When branches strike back….
Apr23

When branches strike back….

By Andreas Ever thought about how essential the right gear is? No – Not shoes or a pack or poles. I’m talking about another, important piece of equipment. You’ll never get it. Just a little hint – Put on your shoes, look for the nearest woods and run into them. When you come to a junction, always chose the narrower path (the road less traveled). The smaller the trails get, the faster you run. And all of a...

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RD Interview: Dirty German Endurance Fest
Apr21

RD Interview: Dirty German Endurance Fest

When I first heard about a trail 50 miler in the Philadelphia city limits, I was shocked and curious. Being in the 5th largest city in the country has its perks, but that doesn’t always include “plethora of trails to run.” There are beautiful trails here, for sure, but none that compare to those out west. I knew that I had to talk with the Race Director (RD) of the race and learn more about the series of races he...

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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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