EP 661: Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings

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Dive into the Thrilling World of Ultra Running with Historian Davy Crockett! Join hosts us in an exhilarating journey through the untold history and fascinating evolution of ultra marathons. Discover the legendary races that shaped the sport: from the historic Comrades Marathon to the enigmatic Barkley Marathons. Learn about the earliest ultra runners, their unique mindset, and how their challenges differ from those faced by today’s athletes. 

Explore the global impact of ultra running, featuring stories from the Redwood Indian Marathon that showcased Native American excellence, and the JFK 50‘s evolution from a boys club event to America’s oldest ultra race. 

This episode isn’t just about endurance – it’s a journey into the heart of ultra running, revealing the allure, history, and soul of this incredible sport. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a casual listener, there’s something for everyone in this captivating conversation. Don’t miss out on these extraordinary tales that bring the world of ultra marathons to life! 

About Davy

• David “Davy” R. Crockett, a veteran ultrarunner since 2004
• has completed over a hundred 100-mile races. 
• He combined his running passion with history by organizing the “Pony Express Trail 50 and 100” in Utah 
• launched and the Ultrarunning History Podcast in 2018. 
• As the Director of the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame since 2020, Crockett has authored several books on ultrarunning history and 19th-century American westward migration.

Other Ultrarunning History Series books:

1. Frank Hart: The First Black Ultrarunning Star
2. Grand Canyon Rim to Rim History
3. Strange Running Tales: When Ultrarunning was a Reality Show
4. Running 100 Miles: Part One – A History (1729-1960)
5. Running 100 Miles: Part Two – A History (1761-1976)
6. Running 100 Miles: Part Three – A History (1977-1979)
7. Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings: The Barkley Marathons, Comrades Marathon, London to Brighton, JFK 50, Spartathlon, and others

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