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Trail Running – Ironman On A Budget

Ironman Registration: $500+

50 mile Ultrarunning Trail Run Registration: $60-$100 typically

If the Ironman event interests you but it doesn’t quite fit in the budget, you may want to give ultrarunning/trail running a try. I have completed both Ironman and 50 mile trail running events and they offer many similarities.

  • finish times of 8-16 hours
  • challenging
  • scenic locations
  • a personal journey
  • great people
  • great support
  • a lot of fun

Of course with trail running you won’t get to swim but you may have to wade across some streams/rivers. The bike, well, leave it at home or save it for after the race when walking just plain hurts.

If Ironman really interests you, save your pennies and go for it! I am still a big groupie of the sport.

If you would like to see if there are any trail running events in your area, you can check out some of these calendars. Unfortunately there isn’t one main source (that I have found) for all of the running events.

You can also search online for some trail running clubs in your area. They seem to have the best local/regional information.

Also, Running Through The Wall contains many interesting ultra/trail running race reports which can provide a glimpse inside the wacky sport.

Have you found any good sources that have a fairly complete listing of national and international ultra/trail running events?

For those that have done both an Ironman and a 50 miler, how would you compare?

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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