Creative Writing

Some of our favorite ultra marathon athletes we’ve chatted with or have written for Wicked Trail. These are their stories, goals, and struggles.

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  • My Dirty Hat

    My Dirty Hat - Ultra Trail Trucker Hat

    “I thought about buying a new hat, a fresh and clean one, but it wouldn’t be the same. It’s my hat. It knows my struggles on the trail and my successes. I’ve trained and raced with it. It’s tasted sweat and dirt and lots of stream water on hot days.” It kept the sun out Keep Reading…


  • Gravel

    Gravel: Ultra Marathon Blog Post

    Rugged shoes stand before a yellow gate; it reads: Those who know the song. “What song?” I wonder. I step from the parking lot and pass the yellow gate onto the crushed limestone of a logging trail. The trail is worn and rutted and damp, and it cascades down into some valley. “What song?” Is Keep Reading…


  • Cape Cod 50K: A High Five and a Seashell

    Cape Cod 50K Ultra Race Report

    Written By Michael Moran Cape Cod 50K: A High Five and a Seashell By the time I reached mile 28 of the Cape Cod 50k, I had already gone cosmic. I fell on a root, experienced a full body charlie horse, got up, smiled with deep satisfaction, and held my arms out by my sides Keep Reading…


  • Synthetic Trance

    Ultra marathon runner Erik Hamilton Story blog post

    Written By Erik Hamilton Back in my day —because all good stories begin this way— I was a child of the 80’s. I wanted it all: the loudest guitars, the longest and biggest hair, the fastest car. Too young to have any of this, I was glued to my drum set, Lego bricks, a Gameboy Keep Reading…


  • Creation Trail

    Creation Trail Running Blog Post

    I smell the trees and taste the sun. Have you ever tasted the sun? The hairs on my arms stand at attention as a strange nostalgia envelops me. I haven’t been here before, but its like the ghost of every other explorer who’s helped to pack the dirt of this trail is whispering in my Keep Reading…


  • Barbed Wire

    Barbed Wire | Scott Waldrop

    Written By Scott Waldrop Scott has completed numerous ultra marathon distance races (including a Badwater 135 finish and an Arrowhead 135 attempt) and is a father, husband, writer, and guitarist. He placed first in the 2018 Charleston 100, 2 weeks after winning the crewed division of the Tarheel 378-miler. His story has been featured in Keep Reading…


  • Grounded By Home Trails

    Ultra Marathon Blog | Grounded By Home Trails

    Written By Michael Moran I’m not lost. I’m grinding to the top of a pine-lined logging road, only 2 miles from the trail head and I know exactly where I am. I’m not a thousand miles away, reading an upside down topo map tea stained with sweat, wondering if I have enough water for for Keep Reading…


  • “UltraRunners Are Crazy.” Or Maybe You Are…

    UltraRunners Are Crazy blog post

    “UltraRunners are crazy.” He peers through the trees. “I don’t see them.” “They’re out there, I saw them!” “Wait. Yes! I see them, too! Up that ridge; there! They’re climbing the mountain, into the trees…” Wiping the condensation from his glasses and adjusting his umbrella, the man climbs back into his sedan. All around him, Keep Reading…


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