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TransRockies_Stage 4

“So You Want To Do An Ultra…”: Tips & Tricks to Tackling Longer Races

As marathons have gained in popularity, so has the hankering among endurance athletes to complete longer, more extreme races. You’ve finished 26.2 a handful of times… so what’s next?

Join a panel of local experts – including Ramon Bermo, Stephen England and Mary Arnold – on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m., for a conversation on the essential skills for ultra and trail running. This discussion will be at Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304 – door code is 2711).

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Ramon Bermo is an endurance sport coach who started running ultras 14 years ago. As a runner for 39 years, moving to ultra/trail running was just the logical next step to his long athletic career. Since then, Ramon has done 15 ultras from 50k to 100 miles. Next up: Tahoe 200 in September to celebrate his 50th birthday! Ramon enjoys the mix of challenge, beauty and solitude that trail running allows him to experience; “While the races are fun, it is the training that I enjoy most.”

Stephen England is an elite runner with Team Novo Nordisk who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14. He grew up in London and has since been living in New York for the past 11 years. He has run over 30 ultramarathons. His main accomplishments include his first 100-mile race at Leadville, CO; the Western States 100 in sub-24; UTMB and Tahoe 200. The 2017 calendar includes a return to Western States and his first-ever stage race in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Stephen’s motto in life is, “I run diabetes, diabetes does not run me.” Read more on Stephen’s story at rundiabetes.com. [He’s also got sponsors! Brooks, Honey Stinger, Nuun & Tailwind Nutrition]

Fifteen years ago, Mary Arnold took up running with a 10k. She wasn’t exactly sure how far a “k” was but she felt overly confident that she could do ten of them. At the finish, they gave a nice t-shirt and a beer, and she was hooked. Along the way, Mary has completed 64 races of a marathon distance or longer, including six 100-mile races.