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San Juan Solstice

When you look at the chart it's probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.
When you look at the chart it's probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.

When you look at the chart it’s probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.

You might think after a half a dozen times at the same race that things would get easier. Sure, it helps to have some familiarity with the course and to be clued in to what lies ahead, but even with that and years of experience, you can never be certain that things will go smoothly at these trail ultras. read more>>>

Dirty 30

It took all day but we made it.
Golden Gate Dirty 30 map

The course was 33 miles or so this year, starting and finishing to the right on the map and loosely following the course in a counter-clockwise direction. It climbed more than 7,000 vertical feet before it was done. Click to enlarge.

Another summer, another calendar full of running races. When we registered for the Golden Gate Dirty 30 back in February we knew it would be a long shot to get properly trained for a trail 50K by the end of May. Our main focus through the spring is always skiing, and there just isn’t enough time to get in the miles. But that’s how it always is. read more>>>

2014 Elk Mountain Grand Traverse

2014-Elk-Mountain-Grand-Traverse

2014-Elk-Mountain-Grand-TraverseAnother Elk Mountain Grand Traverse has come and gone. The annual 40 mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen has become a rite of spring for Christy and me, we’ve done it 13 of the 17 years it’s been held, the last seven as a couple. We’ve always loved the event and we’ve encouraged anyone who’s curious to check it out.

Unfortunately, for the 3rd time in the history of the race the conditions up high were deemed too dangerous for it to follow its intended course to Aspen. There was a lot of snow and wind in the days before and to send 400 people (200 teams of two) through avalanche terrain in the middle of the night would have been irresponsible. We can all respect a decision made in the interest of safety, so the alternate course now dubbed the “Grand Reverse” was implemented and those of us that stuck around skied in and around Crested Butte.

It wasn’t our first time on the Reverse course. We did it as a team the last time conditions warranted it, five years ago (2010). I even participated when the first Reverse was called back in 1999, when the GT was only in its second year. It’s too bad that 15 years later it’s more or less the same boring course. It was disappointing to not be able to complete the intended route, but we were there and it was paid for so we decided to make the best of it. At least the East River Valley section wasn’t a dry hike this year. read more>>>

Power of Four

Power of Four-13
power of four

The weather challenged everyone from the start, pictured here, all the way to the finish.

What a day….

As we drove to the start of the race in Snowmass, the storm’s intensity increased. Despite the March 1st date, it was actually raining, so heavily that our windshield wipers were on high as if we were driving through a summer thunder storm. read more>>>

Breck Five Peaks

And then the booter up to the top of Peak 8. The top of the Imperial Ridge quad is there below.
breck five peaks

It was a beautiful day for a race.

Another year, another bout of punishing weather at the Breck Five Peaks.

We haven’t had much luck timing the conditions at this event. Last year’s race course had to be modified due to cold and wind, which was so punishing we were just happy to reach the finish. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking forward to the cool tour up and down the five peaks of the massive Breckenridge ski area.

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The Everest Marathon Series

Trailrunner Magazine - Everest Marathon Contest

Great Himalaya Marathons - Everest marathonOn May 29, 2003, the inaugural Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon took place. Nepali owned and organized, the race has been run every year on May 29th, the anniversary of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic 1953 Mt. Everest ascent. The mostly downhill course descends the Khumbu Valley along popular trekking routes, from Everest Basecamp at 17,500 ft. to Namche Bazaar at 11,200 ft. In recent years, the race has had over 100 runners participate, but the field is primarily filled by Nepalis, with the minority of runners being from other countries. Rarely have there been more than a handful of Americans.

Ten years after that inaugural event, the organizers are adding new races. On the same day as the marathon in 2014, the Everest Ultra 60k Run will follow a longer course, but with the same start and finish lines. And planned for June 2015 is yet another event— a multi-sport adventure that includes a marathon, mountain bike, and a tandem paraglide– that starts from Annapurna Basecamp and finishes near Pokhara. read more>>>