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The Power of Strava

The Power of Strava

I grew up staring at the backs of baseball cards, reading box scores and scouring the newspaper every Sunday looking over the league leaders for Major League Baseball.  It would become what would start my mild obsession with numbers and over the years it has only grown more and more. So when I started running […]

Unfriendly Trails

Unfriendly Trails

Picture this. You’re out on a run, passing through the desert, past one saguaro then another. Brushing past the creosote bushes, down the washes, and around the bends and you come upon an opposing mountain biker. He looks like he’s in a groove coming around the corner and as a courtesy to make it easier […]

So you wanna be a Race Director? Read this first…

So you wanna be a Race Director?  Read this first…

So you’ve run a few ultras recently?  Maybe a lot and over a lot of years.  Maybe you’ve done well in some races, maybe not. But one way or another you’ve become hooked.  You love the sport, the people, the individual digging for something more.  The volunteers, the trails, the training, the “culture of ultra […]

Alaska…The Great Trail Running Frontier

Alaska…The Great Trail Running Frontier

It’s bigger than anything you’ve ever seen.  It’s massive.  It’s wild.  It’s incredible. Bears. Moose. Snow capped peaks. And very, very few people.  (but they do have Geoff Roes!) Alaska is an adventurers’ dream.  A playground of wilderness, abound with outdoor pleasures, experiences and challenges. In a full disclosure I have an affinity for Alaska […]

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Men’s

Pearl Izumi Peak II – Men’s

I tried on a pair of Pearl Izumi trail shoes sometime last year.   I remember they felt almost bulky and up off the ground a little more than I was looking for and ultimately passed on them. So when the opportunity to test out a pair of the Peak II’s, I’ll admit I didn’t exactly […]

The Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Run 2012 Video

The Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Run 2012 Video

Watching an ultra unfold is an interesting and entirely different experience than running one.  Seeing the nervous looks on runner’s faces, the smiles on friends faces in the early stages then the strains of fatigue in the latter ones.  It’s nothing short of a journey and an experience unlike many others. As a continuation of […]

Zane Grey 50M – An Interview with Race Director Joe Galope

Zane Grey 50M – An Interview with Race Director Joe Galope

The Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Race is entering its 23rd running on April 21st in northeastern Arizona.  Renowned, notorious, infamous, no matter what you call it, the race has earned its title as one of the toughest 50 Mile races in the country.  With the race kicking off with another stellar field we wanted […]

The Altra Lone Peak – An Unorthodox Review for an Unorthodox Shoe

The Altra Lone Peak – An Unorthodox Review for an Unorthodox Shoe

Finding the perfect trail shoe is an elusive task that sometimes takes years.  You try one, try another, and another and another. Sometimes you stick with the same one for a few years, sometimes you switch for a run here or there.  But the search continues.  When people ask me (and you I’m sure), “What […]