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Support Becoming Ultra

The support of our listeners and followers is what makes Becoming Ultra and the Becoming Ultra Project possible.

To you it may just be a donation but to us, it’s everything.  Be sure to check out some of the testimonials (below) of what Becoming Ultra means to people!

Partner with us and we can…

  • Continually put out new and unique resources for runners and future ultra runners.
  • Produce a regular audio/podcast show for free, always free.
  • Regularly add professionals and experts in the world of running as contributors and manage the content.
  • Manage the website and continue to put out new content in the form of video, audio, and written!

Your donation is appreciated not only because it will allow you to listen and learn from the project, it may be paying for someone who can’t.  We are here for both of you!

A little big about the history of Becoming Ultra:

Since early 2015 we have churned out videos, articles, and over free podcasts for runners who are wanting to take the next epic step in their running lives!

We will always make the bulk of our content free so anyone can reach out, learn, and go do amazing things.  What we may charge for is coaching and potentially a membership that feels like a running team.  That is for the future though.  Now, we just need to make this sustainable.

We are thankful you found us and hope you stick with us as we grow and continue to help runners all over the world grow!


Scott Jones



If you want to learn more about Becoming Ultra, our START HERE page is a great place to begin.

What they say and why we have to keep on:

I first met Scott Jones through one of his local half marathon races, Fear the Deer, and a year later I was selected to be a part of his latest inspired project, Becoming Ultra.

An amazing opportunity to say the least, I was coached by renowned runner Ian Sharman with the goal of completing a 50k race in the Skyrunning series. (I had no idea how challenging THAT piece of the puzzle would be.) But thanks to the unwavering support and motivation of Ian and Scott, I made it over those four mountains and hit my goal. No better therapy, I think, than challenging oneself in the great outdoors – and that my girls were watching my journey made it all the more important to me.

I am so stoked that some of the memories from those months were so beautifully documented too. A huge thanks to Ian, Scott, Chris, and Matt for generously sharing your time and your passion. Thanks for stopping by and blessing my girls’ and my life more than I could ever express. Because running is so more than just running.

And friends: check out Scott’s podcasts “Athlete on Fire” for inspiring stories, and “Becoming Ultra Season 2” to follow another runner’s journey in real time.

And if you run, look into the gorgeous and challenging Fear the Deer half marathon through Deer Creek Canyon. (April-ish every year. And sells out!) Highly recommended – in some ways it changed my life.


…Anyways, from there I went on to check out Athlete on Fire, and then, of course, Becoming Ultra (which, by the way, is such an epic, inspiring, and informative project, and I can’t wait to see the finished product). This has been a summer of great mental progress for me in terms of running and overall outlook, and these podcasts played (and continue to play) a role in that. I have some big longer-term running goals that I’m very focused on, and these podcasts help give me the motivation I need on days when my drive isn’t quite there.


Hi Scott

My name is Matt Gifford, a 37 (almost) father from St. Albans, just north of London, in the UK.

I’ve been listening to your shows and using your resources as last June I decided (after 10 years of not running at all, and only having run 10km before) to enter my first 100km ultra, giving myself just under a year to go from zero to 100.

That day is almost upon me (May 28th) and I will be going from London to Brighton, 100km in total. As a result of my newly-found joy of running I have also managed to get a place in the London Marathon next month, which I am incredibly excited about (and I see it as a ‘warm up’ for the ultra.. insanity)

Thank you for your hard work and the fantastic resources and shows you put out.

From a web developer Dad / runner / soon-to-be ultra marathoner,

Thank you!

Hey Scott,

First, I want to say just how much I love your podcasts. Thank you for putting out such good content day in and day out. I’ve never been more inspired.

I’ll be doing the Beast in Ohio in May. I’m six weeks out and ready to kick my training into high gear for that final stretch. I’ve taken more risks during my training thanks to some of the tips from Becoming Ultra and other podcasts. I’m also inspired and considering tackling my first marathon this year with hopes of loving it and maybe trying an Ultra in the future.

Please keep doing what you do, I look forward to listening!
Kristin Bandurski

Before I get started, I just want to say a couple of thank yous.  First, a big thank you to Becoming Ultra. On October 3rd of last year, I ran my first ultra, the Foothills 50K Frenzy, here in Boise, Idaho.  Though my time wasn’t the worst (6:16:27), I bonked hard early and cramped up by mile 10.1…so yes…20 miles on cramping legs.  I was miserable, and I knew I had to figure out what the hell I was doing.  Besides all of the other research and reading I started, one of the most convenient ways I learned was when I got into the iTunes store, and discovered a few ultra running podcasts, including Becoming Ultra.  Not only is Scott an awesome host , which is entertaining enough on its own, but I grew by leaps and bounds from listening to other newbies who were taking on new challenges and races, which lets be honest…always are intimidating until you get the first successful race under your belt.  It felt refreshing to hear about how other people have struggled and I knew I wasn’t alone.

I am very happy to say that I ran my second ultra on April 9th, the Gorge Waterfalls 50K in Cascade Locks, OR, and I absolutely aced the nutrition and hydration.  I finished 57th out of 261 finishers, which surprised the hell out of me.  (I can send you my official race report if you’re curious.)  Though the race was stacked up in single file line at the beginning and I was more toward the back of the pack to start, I did nothing but pick people off all day…HUNDREDS!…and was only passed by at most 5 people all day.  I couldn’t be more pumped about it and now I’m confident and excited for my upcoming races this summer.
Again thank you.  Being a part of the Becoming Ultra conversations was invaluable.  I can’t put a price tag on it.
~ Brady Vandegrift