For those who use Twitter to get their ultramarathon and trail news, you’re likely familiar with SteeltownRunner. He adds to conversations with civil, salient, and smart commentary about some of the obscure races, records, and athletes from our sport.
Behind the online moniker is Paul, a guy originally from Pennsylvania who now lives in New York City, and has become obsessed–in the true student of the sport sense–with ultramarathons from past and present. In this interview, we also discuss the future: Who are the true elites of today, where are they racing, and what kind of mark are they leaving on the sport.
This is a different type of URP episode. Rather than digging into the guests’ own running, we talk primarily about Jim Walmsley, Camille Herron, Courtney Dauwalter, and a few other elite runners, as well as notable races from around the world. In short: We geek out about the top runners and put them in context.
Follow Paul on the Twitter here.
Want to hear the URP interview with the people we discussed?
- Here’s the interview with Courtney Dauwalter where she discussed finishing Run Rabbit Run after losing her vision at mile 88.
- Here’s Camille’s first podcast interview that we recorded as she’s first getting into trail scene five years ago.
- Here’s the URP interview with Jim Walmsley where he first opens up about the pivotal few years in the military that helped shape who he is today.
- And here’s the interview with Jim where he first dives into road events, half marathons, and more.
That list of ultramarathon longevity Paul was talking about? Here it is. Set some time aside to really dig into it.
Pretty good piece on Pedestrianims from the early part of the last century.
Paul’s favorite soprano slash runner, Lisette Oropesa performs an aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Intro music used with permission from David Rosales
Outro music used with permission from AJ LeGrand