Author: Kate Dzienis

Millum conquers gruelling Feral Pig

Contributed by Jen Millum, 1st Female at Feral Pig Ultra (WA), 100 Mile As I think back to the November 3 Feral Pig Ultra race (100 Miler), a sneaky tear pops out of my eye, because I’m hugely emotional and still physically drained even after almost one month. The morning started with me losing my bib and race director Shaun Kaesler telling me to get off the bus and go find it! Once all was organised and I’d found my bib, we kicked off the race at midnight, but it wasn’t long before I took a wrong turn at...

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Rhabdomyolysis – A Big Word With An Ugly Meaning for Ultra Runners

By Elizabeth Bennett Rhabdomyolysis is a serious medical condition in which muscle breakdown occurs either as a result of direct injury to the muscle(s) or from strenuous over exertion of the muscle(s) in extreme circumstances. In the case of ultra running, it is the latter cause that is most likely to result in rhabdomyolysis, although extreme downhill running may increase the risk of direct muscle injury being a causal factor. Rhabdomyolysis muscle breakdown involves the contents of skeletal muscle – in particular creatine kinase (CK) and myoglobin – entering the body’s bloodstream and having a toxic effect leading to...

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Setting (or breaking) the record straight

By Kate Dzienis We all love long distance, and we all love the challenge of beating our personal bests. It’s why we’re ultra runners; it’s why we are always trying to better ourselves for mental, emotional, and physical growth. Perhaps even spiritual. And let’s face it, no matter how fast or how slow we are, aren’t we always in awe of those who stand on the podium with their official placings? Those who place with a first, second or third position rightfully earn those spots. Their consistency, their dedication, their commitment to the sport is first and foremost commendable...

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Weekly News Brief – 5/12/2018

Wellington Forest Ultra 45k, WA 2018 IAU 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships, Chinese Taipei Decently warm conditions played to a number of runners’ advantages at Sunday’s Wellington Forest Trail Ultra 45k race. Held at Wellington Dam National Park in Worsley, WA the event was the second out of four Forest Series WA races in the region, and we had amazing results within the AURA circle. Rob Freitag from Wembley took control of the distance from the get-go, and claimed 1st Male in a nimble time of 4:24:21. No holding him back, Alfred Cove’s Shane Holstein also finished on the...

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Get to know your 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships Team – Sharon Scholz

From an early childhood, Sharon Scholz had an interest in sport. She rode horses and competed in dressage and one-day events following in her parents’ footsteps in the horse industry. Scholz also went on to play netball in early high school and occasionally competed in social netball and volleyball competitions throughout her late teens and early 20s. But it wasn’t until 2006 that Scholz, along with husband Justin, decided to change her lifestyle to reduce stress and improve fitness, health and overall well-being, so in 2007 the couple each took their first steps as runners and they haven’t looked...

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