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St. Louis runner Tom Whalen follows behind world-class ultra-marathon racer Geoff Roes during a run before last year’s Run, Rabbit Run 50-mile ultra-marathon in Steamboat Springs. Whalen and a group of St. Louis runners have been making regular trips to Steamboat to compete in distance races for the past couple of years. He will be running his sixth Steamboat Marathon today.

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They’ve run in races big and small, long and extremely long, in marathons from Boston to San Francisco and ultramarathons in the mountains and the desert. With a name like the Michelob Ultra Runners, they sound like an elite squad of uber runners. And they are, a St. Louis-based pack of friends and competitors, athletes extreme.

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