Before September 2013 Patagonia was a cool company and a logo on my jacket. I knew that it was a far-away place that many outdoor adventurers visit, but honestly didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to travel there (especially for running) at this stage in my life. How did I get so lucky?! I’ll tell […]
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I have watched the movie “Unbreakable” dozens of times and the one of the most notable parts of the movie for me is the sound of the gong as the sun rises and the runners climb up the Escarpment. It is a sound of hopes and dreams as runners look to make the journey from […]
Established in 1997 Holcomb Valley Trail Runs take place on the famous Pacific Coast Trail. Holcomb Valley Trail Runs offer spectacular views of Big Bear Lake, the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Big Bear Mountain Ski Resorts.
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 […]
Now that summer is finally over even here in Arizona it is time to start to think about next year’s schedule. Since the ultra running community has doubled in size over the last few years more and more races are filling up in the first few days that they open. Many races are now lotteries […]
Previously in Part 1, Pacer – Why You Should Use One, Why You Should Be One I discussed why ultra runners should utilize pacers and encouraged all runners to be pacers for others. In this post I’ll outline in more detail a pacers responsibilities during a race. The Pacer – i.e. Race manager, Drill Sergeant, […]
I’ve been on both sides of the pacer experience, I finished my first 100 mile ultra trail run in sub 24 hours with the help of pacers (I couldn’t have done it without them) and recently paced a runner through 46 miles to help him be one of only 9 finishers in the incredibly difficult […]
The First Half There is a common saying in the running world that, “You know you’ve done your taper well when you’re itching to run on race day.” Is that really such a bad thing?! All I can say is that “the itch” took over for the first 25 miles. It was soooo hard to […]
Some people run 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and marathons but for some reason unbeknown to me I have decided to run hundred mile races. I often find myself daydreaming during my long runs and I can’t ever seem to come up with a reason why I shouldn’t run hundreds except during the races themselves. I […]
The Flagstaff Marathon is 100% off-road with varying (single-track, cross-country, dirt roads) terrain. The course ranges from 8000 feet to 8600 feet above sea level and has been described as the most scenic and difficult marathon in the Southwest.