Monthly Archives: February 2011

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250 USA ultra marathons added!

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!

Click here for a quick link to USA map.


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Get a FREE Beyond Marathon technical running T-shirt!

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.


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All USA ultras soon to be added

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.


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In 2018, a race where you start anywhere you like, as long as you reach the finish within 24 hours. ...

Convergence - Summer

June 9, 2018, 12:00pm - June 10, 2018, 6:00am

It’s game time. In this game, you will gamble on your own fitness and ability. You know where the finish line is, but you are not following a fixed course; you “make” your own course. You tell no one else where you intend to start from. That way you are blind-betting against everyone as to from how far away you will start, and thus, how high you will eventually rank. Those who travel the furthest, rank highest. However, if you don’t reach the finish line you don’t get a medal, so gamble wisely…. The premise is simple. You can start from anywhere you want, at midday. You then have 24 hours to ‘converge’ on the central finish line in order to claim your award. You make your own route. You can start any distance from the finish line, but the further away you start, the better your award (should you make it to the finish). All distances are measured “as the crow flies” from the finish. For all those challenging this is where it gets even more interesting. The people who rank highest are those who travel from the furthest away. You are under no obligation to tell anyone where you are starting, so you are all blind-betting against each other! You won’t know where anyone starts from until the GPS tracking link goes live at midday. Even then, will those who started far away make the finish line on time? Of course if you start 100 miles away and miss the finish line cut-off, then you don’t get a medal. Oh, the cruelty. The Crow will be watching all of those Converging, using the miracle of Race Drone event tracking technology. The Crow will judge how far the shadows have run, and reward them with the right medal on the line. If you travel from 30 miles away or fewer, we’ll email you a certificate only. Venture from further away (30 to 60 miles) and claim a Silver Convergence, 60 to 90 miles and you’ll take Gold. If you come from 90 miles or more away (As the crow flies), then you’ll claim the Black Convergence medal. There is a little more to tell you. You can Converge only on foot. The Crow knows how fast you travel You can Converge solo for 24 hours, either female or male If you are scared of the dark, you can converge for 24 hours as a pair You will be given no advice on where to run, or hide You make your own route. Use any means you wish to wayfind You obviously can’t use private land or anything illegal (motorways etc). Your route choice is your own choice and risk. We recommend strongly that you stay off A-roads, or roads that have no pavement There are no checkpoints. Use your wit and guile to feed yourself. Call for your mother if you must The World will keep an eye on you from afar using tracking technology Have more questions? The wise old bird has the answers Feel ready to take your first steps into a darker world? Register Here

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