Simon Copeland: The Potawatomi Kid

In April, 12-year-old Simon Copeland paced his mother, Naomi, at the Potawatomi Trail Races. In this interview, Simon talks about the course, his favorite aid station snacks, and whether he intends to return.

Stepping Up to the Bar

Last month, James Solomon established a new 150-mile record at the Potawatomi Trail Runs, topping the mark David Goggins held since 2008. Morgan Mader shares James' incredible record-breaking journey here, highlighting the dedication and drive that has propelled James into a class all his own.

Waiting on Minnows

Michael Li generously served as my crew chief for last month's Potawatomi 100. Without his guidance, I likely wouldn't have finished. This is my 'thank you' to him.

Did U Love Today?

'Did U Love Today?' is a short video about taking time to slow down and explore. You may find yourself asking some interesting questions.

Kirk Cherep of Trailblazer Running Company

Kirk Cherep is the owner of Trailblazer Running Company, event host to a growing number of awesome trail races in northwest Indiana.

I am Dinosaur Man

Over the next month, Hard Prairie will be publishing a series of reflections from 2023's Potawatomi Trail Races. The following is the first installment in this series.

Miles to Go

Miles to Go is a short documentary about Paige Roberts—a busy mother of four young boys—who, in 2022, set her sights on completing her first ultra-marathon, the Fancy Nonsense 50k.

The Fall

In 2022, Morgan Mader helped pace her husband, James Solomon, to victory at the Potawatomi 150. Morgan recounts that experience here, illuminating the unwavering power of community, determination, and love that propelled James to triumph.

Expedition Ultra

In 2013, Shan Riggs ran the full length of Illinois—410 miles in a week. Last year, he became the first runner to complete the 3,000-mile East Coast Parkway. Reflecting on his running journey, Shan shares what motivated his many ambitious runs and reveals his next epic adventure.

Zach Bitter: The World Beater

In 2018, Zach Bitter set the world record for a 100-mile off-road course at the Tunnel Hill 100 in southern Illinois. He reflects on his record-setting performance, and more, in this exclusive interview with Hard Prairie.
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