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Marshall Ulrich: Running on Empty

There’s a unique bunch of runners who get to call themselves “ultramarathoners,” routinely pounding out distances of 50 to 100 miles during any given stint. Among that elite set is another group who can run a marathon called the Badwater Ultra—starting in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level and ending 135 miles later at the Mount Whitney portal.

Marshall Ulrich is in another league altogether, having completed an unaided solo Badwater run in which he finished by pushing past the portal right up to the peak of Mount Whitney at 14,500 feet, with a cumulative elevation gain of an astronomical 19,000 feet. Not to be outdone by his own crazy feats, Ulrich decided in 2008 to run 3,063 miles from coast to coast—San Francisco to New York City—and chronicle the harrowing exploits in his book, Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America. (Jacob Stringer)

Marshall Ulrich: Running on Empty @ The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, 801-484-9100, Aug. 6, 11 a.m., free.

Date: Aug 6, 2011
Time: 11 am
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 84105
Where: King's English