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Alex Potter is a journalist based in Sana'a, Yemen.

Japan’s Miho Nakata sets new women’s world record and Aleksandr Sorokin repeats as men’s winner at the 2023 IAU 24-Hour World Championships

17 Jun 2024  |  www.irunfar.com
Japan’s Miho Nakata sets a new women’s world record, and Lithuania’s Aleksandr Sorokin repeats as the men’s winner at the 2023 IAU 24-Hour World Championships. Sorokin also set a new 100-kilometer world record on May 14, 2023, and previously set a 24-hour world record in September 2022 in Verona, Italy. The article includes interviews with Sorokin about his various world record achievements and aspirations.

What have we learned from the East African drought?

16 Jun 2024  |  BRACED
Explores the importance of camels and camel milk in drought-ridden regions, emphasizing the under-reported medicinal and vital health benefits of camel milk. Highlights the disparity in disaster insurance coverage between poorer and richer countries, with less than 5 percent of disaster losses covered in poorer countries compared to 50 percent in rich nations.

Why People Are So Mad About Stanford’s New Alcohol Policy

04 Apr 2024  |  refinery29.com
Stanford University has banned hard liquor at on-campus parties and limited bottle sizes in undergraduate housing as part of a new alcohol policy. Critics argue the policy is an inadequate response to sexual assault, particularly in light of the Brock Turner case, where the convicted former athlete blamed the university's party culture for his actions. Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber believes the policy is a reaction to the case, while university spokesperson Lisa Ann Lapin asserts the policy was not connected to the case and had been in development for some time.

The Best Gifts for the Trail Runner in Your Life

08 Nov 2023  |  www.irunfar.com
The article provides a curated list of 14 recommended gifts for trail runners, ranging from $35 to $699. It includes detailed reviews of various trail running shoes, hydration packs, GPS watches, massage tools, foam rollers, and earbuds. Each product is praised for its functionality, practicality, and suitability for trail running. The recommendations are based on thorough testing by iRunFar staff and testers, ensuring that each item is worth the investment.

Forever Grateful: A Profile of Emily Hawgood

01 Oct 2023  |  www.irunfar.com
Emily Hawgood, an ultrarunner from Beatrice, Zimbabwe, has made significant strides in the sport, highlighted by her top-10 finishes at the Western States 100 and UTMB in 2021. Growing up on a farm and participating in various sports barefoot, Emily's resilience and gratitude were shaped by her upbringing. After moving to the U.S. for college, she delved into triathlons and trail running, eventually excelling in ultra-distance races. With a master's degree in High Altitude Exercise Physiology, Emily now coaches athletes while continuing to compete and push her limits in the sport.

New Balance NB Fuel Bra Review

04 Aug 2022  |  www.irunfar.com
The New Balance NB Fuel Bra is highlighted as the top choice in iRunFar's guide for the best sports bras for running. It is praised for its support, simple sizing, open-back breathability, and minimal chafing due to its seamless design. The bra is suitable for runners with AA to C cups and features NB DRYx fabric, which is fast-drying and made of environmentally preferred materials. The bra's removable pads, reflective logo, and optimal strap placement are also noted. Testers reported that the bra maintains comfort across a range of temperatures and is easy to remove after sweating.

Runderwear Power Running Bra Review

21 Jul 2022  |  www.irunfar.com
The Runderwear Power Running Bra is highly recommended for larger-busted women seeking support and comfort while running. Priced at $80, it offers a wide range of sizes, padded encapsulation, and customizable features to prevent chafing and back pain. Despite some sizing challenges, the bra's quality and customer service make it a worthwhile investment.

Moving On to New Trails

06 Apr 2022  |  www.irunfar.com
The author announces their departure from iRunFar to pursue a career with the United States Air Force in Alaska. Reflecting on their journey, they recount their experiences in nursing, journalism, and wildland fire, emphasizing their preference for challenging environments. They express gratitude for the supportive trail running community and colleagues at iRunFar and Lola Digital Media. The author looks forward to new adventures in Alaska, inviting the local trail and ultra community to connect.

From Afghanistan to Canada, Celebrating the Freedom to Run With Fatima Ibrahimi

31 Mar 2022  |  irunfar.com
Fatima Ibrahimi, originally from Iran and raised in Afghanistan, has faced societal and dangerous opposition to her passion for running, especially as a woman. Despite these challenges, she competed internationally for Afghanistan's national team and worked with the nonprofit Free to Run to empower young women through sports. Following the Taliban's resurgence in 2021, Fatima was evacuated and eventually settled in Thunder Bay, Canada. Free to Run continues to seek ways to operate in Afghanistan and has programs in Iraq. Fatima remains dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue their dreams and participate in sports without fear.

