28 Jul '13, 3am

Thoughts on the Growth of Ultrarunning, Media Exposure, and the American Dream By @ajoneswilkins

Thanks for posting such excellent and thought provoking column, Andy. I’d like to suggest another contributing factor to the growth in popularity of ultras. In my opinion, the mass-popularization of marathons was both a necessary pre-condition, as well as perhaps the greatest contributing factor, to the explosion of ultrarunning. Once considered the exclusive realm of “serious runners”, marathons have become accessible to the wide range of citizen-athletes. As humans, and especially as highly motivated runners, we have the tendency to do something and then ask, “What next?” Some runners responded to the democratization of the marathon by striving to get faster, others by running more races in more exotic locations and others still have sought new challenges in ultra-distance events. I agree with your premise that the marketing of ultra celebrities like Scott, Dean, Anton a...

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