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Welcome to Part 2 in our series designed to motivate and inspire you in 2019. Next up: How to Prepare for an FKT.  –– It’s the start of a new year. As runners we’re busy conceiving new goals and challenges to motivate us in training and racing. Targeting and preparing for specific events will certainly […]

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As athletes we spend a lot of time thinking about weekly mileage, training load, diet and how to fit it all in with work and friendships and family and spouses and, and, and the list goes on! Many of us prioritize running so the notion of resolutions, specifically at the start of the year, is […]

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Among our ambassadors, Anna Frost is joining people like Jenny Jurek, Emma Roca, Tara Warren, Jessie Young and Michelle Yates in becoming a professional athlete with kids. A hallmark of Anna’s career has been her willingness to race and travel almost constantly. So how does a person used to the flexibility of taking off on […]

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Running is boring. Dreadfully. At least that’s what a young Gina Lucrezi thought when she imagined plugging away mile after mile, measuring time in worn layers of rubber and sweat. This was before becoming a collegiate All-American (10 times). Before becoming a collegiate national champion in the 1500 meter. Before the 10k’s and the half […]

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Ultimate Direction ambassadors took a clean sweep last weekend at Steamboat, Colorado’s Run Rabbit Run 100 miler. We won the men’s race with Jason Schlarb and won the women’s race with Michele Yates. Right behind her in second was Emma Roca. Here are the Ultimate Direction products these ambassadors wore with some comments about the […]

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Ultimate Direction Ambassador Karel Sabbe today has set a new supported fastest known time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail, breaking Scott Jurek and Karel Meltzer’s by 5 and 4 days, respectively. After sleeping about 100 miles from the finish on the night of August 26, 2018 Karel ran all day on the 27th and through the […]

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The typical Colorado Front Range trailrunner seems to operate off a fairly standard summer bucket list: High Lonesome, Pawnee Buchanan, Four Pass and a smattering of peaks that usually stem from these routes. There’s nothing wrong with these routes – they’re absolutely classics for many reasons: banger views, well-trodden trails and accessible enough that you […]

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The Mosquito-Tenmile Range Traverse has been in the “Incredible Things to Attempt” queue of my head since I’ve read, and reread Peter Bakwin’s own attempts at the line. Starting from Weston Pass at the southern end of the range, the goal is to make it to Frisco, Colorado following the very prominent ridgeline that continues […]

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Story by Eric Carter: Ultimate Direction Ambassador, Ski Mountaineer, Alpinist and Mountain Runner I’ll never be a cutting edge climber or alpinist. I just don’t climb that hard. I’ll also never be a world class pure endurance athlete. All that leaves me is to search out a niche that requires the use of my endurance on […]

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Adventure racing is a complicated sport. You are navigating a course while participating in disciplines like running, trekking, mountain biking, paddling and whatever else the organizer might find fun and challenging. Your task is to get from one place to another, taking in the checkpoints printed on your route map. The races can last a couple […]

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We’re excited to be working with professional runner and obstacle course racer Rea Kolbl. After finishing her graduate program at Stanford she decided to move to Boulder to pursue a pro career full time. She’s charging hard and turning heads and we’re excited to have her on our ambassador team. We’re only a few months […]

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Adam Campbell joined the UD Ambassador Team officially this year but we have been friends and fans of his for a long time. He has been touring the U.S. this spring behind his chilling and inspirational short film “In Constant Motion.” Beautifully shot in British Columbia and the San Juan Mountains, the film follows Adam’s […]

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Krissy Moehl doesn’t stop. The ultrarunning icon is as busy as ever, running, traveling, racing and directing. This winter she trained diligently – usually with dog Piedra by her side – for China’s Gaoligong 100 mile (which she won!) before returning to her home in Washington almost immediately to direct the Chuckanut 50K. Krissy has […]

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Trail runners around Utah (and all over the country on Instagram) know Tara Warren, the ultra-enthusiastic, always-on-the-move mom who, in any weather (good, bad or ugly), shows the world what it takes to be a committed athlete. A multiyear UD ambassador, …

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Many of us are searching for an adventure on our own two feet. Maybe it’s a race, maybe it isn’t. In the end what we want is exploration, challenge and a good time. Here’s where fastpacking comes in. The “Highest Hundred” project’s Justin Simoni calls fastpacking “the space …

