Can an Observant Jewish Runner Run an Ultra?

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While occupying exceptionally different niche spaces, observant Jewish life and long-distance running, both with a tendency towards having an “ultra” prefix, have undeniable parallels. High intensity, fervent dedication, full immersion around the clock and seemingly absurd rules (think: no painkillers at UTMB and packing mandatory thermal layers on an 85-degree race day). But is it possible for these two worlds to collide? What would it look like to run a 100-mile ultra trail race as an observant Jewish runner?

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Sam Herreid
Sam Herreid
glaciologist, runner, musician, writer

My research interests include rock debris on glaciers, advancing regional to global scale glacier modeling and restructuring the financing of climate science.