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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UltrAspire Quantum Review – Updated
Apr04

UltrAspire Quantum Review – Updated

At the Summer 2012 Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, UltrAspire gave us a sneak peak at an up and coming product – the Quantum – a race inspired waist belt you slip on like shorts, that gives you enough storage for the essentials without the usual hassles of a running belt. I remember liking it enough at the time to want to try and talk them into parting with one of their few demos, but left empty handed yet excited...

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How to Be an Ultra Runner
Mar31

How to Be an Ultra Runner

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Women in Ultras: The Feminine Baddasses
Mar10

Women in Ultras: The Feminine Baddasses

When I recently signed up for the Bighorn 100 I took a minute to scan through the entrants. What I saw was a screen of utter disappointment: 10 pages of male entrants and barely one page of female entrants. For real? C’mon ladies! No, I don’t think ultra-running needs to be the #1 sport for women. Innately it is one of the least feminine sports out there. Let’s face it: it’s a sport filled with farting boys, bloody knees, and crusted...

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Trail and Ultra Welcomes Duncan Callahan
Mar06

Trail and Ultra Welcomes Duncan Callahan

TrailAndUltraRunning.com welcomes Duncan Callahan as our newest contributor! Husband, father, and Champion Ultra-Runner Duncan Callahan brings 7 years of high-level ultra performance and experience to the trails. Duncan began racing ultras in 2007, and came onto the scene with a win at the 2008 Leadville Trail 100. It was Callahan’s first 100-mile victory at Leadville that gave him the confidence to pursue ultra-running and coaching...

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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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Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both
Mar03

Ironman vs. Ultramarathon: Endurance Athletes Who Do Both

In 2006, I finished my first Ironman triathlon. It took me over five years to take my body and mind from “normal guy” to Ironman. The 140.6 mile race was a life-long dream etched from an early age by ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  I remember seeing athletes struggle through the course on television. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. The pain, the suffering, the raw human emotion…it was unlike so many other things I...

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