Tarawera Ultramarathon

Photo by http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz
Photo by http://www.taraweraultra.co.nz

While this weekend will take us to Washington, D.C. for a half marathon, another race is taking place this Saturday: The Tarawera Ultra Marathon, in New Zealand which has 100k, 85k and 60k courses. ¬†Competing this year will be one of the strongest fields of ultrarunners. The good folks over at I Run Far will be livecasting the race and have excellent summaries on the men’s and women’s fields. You can also follow them on Twitter.

I don’t follow that much ultra-running, but one of my favorite athletes, and one I find most inspirational, is Timmy Olson. Olson will be running the 100k and crushed the ultra-endurance mega-race Western States this past year. I tweeted at Tim on Twitter and he’s always responded, and his playlist for the Western States — posted on his blog Sole to Soul Rhythm¬†with some incredible race photos– is now a staple in my own trail running. I’ll be rooting for Tim on Saturday. Happy trails to all!

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