University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

‘Studio One’ features ultramarathoner and river racers

Learn about one athlete’s passion for running and what motivates him to endure a 100 mile race. Also, find out about another race that started and finished in the Red River of the North, both on the next edition of Studio One.

Many people see marathons as a runner’s ultimate goal, but one man's races are almost four times longer. David Ulhir, an ultramarathoner, will discuss his desire to hit the pavement as many as five hours a day. “I really need running to appreciate my daily life,” says Ulhir. “The runner’s high is what running is all about for me.” The lifestyle of a mega marathon man comes with great rewards and sacrifices. Between his family and work, finding time to train is almost as challenging as the run itself. Ulhir’s eagerness to cross the finish line motivates him to reach his goals. “If you set your mind to something you can accomplish it,” Ulhir says.

Also on the show, learn about a unique marathon where athletes swim the course. “Well, you’re nervous. The longest I’ve ever swam before this is 7.35 miles. And I have to go 27. And what you’re thinking about is the right nutrition, the right hydration and thinking about whether your shoulders can stand 27 miles,” says Scott Jensen, a marathon swimmer. See why some are diving into the second longest river race in the country.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba and online at