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When Claudio Castillo started to plan a running event in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, he knew it should honor the country’s deep history of long-distance running. “We wanted … Continue reading "Celebrating the Ultrarunning Ancients"

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Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things… They follow the habits they’ve learned. —Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit As a trail runner, you can do little things  every … Continue reading "Power of Habit"

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KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball Materials: Massage ball is steel, housing is plastic, gel inserts Price: $40 Best Features: Effective at releasing knots in large muscle groups with the hot … Continue reading "First Look: KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball"

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Dragonflies flitted above weary runners lying in the grass within the Placer High School track like forgotten rag dolls. Families braved the heat to support their broken-down kin, bringing water, … Continue reading "Wisdom"

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Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co. Weight: 2 ounces Price: $13 Best Features: All natural, moisturizing, good price Room for Improvement: Would be better in stick-form Territory Run Co. … Continue reading "First Look: Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co."

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Utility Running Belt by Ultimate Direction Materials: Rugged Mesh Weight: 2.25oz/ 64 grams Price: $40 Best Features: Trekking pole holsters, very little bounce, impressive amount of storage capacity, no adjustability. … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Utility Belt by Ultimate Direction"

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Pro photo tip 3/3. From Issue 129 of Trail Runner magazine, the Photo Issue. Randall Levensaler is the Art Director at Trail Runner magazine. Variety is the spice of life. When shooting for … Continue reading "Pro Photo Tip: By Randall Levensaler"

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We’ve all set goals for the year, be they new distances, PRs or big peaks. Now comes the hard part: putting in the miles, logging workouts and setting yourself up … Continue reading "Pro Tips for Your 2018 Training"

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This is not an article about avoiding injury. There are methods to reduce injury risk, for sure. But the only way to truly avoid running-related injury is simple: don’t run. … Continue reading "Injuries are Inevitable, So Cut Yourself Some Slack"

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Sponsored by Albatros Adventure Marathons While running on top of the Great Wall of China last spring, I suddenly feel as if I have been transported into a dream world, … Continue reading "The World’s Most Amazing Race"

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Spot Lite 160 Headlamp Weight: 1.9 ounces Price: $25 Lumens: 160 Best Features: Lightweight, inexpensive, dimming ability, red night vision, waterproof, battery powered (2 AAA), adjustable angle position Room for … Continue reading "First Look: Black Diamond Spot Lite 160 Headlamp"

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We like to assume that increased training translates to better health and, thus, more energy. However, when we increase training for a long race, we are sometimes left feeling lethargic, … Continue reading "Train Smart, Eat Right"

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Unquestionably one of the toughest 5K races in the world, Mount Marathon is as much of a local celebration of Alaskan heartiness as it is a hard-to-enter, bucket-list running spectacle. … Continue reading "Mount Marathon"

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Logan Polfuss embraced adventure and pushed boundaries day-in-and-day out. He preferred taking calculated risks to making empty excuses. But on October 18, 2018, Polfuss had his last earthly adventure. His … Continue reading "Following Skydiving Tragedy, Friends Remember Trail Runner Logan Polfuss"

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Everyone knew this year at Big’s Backyard Ultra was going to be, well, big. Since 2012, Lazarus Lake, the infamous race director who relishes in the pain of others, has … Continue reading "Big’s Backyard Ultra Gets Bigger and Bigger"

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Shola 230 Short Sleeve Crew by Kora Materials: 100% Yak Wool Price: $125.00 Best Features: Socially responsible, warm Room for Improvement: Pricey, slightly scratchy The Shola 230 SS Crew by … Continue reading "First Look: Shola 230 Short Sleeve Crew"

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Though he has since gone on to compete in legendary races like Western States and Hawaii’s HURT, as well as a month of self-supported running in Tasmania, 35-year-old ultrarunner and Arc’teryx … Continue reading "Punishment to Magic"

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Do you remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Test from grade school? If you’re reading this in the U.S., there’s a good chance it brings back memories of having to do … Continue reading "Is Stretching Good or Bad?"

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If you’re a trail runner, you probably have at least heard of the Western States 100. It’s considered the granddaddy of 100s, and whether you have any interest in running … Continue reading "Western States 100"

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Switch Jacket by Mountain Equipment Material: Trunk: 20D RS Nylon outer fabric / Arms, shoulders, side panels: Pontetorto® Tecnopile 187 fleece / Insulation: POLARTEC® Alpha® Weight: 8.6 ounces Price: $77 Best Features: … Continue reading "First Look: Switch Jacket by Mountain Equipment"

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In nearly every issue of Trail Runner magazine, we hold a photography contest called Everyman’s Exposed. We receive submissions from all over the world featuring trails and athletes of every … Continue reading "Everyman’s Exposed Photography Contest Round Up"

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Under a gibbous moon in the dry desert of Kanab, Utah, Jax Mariash climbed, hand over hand, up a pink sand dune. Then another. Then another. She climbed up and … Continue reading "Jax Mariash Continues to Take the Stage"

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Jaybird X4 wireless headphones Weight: 0.5 ounces Charging: 10 minutes of charge = 1 hour playtime. 1.5 hours of charge = 6 hours playtime. Price: $130 Best Features: Great sound quality, lightweight, … Continue reading "First Look: Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones"

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Halo V Sweatband Headband Material: 100% Dryline fabric with Velcro closure Price: $17 Best Features: Compact, doesn’t move, absorbs sweat from your brow so it doesn’t get in your eyes, comfortable. Room … Continue reading "First Look: Halo Sweatband Headband"

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Who among us hasn’t looked at winners atop a podium with a twinge of envy? Here’s some good news: There’s a path to those hallowed steps that doesn’t involve months … Continue reading "Awards for the Rest of Us"

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Life isn’t easy with two perfect eyes. Wonder doesn’t have two perfect eyes. His left eye has no vision; his right is mostly blind–just enough for a sliver of shadows … Continue reading "4 Lessons from a Blind Superdog"

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Crowds flocked to the small town of Keswick in northern England Sunday, July 8, to watch Kilian Jornet break the most famous and arguably the toughest record in British fell … Continue reading "Kilian Smashes Bob Graham Record"

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You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I agree—it can make or break your day, and workout. Have you ever eaten the wrong … Continue reading "Nail Breakfast"

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The allure of Hot Springs, Arkansas, is not just the hot springs. It’s that wherever you are, there’s a trail nearby. I was able to hop onto the Sunset Trail via … Continue reading "Trails, History and Hot Springs"

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Running uphill can be pretty darn horrible. The social-media accounts of professional runners (or even normal people with very short memories) may claim that running up steep grades is “awesome” … Continue reading "Tips for Uphill Running"

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Rekovr Shoes by Topo Athletic Weight: 7.5 oz Drop: 3mm Stack Height: 22mm (heel) / 19mm (forefoot) Sizing Accuracy: True to size Price: $100 Best Features: Comfortable, supportive Room for … Continue reading "First Look: Topo Athletic Rekovr Shoes"

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From Umm Qais, cloudless biblical views stretch out over the Sea of Galilee, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights. One can see Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and, on a good … Continue reading "Running Through History"

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This three-day course puts you in the field under the watchful eye of trail running’s top pro shooters. Learn the tricks of lighting, composition, getting in position, anticipating movement and … Continue reading "2018 Trail Runner Photo Camp"

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22 hours 6 seconds after the starting gun went off, the Canadian runner Chelsey Topping, 36, crossed the finish line of the Lost Soul Ultra in her hometown of Lethbridge, … Continue reading "477.78 Miles to the Alps"

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