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EB45: From Golfer to Ultrarunner – White Rock Classic 50k and the Western States 100 Moment – A Chat with David Newman


“…I am not out there looking at splits…just out there enjoying nature and running…and having fun with people. That is what it is all about.” – David Newman

David Newman of Arkansas was a 20 year golfer that had to change his active life fix due to painful back issues. While driving, he observed someone running and said, “I can do that!”



So began David’s tread journey including the roads, trails, ultra running, and the upcoming Western States 100.

I had the honor to chat with David after recently completing the White Rock Classic 50k in 6:21, which took place up near Cass, Arkansas. Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and useful goodies for you:

  • David’s transition from golfer to ultra runner
  • that tough first road marathon
  • “10 yards at a time, looking for air” – the trails at Hobbs State Park and that first 50k adventure
  • why trails?
  • training and prep for Western States 100
  • the golden ticket moment
  • favorite and inspiring reads
  • memories from the White Rock Classic 50k

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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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