Adaptive Athletics and Race Directing With Amy Rusiecki

30 Mar 2022  |  irunfar.com
Amy Rusiecki, a trail runner and race director, has been instrumental in promoting adaptive athletics in the trail running and ultrarunning community. She has directed the Vermont 100 Mile, which has a history of including adaptive athletes, and has introduced specific categories for them. Rusiecki's background in engineering and her experience in various endurance sports have contributed to her success in race directing. The article also acknowledges other women race directors like Krissy Moehl, Tia Bodington, Keira Henninger, and Candice Burt, who are making significant contributions to the sport.

Setting Audacious Goals With Magda Boulet

28 Mar 2022  |  www.irunfar.com
Magda Boulet, a prominent figure in women's trail running and ultrarunning, has achieved significant milestones both as an athlete and as the President of GU Energy Labs. Boulet's journey from an immigrant and professional runner to leading a major sports nutrition company underscores her determination and ability to break barriers. Her story highlights the growing participation of women in trail running and ultrarunning, and the importance of supportive company cultures in fostering success. Boulet's experiences and leadership at GU Energy Labs reflect her commitment to inspiring other female athletes and advancing the sport.

An Interview With Camille Herron After Her 2022 100-Mile World Record

22 Feb 2022  |  www.irunfar.com
Camille Herron set a new women's 100-mile world record at the 2022 Jackpot Ultrarunning Festival in Henderson, Nevada, completing the distance in 12 hours, 41 minutes, and 11 seconds. Despite USA Track & Field not ratifying the record due to a course deviation, Herron's achievement marks a significant milestone in her career as a masters athlete. The interview covers her recent health struggles, her transition to Hoka as a sponsor, and her strategies and experiences during the race. Herron reflects on her evolution as an athlete, her training adjustments, and her future aspirations, including competing in the Western States 100 again.

Trailhead Vehicles: Jim, Jess, and Casper the 4Runner

22 Dec 2021  |  www.irunfar.com
Jim Walmsley and Jessica Brazeau, both accomplished trail runners, use a 1998 Toyota 4Runner named Casper for their high-altitude training and adventures. The vehicle, heavily modified for off-road and camping capabilities, serves as their mobile home and adventure rig. Jim, known for his ultrarunning achievements, and Jessica, also a successful trail runner, have customized Casper to handle rugged terrains and provide comfort during extended trips. The article details the vehicle's specifications and modifications, highlighting its importance in their outdoor lifestyle.

2021 Desert Solstice Track Invitational Results: American Records Galore

13 Dec 2021  |  irunfar.com
The 2021 Desert Solstice Track Invitational showcased exceptional performances with multiple American records broken. Nick Coury set a new men’s American 24-hour record with 173.01 miles. Camille Herron reset her women’s American 100-mile track record to 13:21:51. Pam Smith established four women’s American age group records in her 100-mile effort. The event, held in Phoenix, Arizona, featured elite runners competing in 24-hour and 100-mile races, with notable achievements including Jacob Jackson's men’s American age group record for 200 kilometers and Marisa Lizak's victory in the women's 24-hour race despite visible pain.

Watch Dylan Bowman “Begin Again” at the 2021 Diagonale des Fous

05 Dec 2021  |  www.irunfar.com
Dylan Bowman and his company Freetrail have released their first full-length film, “Begin Again,” documenting Bowman’s experience at the 2021 Diagonale des Fous, a grueling 100-plus-mile race on Réunion Island. The film, shot by Ryan Thrower, captures Bowman’s journey through the race, highlighting his physical and mental challenges, the support from aid station volunteers, and his camaraderie with fellow runner Mike Aigroz. Despite not meeting his race goals, Bowman reflects on the lessons learned, making the film an inspiring watch for runners of all levels.

2022 Hardrock 100 Lottery Results

04 Dec 2021  |  irunfar.com
The 2022 Hardrock 100 ultramarathon lottery results have been announced, with 119 runners chosen from a pool of 1,916 applicants. The event will start 145 runners, including 18 international rollovers, two returning champions, and six picks by Run Director Dale Garland. The lottery adhered to a new Gender Equity Policy ensuring women's representation on the start line is proportional to their lottery application percentage. Notable entrants include defending champions Sabrina Stanley and François D’Haene, among others. Waitlists were also drawn for potential additional entrants.

Watch “Running Out” With Lucy Bartholomew

02 Nov 2021  |  irunfar.com
Lucy Bartholomew, known for her ultrarunning achievements, is featured in the new film 'Running Out.' Despite challenges such as dehydration and getting lost, she successfully sets the women's supported fastest known time on the 223-kilometer Larapinta Trail, finishing in 2 days, 6 hours, and 23 minutes. The film captures her journey along the trail, which is typically completed over several weeks, with the support of filmmaker Bryan Hynes and photographer Josh Lynnot.

