Hi, my name is Bryon Powell and I’m the Runner-in-Chief here at iRunFar.com. It should come as little surprise that I love running, especially trail running. I’ve now been passionate about trail running for more than half my life and, since 2002, I’ve focused on ultra-distance trail running. In fact, I enjoy trail running and ultramarathons enough that in April 2009 I quit my job as a Washington, DC-based attorney to make trail running my career as well as my passion. Let me share how I got to that point including my running history, my current professional pursuits, and a bit more about me. For those on Facebook, you can follow my adventures here.
My Running History
During my 20+ years of running, I’ve gathered varied experience. When I entered high school I joined the cross country team and was the slowest guy on the team… by far. Three years later, after receiving much encouragement and support, I was a three-season team captain and relatively successful distance runner. I next ran for Haverford College, first as a middle distance runner (800, 1500, 3000, steeplechase) and then, oddly enough, as a sprinter (200, 400, 400 hurdles). After college, I quickly returned to distance running. Within one year and two years after graduation, respectively, I had logged my first marathon and my first ultramarathon. I’m still running today. You can keep up with my training on Strava.
My Writing and Coaching
In recent years, I have followed my growing passion for trail running by focusing more on trail running when I wasn’t running. This engagement led to me launch the iRunFar website. Since late 2007, I’ve written more than a 1,000 of iRunFar’s articles and edited 100s of additional articles by regular contributors and guest writers. I also penned the book, Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons.
Over the past four years, I’ve also been freelance writing for national running magazines and major online media outlets, including as a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine.
Here is a sample of my recent publications:
- America’s Fittest Real Athletes: Neal Gorman Profile – Outside (May ’11)
- Your City’s Dirty Little Secret: A Guide to America’s Top Trail Running Towns – Runners World (Spring ’11 Trail Issue – co-authored with Meghan M. Hicks)
- Mile-High Motivation: A Journey into the Minds of Top Boulder-Area Trail Runners – Trail Runner (May ’11 – co-authored with Meghan M. Hicks)
- Going Global By the Golden Gate: Kiwi and Spaniard Take The North Face 50-Mile Championships – Trail Runner (Mar ’11)
- Walk, Don’t Run: How Hiking Can Speed Up Your Trail Runs – Trail Runner (Mar ’11)
- The Dreaded FOMO: Manage Stress and Recovery to Maximize Performance – Trail Runner (Jan ’11)
- California Dreamin’: Move over Climbers, Trail Runners Discover Yosemite National Park – Trail Runner (Oct 10)
- Run Quietly and Carry Two Big Sticks: Trekking Poles Take off with Trail Runners – Trail Runner (June ’10)
- The North Face Endurance Challenge: Competition Rules – UltraRunning (Mar ’10)
- Running and Politics: Trail Running Races in Wilderness Areas – Running Times (Dec ’09)
- Profile on Caitlin Smith & Devon Crosby-Helms – Trail Runner (Nov ’09)
- Deluge in the Desert – UltraRunning (Aug ’09)
- Presidential Race – JFK 50 – Running Times (Sept ’08)
- Tips For Running Your First Ultramarathon – Competitor Running ( Sept ’09)
- Do I Really Need a Trail Shoe? – Competitor Running (July ’09)
I’ve also contributed a three-page “Equipment Tips” section to the second edition of the book The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running by Adam W. Chase and Nancy Hobbs published in 2010. (Pages 134-37)
In addition, I’ve been quoted in and provided video content for major running outlets. For example:
- Why Older Runners are Ultrarunners – New York Times (May 13, 2015) (quoted)
- Endurance Running in the Woods Is a Great (But Dirty) Experience (May 12, 2015) (quoted)
- Becoming the All-Terrain Human – New York Times Magazine (March 20, 2013)
- Extreme sports in high India: an ultramarathon tests human endurance – Christian Science Monitor (August 31, 2010) (quoted)
- Growing Pains – Trail Runner (Dec ’08) (quoted)
- Overcoming the Ultramarathon Mind Game – Runner’s World (Mar ’08) (quoted)
- Interview with Ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka – Competitor Running (Aug ’09) (produced video)
More About Me
Well, fancy that, you’re still reading! As alluded to earlier, I was once a food and drug attorney in Washington, DC. I had a great job, but it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing at this point in my life. That’s why in the spring of 2009 I quit my job, sold my house, and moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills less than an hour from Yosemite National Park. In the fall of 2010, I moved again, this time to the singletrack paradise that is Park City, Utah.
I must admit that my life couldn’t get much better. I test a plethora of running shoes and gear – not all of which you’ll read about on iRunFar. I travel to great races and spectacular trail running destinations. I spend my days reading, writing, and thinking about trail running. It’s my sincere hope that my immersion in the trail running life can help provide you with the highest level of informed commentary about the races, places, people, and gear that you want to hear about.
If you’re still looking to find out more about me, take a look at this set of interviews and stories I’ve pulled together.
More recently, I’ve been interviewed about… well, being me.
Last updated July 28, 2016