Yes, it was a great chat! Glad Wejo and Rojo are open to discuss (discus? ) this kind of "distance running" One thing that we didn't have time for was to talk about the whole "most beautiful ultras/courses"... They say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and I realize some people like the oceans/forest better than the high alpine mountains....some people like the deserts...some people even might like road/track surface ultras... there are ultras all over the world in all these kinds of places! The other big thing with ultras is why races become "bucket list"....does the scarcity of gaining a lottery entry create value? Does the history of a race create value? What about relative competition, prize money, and finisher density (i.e of the top 10 etc)?
It's time for LetsRun.com to really try and figure out the ultra marathon world. Over the next 5 weeks HOKA ONE ONE is going to be sponsoring our investigation of the ultra scene.
At the end of it, we want to try and answer the question of "What are the best ultras in the world?".
Now we at LetsRun.com admittedly don't know much about ultra marathoning (but know a ton about distance running), and that's where we want to get all of you involved. HOKA realizes the lifeblood of LetsRun is its forums and its knowledgeable visitors, so thankfully they gave us no guidelines. We get to do what we want, but to show our gratitude we're going to give a HOKA prize pack (the shoe of your choice from HOKA website) to the 10 of you who are the most helpful.
So how should we even frame this debate? How can you compare running 50km on a track to 100 miles in the mountains? What are your personal favorite ultras?
We've got more at the link below but at the end of this we want to be able to try and answer some of the questions below:
*What are the most prestigious/most competitive ultramarathons in the world to win?
*What is your favorite ultra? What is the most beautiful ultra? Is there a bucket list of ultras that most amateurs should aspire to run?
*Who is the GOAT of ultra running?
*What are the hardest course/world records to break in ultra running?
More details on our exploration of the Ultra scene below:https://www.letsrun.com/news/2019/04/what-are-the-best-ultra-marathons-in-the-world/
Start posting away.