garden variety BQ hobby jogger wrote:
I wonder why most famous trail races are ultras. It seems to me that since trail running is generally slower than road running, trail races should be shorter than road races. The opposite seems to be the case.
For me personally, as a complete amateur who started running after college, I just don't see the point in running an ultra. The marathon is about the maximum distance I'd like to race. It's already beating me up quite a bit, so I wouldn't want to run any longer. Also, in terms of watching an event on TV, I wouldn't want to watch an event that's longer than a marathon.
A part of it is probably that trails are spaced out more than roads, so you are limited in your route choices, and sometimes going longer makes more sense. Plus, if you're out there to go play in the woods, why do 7 miles when you can do 37? You can get to places you wouldn't normally see.