Trailhead Vehicles: Justin Simoni and His Bicycles

27 Oct 2021  |  www.irunfar.com
Justin Simoni, an athlete based in Boulder, Colorado, has embraced a car-free lifestyle since 2016, relying on his two bicycles for transportation and adventure. He uses a Salsa Journeyman for paved and gravel roads and a Surly ECR for more challenging trails. Simoni's passion for outdoor activities, including trail running and bikepacking, has led him to explore various parts of Colorado and beyond. He is currently working on two guidebooks to share his experiences and encourage others to explore the outdoors. Simoni's approach to adventure emphasizes environmental consciousness and the benefits of a car-free lifestyle.

From the Mountains to the Sea: A Profile of Ashley Brasovan

21 Oct 2021  |  irunfar.com
Ashley Brasovan, a competitive trail runner from the U.S., has a unique affinity for both mountains and the sea. Her background in swimming and diving in Florida sparked her interest in environmental issues, leading her to a career in environmental sustainability. Brasovan, who has competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials twice, excels in sub-ultramarathon-distance mountain races, recently placing second at the 2021 Pikes Peak Ascent and the Mount Washington Road Race, and winning the 2021 Speedgoat 50k. Now residing in Golden, Colorado, she works on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategy, finding a connection between her environmental career and trail preservation. After overcoming an eating disorder and stress fractures, Brasovan has become a formidable competitor in the sub-ultra racing world. She plans to race the Moab Trail Marathon and then take a break for skiing, swimming, travel, and her upcoming wedding.

Anton Krupicka Returns to the Leadville 100 Mile

01 Oct 2021  |  www.irunfar.com
Anton Krupicka, after years of battling injuries and exploring other mountain activities, made a notable return to the Leadville 100 Mile race in 2021. Known for his minimalist and shirtless running style, Krupicka first gained fame with a commanding win at the Leadville 100 in 2006. Despite a series of injuries that kept him from competing in ultras since 2015, he finished third in the 2021 race, only six minutes slower than his winning time 15 years ago. The article highlights a video by Billy Yang and La Sportiva that captures Krupicka's journey and evolution.

An Ultra Reunion: 2021 Western States 100 Photo Gallery

27 Jun 2021  |  www.irunfar.com
The 2021 Western States 100 saw runners eager to compete after a COVID-19 hiatus, with extreme heat impacting performances. The race was notable for a historic showing by women, with three finishing in the top 10. Predictions were upended as some favorites underperformed or dropped out, while others exceeded expectations. Jim Walmsley and Beth Pascall emerged victorious, both delivering remarkable performances despite challenging conditions. The event was marked by high emotions and a strong sense of community as participants and spectators celebrated a return to competitive racing.

The Women Battling Wildfires and Breaking Barriers in the American Wilderness

13 Aug 2020  |  nationalgeographic.com
Women are increasingly becoming a significant presence in wildland firefighting, a field historically dominated by men. Initiatives like the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center and the Women in Wildland Fire Bootcamp are fostering leadership and operational confidence among women firefighters. Despite facing challenges such as implicit bias and sexism, women like Hannah Gross and Shawna Legarza have made strides in the profession, with women now comprising over 10% of wildland firefighters. These efforts are not only increasing the number of women in the field but also enhancing team dynamics and broadening perspectives within fire crews.

The Women Battling Wildfires and Breaking Barriers in the American Wilderness

13 Aug 2020  |  nationalgeographic.com
Women are increasingly joining the ranks of wildland firefighters, a field historically dominated by men. Initiatives like the Cedar City Hotshots, National Forest Foundation, and National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center are supporting the growth of women in this sector. Women now make up 12 percent of wildland firefighters, up from 5 percent in the past. They face challenges such as implicit bias and sexism but are making strides in leadership positions. The presence of women is said to bring a different perspective and improve team cohesion in firefighting crews.

The Government Is Constructing a New Generation of ISIS

27 Jul 2018  |  Pacific Standard
The article discusses the plight of children in Mosul, Iraq, who have been deeply affected by ISIS's rule and the subsequent war to liberate the city. It highlights the stories of several children, including Ahmad Shaker, who was trapped and orphaned during the siege, and others like Saqer and Dilshad, who bear psychological scars from their experiences. The piece also touches on the challenges faced by children with family ties to ISIS, who are stigmatized and often lack access to education and social services. The article underscores the concerns of local officials and aid workers about the potential for a new generation of extremism to arise from these traumatized and marginalized youth.

