Hi, my name is Bryon Powell and I’m the Editor-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 most of 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 my passion for trail running into my profession. 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 nearly quarter century 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
As noted above, I’ve 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, conducted many 100s of interviews with top runners, 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, and co-authored Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running with Meghan Hicks.
From 2009-2011, I did a decent amount of freelance writing for national running magazines and major online media outlets before redoubling my efforts toward iRunFar. I remain a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine and on the editorial team at FitWild.
Here is are some samples of my earlier freelance work:
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:
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 with my life. That’s why in the spring of 2009 I quit my job, sold my house, and moved to the outskirts of Yosemite National Park in California. Since the fall of 1010, I’ve called Utah my home. First, in Park City for three years before setting into the high desert outside of Moab.
Since committing to iRunFar fulltime, I’ve got to meet so many amazing people, have traveled to spectacular locations around the world, and have shared trail running and ultrarunning with the world. My work at iRunFar has constantly evolved over the past decade. These days I manage iRunFar’s operations, report from upwards of a dozen top races a year, and, thankfully, am moving back to doing a bit more writing on the website. 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 and profiled about… well, being me.
Last updated May 16, 2017