ANTON KRUPICKA

The classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles doesn’t seem to be enough for many runners these days. Now it’s all about the ultra, with 50 miles, then 100 miles topping the bill for many off-road enthusiasts who want to challenge themselves like never before. Or perhaps just have an excuse to eat more cake… 

In a bid to find out how you can push your body to hit such high miles, Trail Running went to the Lake District’s famous Kendal Mountain Festival last year to catch up with one of the US’s greatest 100-mile runners, Anton Krupicka. Hailing from Nebraska, Anton became serious about running at a young age, completing Iowa’s Okoboji Marathon in 3hr 30min at only 12 years old. After graduating he decided to see what he was capable of, signing up for the notorious Leadville 100-miler. He won, with the second fastest time ever. The following year he won it again, then proceeded to dominate countless other 50- and 100-mile races, including the Miwok, Rocky Raccoon, Collegiate Peaks, White River and High Mountain. So it’s safe to say that Anton knows a thing or two about training for high mileage. Click here for top tips on hitting 100 miles. 

Picture courtesy of  La Sportiva by Steve Ashworth

Picture courtesy of  La Sportiva by Steve Ashworth