Ultra Trail Running – A Collection - Gathering the Best in Ultra and Trail Running Stories

Ultra Trail Running - A Collection

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2015 Top Trail Running Shoes for Summer & Fall with Notable Exlusions

Who doesn’t love a sneak peek at the 2015 lineup of our favorite kicks? Lots of fancy new treads out there. Of notable exception is anything from Pearl Izumi, Nike and Salomon… At the Jan.  21-24 Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, numerous running shoe brands showed off their new models that will debut at retail shops this in June or July. Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights. (Weights listed are for men’s size 9.0 for reference.) A new flyweight road shoe for faster training and racing, this zero-drop shoe features a slightly...

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Race Report – Volunteering at the Elkhorn Endurance Run

I personally love ‘race reports’ from the volunteer perspective. They really are an incredible and selfless breed. March on volunteers, we love you! A nice, brief account of this volunteers experience at the Elkhorns Endurance Run. by Andrew Cupino I have no race volunteer experience, but the Elkhorn Endurance Run was my first ultra, so it seemed appropriate to be my first volunteer experience as well. In the past two years I had run many a mile through the Elkhorns, so trekking into the Montana backcountry to pump creek water and slice watermelon struck me as a fun task. The...

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Hardrock 100 Course Record Destroyed by Kilian Jornet

I have to say that I am a complete nerd and hovered on the iRunFar Twitter account and followed the #hardrock100 hashtag throughout the day. Then I had to head out for a run myself. What an incredible human, then to wait up for Julien because he was lonely and wanted come company.  A wonderful ambassador and story. Of course another fantastic article from Competitor below. Kilian Jornet won the Hardrock 100 trail running race in a course-record 22 hours, 41 minutes, 33 seconds on July 11-12. Photo: Brian Metzler Darcy Piceu won her third consecutive women’s title with another...

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Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run – 2014 Edition

Wow, almost here! Time to watch Unbreakable: The Western States 100, a couple times over the weekend. Who are the bookies putting their money behind this year? Rob Krar? Ian Sharman? Max King? And the ladies; will Pam Smith hold off the likes of Nikki and Amy? Anything can happen. Great little article below. Pam Smith More than 360 runners representing 26 countries will descend on California next week for the 41st edition of the Western States 100, a 100-mile trail race. The race, which starts in Squaw Valley, Calif. on June 28 at 5 a.m. and ends in Auburn,...

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Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Review & Video

Here’s a great review of a new pack from Ultimate Direction. Pretty certain this will be another top shelf, ultra-high quality piece of kit that anyone looking for that quick, minimalist hike is going to be pining for. Cheers to the author and click through for the full read. “Fastpacking” – a hybrid of trail running and ultralight backpacking – is an exciting way to explore the trails. While this concept has been around several years now and is growing in popularity the industry hasn’t quite caught up yet with the trend yet. The market is basically segmented between packs...

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Scott Jurek and Ellie Greenwood Sit Down for a Live Q&A with Clif

This definitely has the makings of an ‘ultra’, super fun and informative Q&A with a couple of life long, mid-pack ultra runners. Right, very funny; before the flames appear on this post, we all know these 2 are absolute rock stars in the Ultra world. Completely humble, wonderful human beings and it will be a real treat to have a chance to engage with them for those of us who want to say hi and sling a few questions their way. Join Clif’s Facebook chat Wednesday, April 30 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT hosted by world champ...

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The Bighorn Trail 100 Miler: A Look at this Most Spectacular Race Route

It’s true that for many people, the reason for running these trails is for the incredible views. Seems this race is no exception. Wow, just a remarkable landscape, have a peek through this gallery! Here’s a bit of an excerpt from UltraRunning.com with a link to the article following. One for the bucket list (buckle list?). The Bighorn Trail 100 is Wyoming’s signature ultra and well worth the trip out to the uniquely beautiful Bighorn Mountains. The race begins in narrow Tongue River Canyon with weird rock formations above and a river flowing by below. You emerge from the canyon...

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Micah True – His Running Spirit and Legacy Flourishes

The legacy of trail running legend Micah True (aka, “Caballo Blanco”) is alive and well.

Two years ago today, March 31, 2012, the body of Micah True was recovered from a remote part of the Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico near the Arizona border. Nicknamed “Caballo Blanco,” or White Horse, the 58-year-old True became a reluctant celebrity in 2009 after he was featured in the best-selling non-fiction book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. But he made the most of the notoriety, celebrating and educating the world about the Tarahumara Indians (aka, the Raramuri people) from the Copper […]

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2014 Chuckanut 50k – Max King and Ellie Greenwood First Across the Line

Another installment of the Chuckanut 50 is in the bag and guess what? More course records. A couple of ultra running rockstars; Max King and Ellie Greenwood each came home with a win Saturday at the 22nd annual Chuckanut 50K in Fairhaven, Washington. Read the source article at Course Record for King at Chuckanut The men’s race saw Max and David Laney dueling it out once again, as they took advantage of dry, ideal racing conditions. Max was geared up for a win this year after losing to David by three minutes in 2013, just one week after Max set...

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5 Extremely Sensible Tips for Preparing for your First Ultra Trail Marathon

Concise and focused; that’s what I like in an article like this. This list is a little bit easier to assimilate that the 27 or so that was covered in this post. What are your 5 most precious parts of your ultra training regime? They might just align with those mentioned below. Personally, I’m expecting the hardest part of any ultra by far will be the mental side. I’ve already had challenges with that battle recently so ‘training’ this will be key for my own ultra success. And by success, naturally I mean finishing…