What I'm Reading: July 6, 2014

The People Who Can't Not RunThe Atlantic

As Denver slowly morphs me into a running addict, I can't seem to avoid articles on the subject. This one comes from Katherine Dempsey at The Atlantic  on streak runners, the nickname given to those who run every day. Travel, holidays, births, deaths—there are no exceptions. Every day means every day.

The Dogs of War, National Geographic

As you might imagine, the US military has long been developing ways to better detect IEDs, that cause of fatal roadside bombings. A solution, it turns out, is to use a dog's nose. The nature of the job makes these creatures of war entirely disposable. The always impressive Michael Paterniti explores this under-discussed aspect of war through the story of soldier Jose Armenta and his German Shepherd Zenit. 

The Toughest Footrace in the WorldOutside

The Western States Endurance Run: one of the most, if not the most prestigious ultramarathon in the world, and one of the handful of items that is unequivocally on my bucket list. There are now ultramarathons that are longer, tougher, higher, and harder than Western States, but this race, held every summer in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, is on an untouchable pedestal in the hearts and minds of ultra runners. In 1980, writer Lee Green profiled the toughest footrace in the world.

Rethinking the Wild, The New York Times

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, designating large sections of our country as wilderness areas—deserts, forests, and plains to be left untouched by humans until the end of time. However, things aren't so black and white. In some cases, the protected flora and fauna are not adept to handle the sudden effects of global warming, and thus human intervention, the antithesis of the Wilderness Act, will ultimately benefit these areas. We are entering an era where these regulations will be to be reevaluated, while still having to keep "America's appetite for land, roads, mines, timber" in check. From the pen of the talented Chris Solomon.