Ras Vaughan is THE Ultrapedestrian (Best Of)

I wasn’t planning on doing another “Best Of” Episode this year, but Kathy and Ras Vaughan just finished another epic adventure yesterday, and I wanted to honor their FKT of an Arizona Trail Yo-Yo by re-releasing this chat I had with Ras earlier this year.


And Ras and Kathy–Congrats! You two are awesome!

In the world of ultramarathoning, there are those that run/race hard and there are those that simply embrace the challenge.

And then there is Ras Vaughan.

Ras Vaughan is the epitome of an ultrapedestrian!

Ras Vaughan, Photo by Kathy Vaughan

Ultrapedestrian Ras is a pioneer in the ultra/backpacking/thru-hiking world. He is the holder of many OKTs, or only known times, and is always looking for new ways to do run/hike a trail/distance/event that has never been done before.

Ras has completed a number of epic events, some official events and some that were organized on his own, and he continues to look for ways to do the unthinkable. We talked about some of his past achievements, future plans, and how it all got started on today’s episode. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:

  • Seeing Fastest Known Time marks for his beloved Wonderland Trail sparked his creativity, and the Double Wonderland (and his 1st OKT) was born
  • Top 10 finish in his first 200 mile race
  • The logistics of running a 24 hour+ race
  • Where the fascination of where the human limit of endurance exists
  • Is a continental yo-yo in the future?
  • Lots of possibilities for FKTs and OKTs

If you’d like to follow along with Ras and Kathy on their exploits and adventures this year, head to the Ultrapedestrian website. I can pretty much assure you that you’ll be amazed at what this couple does on a regular basis!

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