The Siskiyou Out ‘n Back 100km

My first big race of 2019 is the Siskiyou Out Back 100km (SOB100km). The SOB100km is a 100-kilometer (62-mile) ultramarathon race through the trails of Southern Oregon, along the Pacific Crest Trail, through the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountain Ranges. This race is the farthest I’ve ever run, and more, it’s the first time I’ve set out to run a race not just with the intention of finishing the race, or of setting a new personal best for a given distance - but, rather, my goal is to compete with the elite athletes on the course.

To be clear, I don’t have the conventional background of someone who tries to compete with elite athletes at the ultramarathon distance. I didn’t run competitively in college. I’m not a sponsored athlete. I work in finance. I take a perverse amount of satisfaction from writing a good formula in Microsoft Excel. And, I love trail running.

Over the past few years, I’ve been drilled with all sorts of questions from my friends and colleagues: from why the heck someone would want to run 50-miles through the mountains, to how many pairs of socks I go through during a normal race, to how I find time to train for ultramarathons while working a “normal” job.

My goal with this series is simple: to answer questions like the ones above, to share my journey with anyone who’s curious about how I got into running ultramarathon-distance trail races, and to provide some simple, practical information that might be helpful to anyone else looking to get more involved in [trail] running.

More to come,

Matt