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Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com, an author, and filmmaker. He has co-produced and co-directed several award-winning adventure films, including Chocolate Spokes, Ace and the Desert Dog, Frank and the Tower, and The Important Places. He’s a columnist for Outside Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Runner’s World, Adventure Journal, Climbing, Alpinist, CNN.com, Men’s Journal, Backpacker, and dozens of other publications.

Some Questions You May (Or May Not) Have About Ultrarunning

Filmmaker and writer Brendan Leonard never considered himself a runner, and definitely not an ultrarunner. But a few years ago, he entered his first race, and found that ultramarathons have a lot in common with work—which he’s no stranger to. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile race along with his friend Jayson Sime, and their experience became the film How to Run 100 Miles. In this humorous presentation, Leonard shares stories, philosophizes that talent is mostly just hard work, explains the difference between liking something and loving something, and proves that you can dig 2-foot-deep holes for fence posts using only a hand trowel.

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