Steve Durbin: The Conductor of Tunnel Hill

Steve Durbin is the Race Director of Tunnel Hill, arguably one of the fastest courses in the sport, and the scene of multiple record-setting performances, including Camille Herron's 100-mile world record in 2017.

Frozen Gnome 10k & 50k

Hard Prairie spent this past Saturday hanging out at Crystal Lake's Veteran Acres Park for Ornery Mule's Frozen Gnome 10k & 50K.

Beast of the East: A Photo Essay by Jenny Thorsen

Jenny Thorsen is a writer and photographer living in Chicago's western suburbs. Last December, Jenny photographed the Beast of the East 100 in Kings Mountain, NC. The following is a small sample of her stunning work, as well as a peek into her creative process and what she looks for in her work.

John Alcantara: Remember to Breathe

When John Alcantara began to experience feelings of depression and anxiety, he turned to running as a way to cope. What he found was a new path forward.

Running With Kala

In October 2021, Ryan Steiner and his daughter, Kala, completed the Hennepin 50k. Their story is remarkable; their shared journey only just beginning.

Christy Chiappone: The Constant of Rogers Park

Meet Christy Chiappone, founder of the Rogers Park Running Club, one of Chicago's longest-standing and most active community running groups.

Fancy Nonsense 50k: A Race Report

On October 29, Paige Roberts ran CUSS Running's Fancy Nonsense 50k. Find out what is was like for her to compete in and complete her first ultra marathon.

In The Witching Hour

James Solomon is crushing hills while most of us are fast asleep. Here, he gives Hard Prairie the lowdown on his training regime heading into his record-breaking performance at this year’s Cry Me a River.

Me and James

Meet the husband-and-wife team rewriting Illinois’ record books, one ultra at a time.

Ally Gregory: The Eternal Humanist

Hard Prairie sits down with the founder and Race Director of Chicago’s raddest running community.

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