Thoughts on The North Face EC Championships 2011

The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile Championship 2011 is in the books.  So, what happened?  As far as my picks were concerned, I didn’t do too shabby.  Although I mentioned D Jones as an outright favorite in SF in a recent post digesting his R2R2R FKT, paired with the rest of his nutty and …

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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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Trail Commentary

The results are in.  At least from a few revealing events that have transpired over the last couple of weeks.  Let’s start with what our burrowing Euro Bureau correspondent has to report.  The Skyrunner Series is officially finito.  The European Skyrunning Championships took place in Alicante, Spain on Saturday, November 5th with the Vertical Kilometer® …

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Links and Thoughts on UTMB

As race reports and articles come across the wires, a clearer picture is coming into view; but that doesn't mean that additional questions aren't raised.  The difficulty of the scheduling changes, the course reroutes, the way in which organizers communicate to participants can cause frustration at varying levels.  Some handled it well (exceptionally well), like …

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2011 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc Aftermath

Tim:  First, believe it or not, there were other events taking place this weekend, besides UTMB.  I have to mention Cascade Crest 100, where Rod Bien broke the course record set last year by fellow Oregonian, Jeff Browning.  Rod finished in 18:27.  Top woman finisher was Shawna Thompkins in 21:15.  Big props to those solid …

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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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