five minutes. Roes now resides in Juneau, Alaska. (Reference wikipedia) First recorded in 2013 - published episode 28 of Talk Ultra. Episode 0h 43m 13s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
January 14, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 3 : Timothy Olson
This interview goes back to 2012 and episode 12 of Talk Ultra. Timothy Olson had won the 39th annual Western States 100 race in the record time of 14:46:44, trimming the course record of 15:07:04, set by Geoff Roes two years earlier, by over twenty minutes. In this interview, we found out about the demons of Tim’s life, drugs, alcohol and a road to ruin. Ultra-running quite literally saved his life… It still stands as one of my all-time favourite Talk Ultra interviews. First recorded in 2012. Episode 0h 53m 8s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
January 06, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 2 : Kilian Jornet - The Matterhorn SOML
It’s the day after the Matterhorn Ultraks and just four days after Kilian Jornet’s successful attempt on the Matterhorn Summit record attempt from Cervinia. It has been quite a few days for this iconic mountain and although Kilian has excelled on both occasions, we all know, the mountain is still the boss. Kilian arrives with Emelie Forsberg looking relaxed and fresh after a late breakfast. I congratulate him (and Emelie) once again on topping the podium at the Skyrunning Matterhorn Ultraks race and ask him how he feels, ‘I am a little tired but feel good. I was certainly tired in the race but I didn’t push too hard. I just did what I needed to do to win the race’. Our conversation turns the TNF UTMB and we discuss how the race will unfold for the men and women. Kilian and Emelie are animated at the prospect of Julien Chorier, Miguel Heras, Anton Krupicka and the other contenders going head-to-head. Emelie gets excited at the thought of Nuria Picas in the ladies race, it’s her first 100-mile race and of course Emelie knows the Catalan well. We could talk all day but eventually I settle down with Kilian in a quiet corner and we discuss the Matterhorn. First recorded in September 2013. Episode 0h 36m 21s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
January 02, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 1 : Gordy Ainsleigh
In 1974 Gordy Ainsleigh was the first to run the Western States Endurance Run in under twenty-four hours. Ainsleigh had finished the Western States (WSER) in 71 and 72 on horseback, but in 73 his new horse was pulled with lameness at the 29-mile checkpoint. With the inspiration and encouragement of Drucilla Barner, the first woman to win the Tevis Cup and Secretary of the Western States Trail Foundation, Gordy, in 1974,  joined the horses of the Western States Trail Ride to see if he could complete the course on foot in under twenty-four hours. Twenty-three hours and forty-two minutes later Gordy arrived in Auburn, proving that a runner could indeed, travel the 100 miles in one day. History was made...! First recorded in February, 2012. Episode 1h 01m 12 s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE
December 26, 2019