Samples of Articles for Trail Runner
As a contributing editor and columnist at Trail Runner, I write regularly for the magazine and blog. Here are a few articles showing the variety of my articles’ topics, format and style. (See below for examples of UltraRunnerPodcast.com episodes I’ve co-hosted.)
“I had the privilege of working with Sarah on many of her articles for Trail Runner magazine during my time as Associate Editor there. She is an exceptionally talented writer with a knack for generating wonderful, human-interest story ideas and seeing them through. Having met Sarah in person as well, I can say that her friendliness, warmth and ability to connect with others has no doubt helped establish her as an inspiring figure and knowledgeable authority in the trail-running community. Sarah’s work ethic, sense of responsibility and attention to detail are much appreciated, too!” – Yitka Winn
“Is Running a Threat to Your Relationship?” This in-depth feature combines first-person writing with interviews from couples and counselors to recognize and resolve conflict over one partner’s passion for running. (June 2015)
“What Makes a Trail Run”: First-person essay about persevering through a 24-hour event on a flat one-mile loop course while contemplating trail running and observing the day in the life of a place (Oct. 2015)
“The Journey of ‘Kiwi Paul'”: an in-depth profile of ultrarunner and race director Paul Charteris of New Zealand, who overcame many setbacks to finish his race, the Tarawera 100K, in 2015; published on iRunFar.com (June 2015)
“Amelia Boone Interview”: A champion in the sport of obstacle course racing, Amelia Boone crossed over to ultrarunning in a big way with a second-place finish at the 2016 Sean O’Brien 100K that earned her entry to Western States 100. We talk to her about what it’s like to be such a bad-ass ultrarunning corporate attorney.
“Matt Fitzgerald Interview”: Matt is a well-respected endurance athlete, author and sports nutritionist. His new book, How Bad Do You Want It, delves into sports psychology. This interview is full of advice on “mental fitness” as well as nutrition.
“Liza Howard Interview”: We talk to the course-record-setter at the Umstead 100 about running through-and post-pregnancy, adapting to training with kids, wilderness survival, beer, coaching, and running camps.
“Hal Koerner Interview”: With a new book on the shelves, an infant at home, races to direct, and a running store, we pick his brain about training, being “Mr. Happy”, beer, obstacle courses, and the book.
“Skiing the Hardrock” Jason Schlarb interview: Ultrarunner Schlarb, along with two skimo champs and a filmmaker, took on Colorado’s Hard-rock 100-mile Endurance Run during wintertime. We talk to him about his harrowing adventure and banter about my memorable race.
“Stevie Kremer Interview”: We meet an up-and-coming mountain runner from Colorado and find out how she balances running with her profession (teaching) and her other hobby (skimo). We also talk about my win at my first 24-hour race.
“Michele Graglia Interview”: Take a charming Italian guy from the Riviera who happens to be a top underwear model, introduce him to ultrarunning, and see what happens, right? Meet Michele (Mickey) Graglia.
“Jen Benna Interview”: We talk to Jen about her comeback from 2014’s birth of her second child, breast pumping while running, training for ultras, epic fails on the trails, and how she’s dealing with caring for her very sick girl.
“2014 Year in Review”: Eric and I talk with guest Tropical John Medinger about the notable trends, performances and athletes on the mountain/ultra/trail scene in 2014 and make predications about the coming year. And, we laugh a lot!
“John Trent Interview”: We interview the president of the Western States Endurance Run board about his history as an ultrarunner, the future of the sport, as well as the history and future of the ultimate 100-miler.
“John Burton Interview”: Despite being freezing cold, shattering a finger, freaking out about passing one of his heroes and dropping his pacer, John came in at a very respectable 30 hours on the challenging course. How’d he do it?
“2015 Year in Review with Karl Hoagland”: Eric and I talk with guest Karl Hoagland, the publisher of UltraRunning Magazine, about the notable trends, performances and athletes on the mountain/ultra/trail scene in 2015.