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Ras Vaughan: The Ultra Pedestrian

Ras Vaughan Thinks of an Impossible Challenge, and Then He Does It!


Ras Vaughan is a self-described “backpacker turned into a back of the packer.”

Ras Vaughan: The Ultra Pedestrian

Ras Vaughan: The Ultra Pedestrian
?: Gavin Woody

You know how I’m still struggling to understand those ultra distance people?

Ras takes my lack of understanding to another level as someone who really enjoys 200 mile races.

Yes, 200 miles.

But more accurately, he especially enjoys non-standard distances and unsupported races.

Race Culture vs. Trail Culture

A lot of runners, including your truly, are at least somewhat focused on speed with faster always being better.

On the trails, however, there isn’t as much of a focus on speed as their is on the roads.

Ras is the trail culture personified, and is much less concerned with going fast as he is with being able to finishing the events he starts ON FOOT. Read more

Ras Vaughan is the epitome of an ultrapedestrian!

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.

Enjoy.

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.  Read more

Ras Vaughan Is Always Looking for a New Challenge


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.  Read more