SPOT Gen3 – Review
Apr18

SPOT Gen3 – Review

SPOT was kind enough to allow us to test and review the new SPOT Gen3 (retail $150) GPS tracking device. This tracking system is not a GPS training watch, nor is it a navigation tool. Its purpose is to allow family and friends to track you along your route over a long period of time, along with sending customer messages and potential distress signals. With their new motion activated tracking system, your SPOT can now run significantly...

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A Short Romp Through the Smokies: Nantahala Hilly Half Race Report
Apr17

A Short Romp Through the Smokies: Nantahala Hilly Half Race Report

As this was my first event after a long, snowy and icy hiatus, I was beyond excited to be able to run again with other people, in an event that would have the requisite local brew AND, as I learned at the end, MARSHMALLOWS and PEANUT BUTTER! What other reasons do you need to run a trail race? Not many, dudes. Not many. Sean Run Bum Blanton, the adventurous, young and hip race director, developed the course so that it would be...

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50 Shades of Sore: RD Interview
Apr15

50 Shades of Sore: RD Interview

I have been thinking about how to get more involved with the local ultrarunning community. There are several running groups in my area, but due to kids and other obligations, it was always impossible to make group runs or get involved. When a new race popped up on the horizon, hosted by MLC runners (Misery Loves Company), I signed up right away. Not to run, but to give my time back as a volunteer. On April 12, the first annual 50...

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Interview with Darkling Thrush
Apr07

Interview with Darkling Thrush

It is endlessly fascinating to hear of the varied and interesting journeys each of us takes to become a trail runner. For some of us, it is a natural extension of simply loving nature and intending to spend every minute possible in it, to experience what the Germans call “Waldeinsamkeit”, or “solitude in the forest”; for others it began as the result of registering for a poorly advertised 10 miler only to find out upon arrival that it...

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Rethink Running
Apr02

Rethink Running

Hi, Craig here, head of daily operations at TrailAndUltraRunning.com (TAUR). For those of you who are on Twitter and follow me (@ultracraig) you’ve probably noticed a little project of mine I’ve been working on in 2014. Each day I post a tweet titled “Rethink Running:”. In each of these tweets I share some simple insight into our world of trail and ultra running and what makes it and running special. My...

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How to Be an Ultra Runner
Mar31

How to Be an Ultra Runner

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White Rim 100 – New FKT by Kelly Agnew
Mar09

White Rim 100 – New FKT by Kelly Agnew

Adventure running and the chasing of known FKTs (Fastest Known Times) has nearly become a sport all it’s own. Over the last 18 months there have been more new times set on different routes around the planet than can be counted in one article. Traditional racers are now becoming adventure runners and the standards for long trail runs are being set higher. Kelly Agnew, a prominent 100 mile racer recently turned his sights towards...

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When the snow kills your skin
Mar04

When the snow kills your skin

By Andreas When I started to work as a bike-courier, I would ride my trusty bicycle in short trousers or calf-free-baggy-pants. Day in and day out my shins were naked. I did not care about the weather. I had a good job, enjoyed the action in the streets, met nice folks and earned my money being active.  No matter if  was winter or rain, I still wore my short trousers. When I began running, I kept my habit, always running in short...

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