Whether you're on a winding road in the woods, in the heat of the desert or on steeps rocks, what matters most when you run free and fast in the wild is the journey. Ultra running stimulates legs, heart and lungs, leads you to explore some of the most beautiful places on earth and encourages you to push your boundaries, both physically and mentally.
Ian Corless has travelled far and wide to document the stunningly impressive tracks of the most important ultra running races in the world. His beautiful, striking and suggestive pictures perfectly capture the physical intensity of these competitions and transmit the pathos of each one of them, whether on a difficult track along the Grand Canyon or a technical track down the Dolomites. A series of exclusive interviews with legends of the sport – including Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg and Anton Krupicka – helps to understand what it means to run extreme distances at such high altitudes; a collection of maps, altimetry and technical data illustrate the peculiarities of each race. Ultra running is a tribute to a sport that more and more people are being drawn to and is a source of inspiration for anyone who, at least once in a lifetime, has dreamt of running in places where you can forget your everyday life and immerse yourself in nature.