Thursday, February 28, 2008

ESPN on Ultrarunning

I'm always intrigued in how the mainstream media portrays the sport of ultrarunning and ultrarunners and what motivates them.

ESPN did a good article recently, which had this telling quote by Scott Jurek: "Nature reminds us that there's a greater force out there, and you have to respect that. It makes you feel pretty small." He means that in a good way. An ultrarunner would get it right away. It's not like you'd hear Barry Bonds or Shaquille O'Neal say such a thing about their sports.
What I didn't like about the article was the title: "Are these runners ultra-tough ... or ultra-crazy?" I meet less crazy people at ultras than almost anywhere else in life.

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