Charlottesville Ultrarunners | the ultimate endurance sport

I recently met and photographed three Ultrarunners from Charlottesville for a recent story in C-Ville Weekly. These athletes amazed me with what they do…run….and run a long time. Like 100 miles at a time! I have a hard enough time running two miles, enough said.  These runners are definition of tough and the epitome of physical fitness.  You can read Laura Ingle’s story in the C-Ville Weekly here.

Ultra distance runners in Virginia

Charlottesville Ultra Distance runners

Andy Jones-Wilkins runs on all sorts of terrain. The trails near Carter’s Mountain offers one of his favorite locations around Charlottesville to train.

Virginia Ultra Distance runnersCarter's Mountain Overlook

Neal Gorman preparing drop bags to be placed at stations for an upcoming race. Nutrition is very important during these long races so he calculates how many calories he will burn between stations and fills bags with energy bars to replenish his body.

runner's closet full of shoes

Neal Gorman distance runner

Neal posing with his lucky shorts that have been retired and his belt buckle awards while completing the coveted Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. Only a small number of people complete this accomplishment in one calendar year.

Neal Gorman belt buckle

Sophie Speidel trans regularly on the trails at Observatory Hill.

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