Elite Inside #7 feat. Liza Howard

The Ultra-Trail® World Tour offers support (travel, accommodation & race entries) to elite runners in collaboration with participating events.


All of the selected runners have proven to be top-notch athletes.

  • They have shown extreme endurance, both physically and mentally
  • They have respected the values of trail-running
  • They have contributed to develop the global ultra-trail community

More information about the UTWT Elite Athlete Support Program can be found HERE!


In the 2015 series of interviews, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour will give a little inside about some of the runners who received support.


This week: Liza Howard who will compete at the Marathon des Sables in April.



Liza Howard

Liza Howard


Full Name:

Elizabeth (Liza) Howard






Liza Howard


Website, Blog:



Liza Howard





New Balance

3 Best Results:

  • Umstead 100 2014: 15:07
  • Rocky Raccoon 100 2015: 15:34
  • Leadville 100 2014: 20:01

2014 UTWT Ranking: 

1st season in 2015

Goals for 2015/2016:

  • Prepare and train well for MdS
  • Run a sub-15 hour 100-miler
  • Run a PB at Leadville 100
  • Run well at Comrades
  • Direct an exceptional trail running camp for Team Red, White & Blue, an organization serving veterans


Liza Howard

Liza Howard


Best memory from trail-running:

I have too many good memories of running with friends to chose a best one.  One of my happiest moments, though, was running off Hope Pass during Leadville 100 last year.  I felt light and strong and gleeful enough to belt out a song from the Muppet Show.

Why have you chosen this sport?

Ultradistance running gives me the opportunity to practice endurance, suffering, and compassion. I hope the practice will help me do those things more gracefully in real life.

How long have you been running (ultra-) trail races?

7ish years.

Which is your favourite race of the UTWT? And why?

I have only run one UTWT race. Western States.

I am looking forward to running more UTWT races and having a favorite.

Do you have any recommendations for preparing/running an ultra-trail?

Seek out a group of local, veteran ultrarunners, listen to their stories, and learn as much as you can from their experiences.

Also, if you’re having trouble during a race, assume it’s a calorie deficit until proven otherwise.

What is your favourite proverb?

“There is more in you than you think.” Kurt Hahn

Do you have a habit you always follow before a race?

I usually carry a small picture of my grandmother with me.  I think she would have run ultras if she’d lived at a different time.  I tell her: “Here we go!” at the start of my races.

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