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This is a podcast about the history of the sport of ultrarunning. An ultramarathon is generally a race of 50K (31 miles) or more. The sport became popular in the 1980s, but had been in existence since the late 19th century. This podcast will share history and tell stories about ultrarunning history generally before 2000.

Ultrarunning History Davy Crockett

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This is a podcast about the history of the sport of ultrarunning. An ultramarathon is generally a race of 50K (31 miles) or more. The sport became popular in the 1980s, but had been in existence since the late 19th century. This podcast will share history and tell stories about ultrarunning history generally before 2000.

    152: Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings

    152: Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings

    Listen to my interview on the very good Trail Runner Nation podcast. I recently went on it to talk to the guys about my new book, Classic Ultramarathon Beginnings. We discussed several of the very early ultras in our history.

    • 31 min
    151: Around the World on Foot: Three Stories

    151: Around the World on Foot: Three Stories

    The “around the world on foot” craze of the 1890s was first dominated by Americans, but eventually spread to Europeans. Some very interesting individuals, mostly from Germany and France, appeared in New York City claiming to be making a global journey on foot. Most were usually highly educated and impressive. Why would someone leave their well-respected careers and endure the hardship of being on the road for months and years? But the biggest question is why the public and news press could believe in such a hoax. Well, some figured it out. Here are three stories that were followed in newspapers across America. In a way, this was their way of following a continuing reality show that was often printed on the front pages of newspapers. These three stories are among more than 60 included in my new book, Around the World on Foot: The Early Globetrotters.

    • 27 min
    150: Around the World on Foot: The Paper Suits

    150: Around the World on Foot: The Paper Suits

    My new book, Around the World on Foot: The Early Globetrotters is available on Amazon. After an introduction to help you understand what in the world was going on, I will share a chapter about the strange tradition of starting in a paper suit.

    • 27 min
    149: Encore - Across the Years

    149: Encore - Across the Years

    Across the Years race, established in 1983, is being held this week in Arizona for the 37th time. It is one of the oldest fixed-time races in the world that is still held annually. The race is always held at the end of the year, crossing over to the new year with a grand celebration. Through the years, it has attracted many of the greatest fixed-time runners in the world and still today is the premier and largest fixed-time race in America. Over its impressive history, more than 2,300 runners have logged miles at Across the Years. It all started in 1983, the brainchild of Harold Sieglaff, of Phoenix, Arizona. This episode is a tribute to Sieglaff and the other pioneer ultrarunners who were the first to run this famed ultra.

    • 29 min
    148: Ultramarathons on Christmas Day 1879

    148: Ultramarathons on Christmas Day 1879

    Back in 1879, the featured Christmas Day sports event was ultrarunning/pedestrianism. That day, at least four ultramarathons were taking place. The largest six-day race in history, “The Rose Belt.” with 65 starters, held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, in front of thousands of spectators. In Chicago, at McCormick Hall, four pedestrians were competing in another six-day race, more crowded facilities. Probably the most unusual ultramarathon in history was also taking place in the Red Sea aboard the steamer “Duke of Devonshire.”

    • 25 min
    147: Gary Cantrell (Lazarus Lake) - Before the Barkley

    147: Gary Cantrell (Lazarus Lake) - Before the Barkley

    Gary Cantrell (a.k.a. Lazarus Lake), of Tennessee, was recently inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame. Most people recognize him for creating the legendary Barkley Marathons, arguably the toughest trail race in the world. But few understand that he once was a talented runner during the 1970s and early 1980s. His running exploits when he was in his 20s and 30s groomed his experience into the most famous extreme sports race director in the world, and into an encyclopedia of ultrarunning wisdom. To understand complexities of the man, Gary Cantrell before he became Lazarus Lake, one must learn about his background and experiences that led up to the birth of the Barkley.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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83 Ratings

83 Ratings

Army Ranger 1994 ,

Awesome!

Wonderful Podcast. Reference Episode 124, I am the great grandson of Jessie Buck nee Cameron/Noremac. This definitely fills in a lot of holes in my family history. My entire family cannot thank you enough and I am sure will be reaching out to you directly.

Thanks Again!

Ranger94

JDog1779 ,

Very enjoyable podcast

As a big trail and ultra running fan, this podcast has given me great perspective and insight into the real early days of ultra running and all of the wacky and crazy stories to go along with it.

fpoonline ,

Love the info, not the style

I deeply appreciate the content, fact-checking, and historical context. The style -- Davy acting out the voices; constant sound clips (applause, laughter, animals, etc.) feels hokey, distracting, and unprofessional to me. I can see why younger runnners in particular aren't listening to this podcast much. It's a shame; as far as I know, there's no other comparable source of info. Thanks so much for your efforts!

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