URP was created in early-2011 for and by people who are passionate about mountain/ultra/trail running. Whether you’re just starting your journey past 26.2 or you’re a dirty veteran, we’ve got fun and info to share.
Reaching your running potential requires access to sport specific information. URP episodes feature elite runners, veterans, wacky characters, and a variety of qualified experts to discuss everything necessary to be successful on the trails. Each episode is about an hour long–perfect for listening to on a mid week run or commute.
Mix in a bunch of gear reviews, beer talk and commentary, and you’ve got a pretty good understanding of our interests.
The goal with URP is to help ferry our sport into its next chapter. Races are getting bigger, purses are getting larger, runners are starting younger, and it’s in all of our interest to pay attention to this transition. Now, go out and run.
Whether it’s training, racing, or even just talking about running, I’m a happy guy. I run everything from beer miles to road 5ks to 100 milers in the mountains, and am currently tempting the ultra gods by having
no one ultra DNF(s) to my name.
I’ve been running for about 30 years and plan on making a good go at the next three decades as well.
If you’ve got an interesting story or would like us try your wares, shoot me an email.
Sarah Lavender Smith
Bio coming soon
Ethan started running in 2002. Since then, he has run more than 50 ultras and 4 road marathons throughout the United States and Canada. He ran his first ultra, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50, a mere ten weeks after he started running (an approach that he does not recommend).
In 2004, Ethan founded the Vasque Ultrarunning Team and built a strong team of elite and sub-elite runners that epitomized old school.
After several years away from the ultra scene, Ethan came back to the sport in 2013, with a 23 minute 50K PR at the Skyline 50K and a strong 7th place finish at the Headlands 50 Miler. This year, he has notched a top 25 finish at the American River 50 and a 3rd place at the Mokelumne River 50K.
Ethan is married to 4-time Western States 100 runner up, Emma Winfield (formerly Davies) and lives in Pleasant Hill, California along with his two pugs (George and Molly), golden retriever (Snoop Dawg) and a vaguely irritating cat (Frisk). He is proud to be an athlete ambassador for Hoka One One and Ultimate Direction.