Hayden Hawks, 28, is aiming to be the best trail and ultrarunner of our time. He explains his ambitions and what it takes to dedicate himself to the sport. Hawkes won his first ultra race at Utah’s Speedgoat 50K in 2016. Since then, he has shocked North America by dominating some of the most competitive races. Besides excelling in the United States, Hawkes won UTMB-CCC in 2017 and Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120K in 2018. This year, the Utah runner was just 31 seconds off Max King’s Chuckanut 50K course record–when course conditions were anything but ideal.
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Winning the Tsaigu 80K and setting the course record in China helped further Hawkes’ reputation internationally. Leading the pack of some of the best ultrarunners in the world, Hawkes explains his ambitions and mindset before, during, and after the race. The film No Fear by COROS Global shares Hawkes’ mentality and his story of becoming one of the best endurance runners of our time.
For the remainder of 2019, Hawkes plans to return to Broken Arrow Skyrace in June and Speedgoat 50K in July. Then, he will be racing Tunnel Hill 100 miler–perhaps to chase Zach Bitter’s 100 mile trail record.