A Rare Look at Yemen’s War, Where Children Starve and Hospitals Are on Life

21 Jun 2018  |  theintercept.com
Three years of war have devastated Sanaa, Yemen, with subtle yet profound changes in daily life. The Saudi-led coalition's blockade and airstrikes have caused severe economic and humanitarian crises, leaving 80% of the population in need of aid. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and malnutrition among children is rampant. The conflict has displaced thousands, forcing many into dire living conditions. Despite the resilience of Yemenis, the war has brought the nation to a breaking point, with basic needs becoming increasingly unattainable.

To rebuild Iraq, invest in its children

15 Feb 2018  |  thegroundtruthproject.org
Mosul, Iraq, symbolizes the future of the country post-ISIS, with its reconstruction being crucial for the millions of displaced children. The city's Old City has been particularly devastated, and while physical reconstruction is underway, there are significant challenges in addressing poverty, employment, and psychosocial issues. The U.S. played a major role in the offensive against ISIS but does not plan to contribute financially to Iraq's rebuilding, focusing instead on Afghanistan. The Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq estimated the cost at over $88 billion. The success of Iraq's next generation depends on the investment in their reconstruction and well-being.

What Does the Future of the Euphrates Spell for the Middle East?

01 Dec 2017  |  smithsonianmag.com
The Euphrates River, once the lifeblood of Mesopotamia, is facing a severe water crisis, with NASA and the World Resources Institute predicting extreme water stress by 2040. The river's decline is linked to dam construction in Turkey and Syria, reduced rainfall, and increased water usage. This crisis has historical and current political implications, as water shortages have contributed to conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. Iraq's dependence on the Euphrates for agriculture, drinking water, and electricity is at risk, with the river's flow reduced and quality diminished. The article explores the river's significance through visits to key Iraqi locations and interviews with experts, officials, and locals, revealing the environmental, economic, and social challenges Iraq faces as the Euphrates deteriorates.

For Afghan Families in Germany, Deportation Looms

08 Dec 2016  |  codastory.com
Afghan families in Germany face the threat of deportation despite the dangers they fled from in Afghanistan. Farida Ashraf and Alia Ghafoori, who escaped violence and threats, are among those seeking asylum. Germany, which initially welcomed refugees, is now considering deportations due to changing political winds and public sentiment. The German government and the EU have negotiated agreements to deport Afghan citizens, and asylum seekers must prove personal risk to obtain asylum. The situation is complicated by the varying levels of danger across Afghanistan and the political influence on asylum decisions. The fate of these families hangs on the outcome of their asylum interviews, while they struggle with the uncertainty and pressure to integrate.

Why Michelle Obama Believes It’s Okay If You Choose Not To Marry Or Have Kids

01 Aug 2016  |  www.refinery29.com
Michelle Obama, in an interview with Variety, emphasizes the importance of female empowerment and representation in media. She reflects on how 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' influenced her perspective on marriage and career choices, advocating that marriage and having a family are options, not necessities, for women's happiness and fulfillment.

Where Does Donald Trump Stand On Access To Abortion?

01 Aug 2016  |  www.refinery29.com
Donald Trump's stance on abortion has evolved over the years, shifting from pro-choice in the late '90s to pro-life in recent years. He supports exceptions for the health of the woman, rape, and incest, and has called for defunding Planned Parenthood while acknowledging its important work. Trump has promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion and has indicated a desire to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which includes provisions for no-cost contraception and other reproductive health services.

Before the War

01 Jun 2015  |  Harper's Magazine
The article delves into the complexities of Yemeni politics and the country's descent into crisis, exacerbated by foreign intervention, particularly by Saudi Arabia. It features insights from Yemeni political analyst Abdul-Ghani Al Iryani, who discusses the intricate relationships and historical context behind the current conflict, including the roles of key figures such as Ali Abdullah Saleh, Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, and Abdul Majeed Al Zindani. The Saudi-led bombing campaign, described as committing war crimes, has had a significant impact on the Houthi-Saleh coalition's military capabilities, but it also risks further destabilizing Yemen. The article underscores the importance of a balanced power-sharing agreement to avoid a full-blown sectarian conflict and the dire humanitarian situation faced by the Yemeni people.

Yemen's Descent, Through A Photographer's Lens

03 May 2015  |  www.kcur.org
Photographer Alex Potter reflects on her experience living in Yemen since 2012, witnessing the country's descent into chaos amidst war. Initially a place of hope and vibrant culture, Yemen's political transition and external pressures have led to increased violence and instability. Despite the generosity and resilience of its people, the ongoing conflict, exacerbated by Saudi airstrikes targeting Houthi rebels, has resulted in civilian casualties and threatens to further escalate, potentially mirroring the wars in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

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