28 Aug '15, 1am

Ben Stern Hoping His Hard Work Pays Off At Headlands 50K

Ben Stern Hoping His Hard Work Pays Off At Headlands 50K

Covered in dirt and sweating from head to toe, Ben Stern smiles and takes a long swig of water to hydrate his depleted body as the Northern California sun intensifies on the open fields around him. This is a familiar scene for the 24-year-old ultrarunner, who works five days a week at Little River Farm, an organic salad farm where he does “a little bit of everything” from digging up soil to planting, harvesting, washing, packing and delivering greens to local vendors. “It’s some hard manual labor but I just really enjoy being active,” says Stern, who began working full-time at the farm last October. “And I’m outside almost 100 percent of the time, which is hard to beat.” On Saturday, the Arcata resident will try hard to beat some of the best trail runners in the country when he lines up for the fifth ultra-distance race of his young post-collegiate career at the Tamalpa He...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2015/08/trail-running/ben-s...

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