Run an Ultra: 10 Amazing Trail Races + Advice From Finishers

Want to run an ultra?

You know...give the 26.2-mile marathon a little wave as you keep right on going.

If you think you’re up for the challenge to run an ultra, what race are you going to run? (This is a good place to start...)

With the 2021 ultra-season winding down in a lot of places, now is a great time to take a look at your calendar and sign up for a race in 2022.

Why? Ultramarathon running is a rapidly-growing sport. And it’s not uncommon for popular races to sell out...months before runners step up to the starting line.

👉 Are you making plans to run an ultra in 2022?

Runners always want to know the give-me-the-facts stuff like:

  • Location
  • Course
  • Logistics
  • Weather
  • Aid Station Support
  • Awards
  • Swag
  • Post-Race Party

But there’s at least ONE other big question runners always have before signing up to run an ultra...

What’s it like?

Check out these 10 amazing trail races and find out what it’s like from WeeViews runners to go the distance...

Peterson Ridge Rumble: April 10, 2022.

1. Peterson Ridge Rumble

Tillamook Burn: April 23, 2022

2. Tillamook Burn

Virginia 24-Hour Ultra Run & Relay: April 2022

3. Virginia 24-Hour Ultra Run & Relay

Two-Hearted Trail Run: June 2022

4. Two-Hearted Trail Run

Laurel Highlands Ultra: June 2022

5. Laurel Highlands Ultra

Silver Rush 50: July 9, 2022

6. Silver Rush 50

Leadville Trail 100: Aug. 20, 2022

7. Leadville Trail 100

Cook Forest Trail Challenge: August 2022

8. Cook Forest Trail Challenge

  • Date: August 2022
  • Location: Pennsylvania
  • Website:
  • What's it like?: Got plans to run an ultra? Not sure what to expect? Runner Brynn Cunningham shed some light on something runners new to ultrarunning sometimes overlook when she ran the Cook Forest Trail Challenge. If you're planning to run an ultra, there's always the possibility for a DNF, no matter how well you train.
  • Cook Forest Crush: When a Race Doesn't Go as Planned…
Mountain Lakes 100: Sept. 24-25, 2022

9. Mountain Lakes 100

Buckeye Ultra 200-Mile Road Race: Sept. 29, 2022

10. Buckeye Ultra 200-Mile Road Race

What's your favorite ultramarathon or trail race? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Evan Jensen
SANDY, Oregon

I help RUNNERS reduce injuries, fix running form, run longer & faster by strength training without running ragged. I'm a NASM-certified personal trainer, and hold the record for the most finishes at the Mountain Lakes 100-Mile Ultra in Oregon.


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