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Category Archives: Trail Running

Ironman’s Big Bet On Trail Running

When the news broke in May 2021 that Ironman and UTMB were joining forces, the small corner of the internet that hosts the trail running community nearly lost its collective mind. Skeptics lamented the end of trail running’s eccentric, community-centric culture, while optimists celebrated the likelihood of better race organization, standardized rules, and real prize […]

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Meet the Nurse Who Just Smashed One of Colorado’s Toughest FKTs

Andrea Sansone, a nurse and hiker from Golden, Colorado, has set a new women’s supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Nolan’s 14 route, stopping the clock in 45 hours and 52 minutes. Her time shaved almost three hours off the previous women’s supported mark, set by runner Sabrina Stanley in October, 2020 Nolan’s 14 […]

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UTMB: A Fanfare For The Common Runner

Tina Pedersen had just run 171km (106.5 miles) around the Mont Blanc massif. Sweaty, wet and exhausted, her top concern was where her youngest son had wandered off among friends and family who were watching the race. As she was running through the packed streets of Chamonix, France, on Sunday morning with only about 200 […]

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A UTMB Participant Died on Course. Is the Race Too Dangerous?

Les ultra-trails sont-ils devenus dangereux? That’s the question the front-page headline of the Le Dauphiné newspaper posed when it hit newsstands and coffee shops early Wednesday morning in Chamonix, France. Has ultra-distance trail running become dangerous? That’s also among the many questions trail runners around Chamonix were asking Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after […]

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Trail Runner’s Guide to UTMB 2022

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) isn’t just one thing. It’s the Spandex Superbowl, wrapped in Gore-Tex Mardi Gras with a dash of Chafing World Cup. It’s a week-long festival of mountain racing that attracts thousands of runners to Chamonix, France. Mountain athlete Hillary Allen is excited to be back in Chamonix. “For me running UTMB […]

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What the Heck Is a Gravel Running Shoe and Do I Need a Pair?

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 Adventure Review Weight: 8.1 ounces (women’s) / 9.6 ounces (men’s) Stack Height: 26.5-millimeter heel / 17.5-millimeter forefoot / 9-millimeter drop In the cycling world, no one would mistake a mountain bike for a road racer, but, to the untrained eye, it’s hard to tell the difference between a road bike and a […]

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The Summer 2022 Carbon Trail Shoe Roundup

Carbon shoes. Super shoes. In the road running world they’re old news. But in the trail and mountain scene, these metal-plated all-stars are having their moment. And yet for all their hype, for all their ergonomic promise and bionic propulsiveness experienced by marathoners, how well does this shoe tech translate to dirt and mountain?  The […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Uphill Trail Running

At an endurance research conference in England back in 2015, I saw a surprising talk by a guy named Guillaume Millet. Longer races sometimes produce less muscle fatigue, he said. Running inefficiently can be an advantage in some contexts. Sometimes you should walk. The context he was describing was mountain-ultra-trail races like the Ultra-Trail du […]

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