What is Hellcat? 

A weekly training diary as Hannah Yoest prepares to run The Speed Project relay a second time. She first ran the race in 2022 with the GRIT USA team. The race is 340 miles from the Santa Monica Pier to the Las Vegas Strip. The OG team style relay is six runners, four men and two women, alternating 5k segments through the Mojave desert. In 2024, she joined an all-female crew. The race has no rules. 

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As a 10 week series, this newsletter will cover some of the history of ultra running and unsanctioned racing, training strategy, book recommendations, and the ways politics impact running. And lookout for the occasional running playlist. 

Hannah is a former D1 rower for the University of Virginia and now enjoys getting out on trails with her bloodhound Jagger

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Hannah Yoest 

Art Director for The Bulwark and author of the Hellcat newsletter.