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.
Eric Schranz – Host, Editor-in-Chief, Webmaster.
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 love them all.
If you’ve got a question about advertising, reviews, bookings, promotions, or other media inquiries, shoot me an email.
Sarah Lavender Smith, 46, has finished more than 50 marathons and ultras. Her proudest accomplishment is twice finishing the Grand to Grand Ultra 165 mile self-supported stage race, and achieving a 3:05 marathon PR at Napa in 2009.
Sarah is a contributing editor at Trail Runner Magazine and blogs about her twin passions of trail running and travel on her website. She’s the mom of two teenagers, chairs the Development Committee for the Thacher School Board of Trustees, assists her husband with marketing his business and tries to take care of her energetic dog and century-old house the best she can.
Ethan Veneklasen – Co-host
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).
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 Salomon and Ultimate Direction and is the principal at He(a)rd Sports Management.
Ben Zuehlsdorf – Gear Editor
Ben is an avid running gear junkie. When he’s not smelling new shoes, he’s usually running or racing around the local trails in Marin County, California or talking shop with the San Francisco Running Company community of friends. Once a road marathoner, but Ben has transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years.