2010 nuun UltraRunners – Part 1

nuun’s 2010 ultrarunners



couple housekeeping items:
  • nuun is always spelled lower case. our owner/founder is both british and cheekey
  • nuun is pronounced like the time of day “noon”

we’re working on getting our ultrarunners up on the nuun.com website.. very cool.  as many of you know i’ve been the nuun ultrarunning ambassador for the last few years.  we have a total of 12 ultrarunners we fully sponsor, here are four of them.


Luke Nelson
Last spring, during my first 50 mile race, I found myself in the deep, dark and seldom visited part of the pain cave.  I had not been paying attention to the rising heat and had fallen way behind on my hydration.  I limped myself into the next major aid station and was handed an ice cold bottle of Kona Cola Nuun, it was quite frankly one of the best drinks I have ever tasted and it was exactly what I needed. I filled both of my hand bottles with it and set out feeling a hundred times better.  Since then I have incorporated Nuun into almost every long training run and every ultra that I have raced.  Nuun keeps me drinking during long races, and more importantly it keeps me hydrated properly.   Kona Cola and Orange Ginger are my go to flavors but I have been mixing it up with Banananuun a lot recently.  This year I am looking forward to the Pocatello 50Wasatch Speedgoat 50kEl Vaquero Loco 50kWasatch 100, and some amazing adventure runs in the Tetons. More on how I balance ultrarunning, Physician Assistant School, and being a husband and father Here.


Bruce Grant
I have been using nuun for four years, and it has honestly been the most significant factor in improving my race performance and helping me continually expand my limits. If I am drinking nuun, I know that my hydration and electrolytes are kept in an optimal balance, regardless of whether I am running in the African Kalaharie desert for a week, over the peaks at Hardrock, or doing lunchtime CardioCore classes at the gym. I have even used it to bring a fellow stage racer who was dehydrated and vomiting back to full recovery so he could run with me the next day. Orange-ginger and banana are my flavour favourites, but for 100-mile runs where I will pound back 24 – 36 bottles, I’ll mix the tablets up so each bottle ends up with a random taste.
What I’m excited about in 2010:  Hardrock 100 miler, the Tor Des Geants 200 Miler in Italy, and doing another all-night aid station for runners at the STORMY 100 miler


Ty Draney
Hi…my name is Ty…and I am a NUUN addict.  I have been running ultras for 10 years now and using NUUN as long as it has been available.  I use it daily, either during training (I mix it up with tri-berry, kona kola, and bannananuun) and enjoy goji-berry “U” at work in-between my daily doubles.  I have a sensitive stomach so I find that NUUN provides me with all the electrolytes I need without getting sugar “rot-gut” later in races.  This season I’ll be taking on new adventures with the Pocatello 50, the Devil’s Backbone 50, the JMT, and my first race back east the Grindstone.  NUUN is the official drink for El Vaquero Loco 50k/25k races which I direct…


Devon Crosby-Helms
I have been drinking nuun since I started ultrarunning. I use it to hydrate after my runs and if I am blessed enough to have a crew during my ultras, I have them drop a nuun in my bottles as well. My favorite flavor is orange-ginger. I am really excited for Western States and Cascade Crest.
Devon’s blogs: devoncrosbyhelms.com and fastfoodiecooks.com


Ashley Nordell
I can’t even remember when I first started drinking nuun, but its been a part of my training for a long time. I was grateful to have it when Sean Meissner, Matt Hart, and I ran around the Three Sisters, going up and over the South Sister. We were out for much longer than anticipated thanks to Sean’s supposed “trail” down the back side of the South Sister, and had to fill our bottles in the creek. I normally can’t drink anything with iodine taste, but after dropping a nuun in the bottle, I didn’t even notice the iodine. I also like how I don’t have to worry about taking electrolyte capsules in races. Instead, I just drop 3/4 of a nuun tablet in one of my bottles and am good to go. My favorite flavors are orange ginger, lemon lime, and tri berry. I’ll use the cola nuun in hundreds during the night for the caffeine.  The races I was/am most excited about for the year are Three Days of Syllamo and Bighorn 100.