28 Apr '17, 10am
Ultrarunning And The American Frontier Spirit
In 21st century American society, the frontier spirit persists. However, without clear goals and often through divisive means, that spirit can be less unifying than in years past. But for those of us who run long distances, those of us who carry that frontier spirit out with us each time we run, the lessons of those early European settlers can be made plain and that spirit can be a great unifier. Whether you’re an elite runner seeking triumph or a back-of-the-packer seeking completion, ultrarunning has something for you. Something that other life pursuits simply do not have. Something that kindles in us that quintessential human drive for something over that next ridge, however difficult it may be to get there. And that, in the end, makes it all worthwhile.