The man in the picture is Ralph Hirt (left). He is 71 years old currently. I met him in 2008 at the Hagg Lake Ultra Marathon in Forest Grove, Or. He is a resident of my husbands home town Crescent City. He knows my husbands grandparents. This is a photo of us after the race.
Someone told me that they read "research says you should only run one ultra every 2 years." The person that wrote that research needs to get a reality check. And to that I say, you gotta read the following article, run a ultra yourself and stick to what ya know. As for me, after I run the Hagg Lake Ultra on Feb 20th, 2010, I think I'll run another in May of 2010.
Great article, tribute to a man I admire, Ralph Hirt.
Hirt completes another 100-mile marathon at 71Plans to take part in another ultra run this weekend in Ore.
At 71 years young, local resident Ralph Hirt recently completed the 100-mile Rocky Raccoon ultramarathon in Texas.
Local resident Ralph Hirt, 71, poses for a photo during the Rocky Raccoon ultramarathon in Texas, which is a 100-mile race. Submitted photo
Hirt finished the race in 25 hours and 48 minutes on Feb. 7, besting his 27-hour, 32-minute time at Rocky Raccoon last year.
“It feels good,” Hirt said. “I think I was a little bit disappointed by my performance last year. I thought I could do better than that.”
Hirt finished first in his age division, although he was the only one in his age group taking part. In November, he placed first out of three runners in his age division at an ultramarathon race in Arizona.
Overall, he finished 96th out of 239 people who started the Rocky Raccoon race, although only 162 finished the grueling 100-mile marathon.
“I thought I ran well and I did not have trouble with blisters,” Hirt said. Last year, Hirt was troubled by blisters at Rocky Raccoon, which slowed him down.
For several years, Hirt has taken part in ultramarathons, which are races longer than 26 miles.
Hirt is active in the racing community in Crescent City and has been race director of the Redwood Wild River Run and the Fourth of July Run.
Hirt takes part in a number of ultra races each year and plans to compete in another ultramarathon race in Forest Grove, Ore., this weekend.
For Hirt, ultra racing is a passion. “That’s what I do,” he said.
He plans to race in another 100-mile race in June at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which goes from Squaw Valley to Auburn.
“It’s the Super Bowl of 100- mile marathons,” Hirt said.
For more information on ultra racing go to run100s.com.