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  • 2014 Upper Midwest mud run & obstacle course events
    There is an ever increasing roster of running events that require participants to clear obstacles, run or crawl through mud and/or get sprayed with paint on the course. And many more of these quirky contrivances are taking place in the upper Midwest. 
  • The ultramarathon mind
    Although hard to imagine, there is an ever expanding sub group of runners pushing their physical, mental and psychological limits running ultramarathons. Be they superhuman or super crazy, ultrarunners find their fraternity growing. 
  • Getting along with getting old, Part II
    Growing old as a runner is like changing residences. Your body is no longer a youthful temple; it has transformed into what Realtors call “a fixer upper” and you are the handyman constantly attending to assorted stiff muscles, sore tendons, achy joints and dull pains. 
  • The new “Marathons of Wisconsin” series challenges runners to participate in five Wisconsin marathons or half marathons throughout the course of the year. Another regional marathon series, now in its second year, is the Great Lakes Marathon Series.  
  • Ultrarunner Zach bitter creates ‘a work of art’
    "It is staggering, as mind-boggling as the distance itself. It is borderline unbelievable and it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t strictly documented," Rich McKnight said after witnessing Zach Bitter smash the U.S. 100-mile and world 12-hour records. 
  • Getting along with getting old, Part I
    If you are over 50, books, magazine articles and lots of stuff on the Internet tell you how to race and train, but no one reveals what it actually feels like to be running when you're an old guy.  
  • Pushing my dad

    I found the Mount Lemmon Half Marathon, billed as the “world’s toughest road marathon.” I figured I’d end up walking most of it anyway. And since I’d be walking, it occurred to me I could push my outdoors-loving dad.

     
  • Marquette earned a bronze-level “bike friendly community” designation from the League of American Bicyclists in 2010. But with more than a third of its 40 miles of singletrack built since then, the city deserves to be upgraded to gold or platinum status. 
  • Suddenly logic felt like retreat. Sensible behavior seemed more like cowardice. That other guy? He was a true trail runner. Me? Not so much.  
  • We were diverted off the course and told the race was stopped at the 25.5-mile mark. We continued to run not realizing the extent of events at the finish line. We ended up running 26.3 miles before we stopped. In a blink of an eye it was over. 
  • Movin’ Shoes
    RUNNING with Tom Kaufman
    The initial inventory of Movin’ Shoes was four pairs of shoes hanging on a peg board. The first running shoes sold were Tiger Nylon and Leather Cortez. These were soon followed by Blue Ribbon Sports’ (Nike) Nylon and Leather Cortez. The cost of those first running shoes? About $15.
     
  • I grew up believing that if I didn't wait an hour after eating before swimming, I might cramp up and drown. My track coach told me a steak was the best meal I could have before a race. Those were commonly held beliefs in the 1960s that didn't hold up to scientific study.  
  • At the beginning of this year, the recreation center I belong to started a challenge for members willing to take it up. Using the honor system, participants enter their aerobic mileage in a daily log located at the rec center's front desk. Based on the totals at the end of 2013, members can win prizes. This is supposed to be a challenge for each participant against himself or herself. However, things have gotten a bit personal among the participants atop the mileage leaderboard, and I felt a need to respond to one participant in particular.  
  • Anyone of us who has even a passing interest in masters' competition has developed a love/hate relationship with time. My guess is that even those who claim not to care a wit about competitive running still sneak a peek at the results of the local 5K they just ran to see how they sized up against others in their age group.  
  • I was struggling with Dunlap's Disease: My belly dun laps over my belt. While my Internet surfing chair groaned under the strain, I stumbled across an item in Runner's World that suggested a running streak. The only criteria was one mile per day. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, "Hola, el gordo. Let's go streaking!" 
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