As mentioned on the Ultra list, there was a great article in USA Today on ultra running. The article is focused around this past weekend’s Massanutten race, however it has some pretty good information about ultra running in general.
Included is a mention about winner, Matthew Estes, and his troubles at the H.U.R.T. 100 in January of this year:
"At 10 p.m., word comes back to the finish-line headquarters that Matthew Estes, a 31-year-old mountain biker from Ellington, Conn., who has never finished a 100-mile running race, is more than an hour ahead of his closest rival.
There’s some elation, but Duobinis cautions that Estes had been ahead in a previous Hawaii 100-miler only to blow up and drop out of that race.
But Estes, who is running with a sheet of paper containing the winning split times from last year’s race pinned to his T-shirt, doesn’t falter, hitting the finish line in 18 hours, 12 minutes, 59 seconds."
There is also a link to some pictures of the race on a sidebar. Here’s the link to the article.