250 USA ultras have today been added to the Beyond Marathon site. Many of these races have multiple distances (i.e 50k, 50M, 100M), so you could argue that’s a lot more. All of the basic details such as a race description, distance, where, when, website link etc, plus an entry for each race in this site’s day-by-day Race Calendar (you can filter by Country now too). Photos, route maps and other fine details (results, temperatures etc) will get added for each race as we get the details from the Race Directors.
Researching your next race from that lot should keep you busy for a while. The rest of the World’s ultras will follow over the coming weeks – sooner that you think!
We’ve had some technical fabric (moisture-wicking) T-shirts made up to help promote the website. We chose these, rather than some inexpensive cotton promo T-shirts because I personally have a drawer full of “Finisher” T-shirts from races than never get worn, because they are too heavy and don’t wick away the moisture, leaving me looking a nasty sweating mess a few miles into a run! These Beyond Marathon T-Shirts you’ll actually want to wear as they are cool and comfortable. We’ve also gone for a small logo, so it’s not too obtrusive but enough for a little promotion.
How can you get one? Well, initially this offer is open to the European runners, but we’ll post some out further afield once we have a full set of international races featured. To encourage some additional content onto the website, all you have to do is post a review of any of the ultra events that you have taken part in. Let us know what you thought of the event, the organisation, and your own personal experience that day? If you have any photos then they would be more than welcome too (email them along), as we will attach them to that event’s page.
So, Find the evcnt you want to review and fill in the feedback form underneath it. be sure to include your email address. We’ll then contact you and arrange to post our your free T-Shirt. Easy.
We have still have some mens Small and Medium shirts, and ladies (size 10) T-shirts available.
We have close to 100% of Australian, New Zealand, and UK ultra events on the website, all fully featured, and many with photos, and downloadable route maps. Already featuring are most other major worldwide Ultras.
Next to be added is the USA. We have around 20 major USA ultras already fully featured, but we are in the process of adding around 250 (yes you read that right!) more, so it’s going to take a little time to get them all fully featured (with all of the race statistics).
However, to make the website immediately useful to USA ultra runners, we will be adding all of the current known 2011 USA ultras onto the site at once. Most importantly all of the ultra events will show up on the Google Map in their location. They will also have the main details, such as a description of the race and the course. Most of the useful stats will be there too – such as Distance, Format, Terrain, Where and When. Also included will be the web link to the organisers website, so you can get more information yourself if needed.
Once that is done, the process of adding the less important detail; the race statistics, difficulty and temperature etc, will take a little longer. We also seeking the permissions from the individual Race Directors to feature some of their photos, and route maps too. Before long there will be very rich content for the USA ultras too.
All of that will be published early next week. We’re holding off on publishing (it’s actually ready to go now) until the “Country” filter has been added to this website’s Race Calendar. The calendar will look very busy will the entire world’s ultras shown, so it’s sensible to have an option to select only one Country at a time. That feature will be thoroughly tested in the next few days. When that’s done, the USA will be published. We are already working on the rest of the World ultras, which will also be published very soon in the coming weeks.
So, expect this map to look very busy in the next few days! Hope you’re finding the site useful. All feedback welcome; via email, or the Facebook page.