2015 Western States 100

Looking at the "deep" field for this year's WS100, I suppose this overused adjective is evidence of the community's optimism, hoping for an amazing competitive event that craters common sense with the insane high-end endurance exploits of these elite men and women.  The other rationale for the use of "deep" is the general unpredictability of this kind of …

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The North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco Championship 2011

It’s Friday (well, Thursday night really), the day before the biggest ultra of the year (2011 The North Face Endurance Challenge  San Francisco Championship). There are a few reasons why we should consider this race ultra big, or this ultra race big. That’s what I’ll spend the next hour or so chipping away at, that …

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North Face 50 Preview: Geoff Roes’ Dreamscape

In lieu of yet another nerdy list of possible contenders at the NF 50 that we normally try to provide here at Inside Trail, we think Mr. Roes has outdone himself with an obvious uncorking of pent up frustration with the granular over-analyzing of our sport.  Of course, he does it in his own dry, …

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2011 Skyrunner SuperCup at Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon

The Independence of a Summit World peace?  The official transition from independence to interdependence, in the words of one prominent political sociologist Benjamin Barber? Nah.  It's about the prominence of a mountain and a mountain race. De Gasperi.  Jornet.  Mount Kinabalu.  On the island of Borneo in East Malaysia stands the 20th tallest mountain in …

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UROC: A Step in a New Direction

Trail Runner’s Ultra Race of Champions 100k (UROC) is getting a lot of coverage on the interwebs.  Other than a potentially meaningful race in Bend, Oregon this Saturday, specifically the Flagline 50k, picked for the second year in a row as a USATF Trail National Championships, the gathering near Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday the 24th …

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2011 Skyrunner World Series Finale

The year’s Skyrunner World Series final is this Sunday on Italy’s Sentiero delle Grigne, where a beautiful mix of 43km and 3200m of ascent (a mountain marathon with 10,500ft of vert) will greet this year’s mountain running elite.  Inside Trail has been fortunate enough to be alive and able to comment on the six-race-series’ final …

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2011 WMRC and IAU 100k World Championships

Inside Trail had to endure a massive power outage yesterday, hence delaying our little preview of some championship racing this weekend.  We apologize; and we are certainly waiting for SDG&E’s apology for what was a pretty frightening incident and realization that “the grid” is as stable as some countries’ chances at this weekend’s 27thWorld Mountain …

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Silverton 1000 Mile Challenge, 2011 Trans Alpine, and Ben Nevis, et al.

After running the Hardrock 100 this summer, Footfeathers is all over anything going on in the San Juans, so he offers up his overview of a new event taking place this weekend. If a 100 mile race is crazy, then what do you call a 1,000 mile race? The Silverton 1000 Mile Challenge, of course, …

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2011 The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

Greetings.  We’re just getting-in some quick picks and (very) brief descriptions of the runners most likely to make some noise trotting around the Mont Blanc massif in a day or so.  Footfeathers (Tim) is on the road this very minute to new residence, so this week has been a little hectic.  Pardon the lack of …

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