The Road (Ultra) Not Taken

What draws you to the trail?  The fresh air, the mountains, the night sky chalk full of stars?  Are much of your thoughts (conscious or not) consumed by a particular mountain?  Why?  What draws you to the trail? Following a younger life of intensely competitive sports, I started triathlon back in 2002-ish, then decided to …

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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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Leadville Trail 100 Run – The Inside Trail Chat

There is a lot of blogging going on regarding the Leadville Trail 100 Run, so, instead of just rehashing much of it, we here at Inside Trail thought we'd roll out some back and forth commentary that is typical of the hours we spend in our respective "offices" researching and discussing with one another every …

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