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New UD ambassador Kyle Richardson is a young, hungry athlete who spends more time running Boulder’s Green Mountain and scrambling the First Flatiron (and many more Flatiron classics) than nearly anyone else in town. He’s motivated by the big, classic routes, …

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Ambassadors Trip Report Andy Dorais bike packing Canyonlands Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky Mesa White Rim White Rim in a Day WRAID

We are VERY excited to announce that mountain running icon Anna Frost has joined the Ultimate Direction ambassador team . She needs little introduction, but just in case: Anna is one of the world’s most accomplished mountain and ultra trail runners …

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Did you see the January/February 2018 cover of Outside magazine? If so, you’ll recognize our newest ambassador; it’s Spartan Race World Champion and World’s Toughest Mudder winner Amelia Boone! Amelia is known for a commanding string of wins and podium …

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By Silke Koester   I am deeply troubled by the arguments that I continually hear and see on social media about why it’s justifiable for races to offer women less recognition/prizes than men. This has come up most recently in the debate against the unequal male/female podium offerings by the Glen Coe Skyline race but...

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By Erin Brown We all know how much more women are scrutinized over their bodies and appearance in the media. We have all been subject to some type of comparison at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from our own minds or from someone else’s. We obsess over what we eat and have often...

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By Silke Koester We often read race reports from runners to glean some insight into their training, race prep and race execution. These reports usually include a shout out to their awesome support crew. However, we rarely get a glimpse into what it actually takes to be an awesome support crew. Just like the runner,...

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By Deserae Clarke It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service Recently I’ve had two separate experiences that I think many other women in our sport have encountered, unequal recognition and celebration as compared with our male peers.  They were minor incidents, but...

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By: Silke Koester   ♫ Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make this moment last. ♫   I find myself humming along to Simon & Garfunkel as I hike up the steep steps of Fern Canyon in Boulder. It’s been months since I’ve actually run this trail or even hit “start” on...

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By: Katelynn Wagner Ultra-running is my thing, I identify as a trail runner, my friends and family describe me as a (crazy) runner, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without running in my life in some capacity. I am constantly trying to get the people around me to “drink the Kool-Aid” and...

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By Sandi Nypaver Together, we have the power to make all of the changes we want to see happen. That’s the thought I was left with after leading a panel discussion about women’s issues in the sport of MUT running with Cat Bradley, Clare Gallagher, Gina Lucrezi, Silke Koester, Ryan Smith, and Sage Canaday.  ...

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By Lisa Perky I’ve mentioned before that running is a time of meditation and centering for me, and I believe that to be true of many of us. Even when we choose to run in a group, we’ve usually chosen that group because it allows us, or even stimulates us, to be reflective, positive, and...

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By Lauren Keller It’s been a year since I crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon. When I finished, I started sobbing in utter defeat. What I would learn several months later through blood work would shed light on the horrible race I had. But, in the moment, that day in Boston- April 18,...

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By: Deserae Clarke   “Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers, so mothers be good to your daughters too” – John Mayer   Girls today are constantly bombarded by images of what girls and women should look like, no different from when I was young, or my mom, or her mom.  I can remember some...

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By Sophie Speidel A Trail Runner’s Companion Review Back in January, our local trail running store, Crozet Running, partnered with the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners to provide a 16-week 50K training program for first time ultrarunners. CR’s John Andersen designed the training plan, and we kicked off the training cycle with over 50 folks crammed into...

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by Lisa Perky My husband likes to say “everything happens for a reason.” I like to imagine punching him in the face, because that saying is the LEAST HELPFUL THING EVER when times are weird. I don’t say “tough,” because my life hasn’t ever been truly “tough,” I’ve just had some “what the hells?” here...

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by Katelynn Wagner When people find out I pay to run 50 miles and call it fun, they usually slide my name over into the “crazy friend” column very quickly, but that’s because they don’t understand. They have never caught the early morning sunrise peeking through the tree tops to greet them at mile 15....

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Charlottesville, Virginia By: Sophie Speidel I live with my family in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Charlottesville is located in the central part of the state, just 20 miles east of the southern Shenandoah National Park (SNP) and the Appalachian Trail. We are also 10 minutes from the hamlet of Crozet, which sits at the...

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Part 2   If you missed Par 1, click here. by Deserae Clarke In my last post I talked about the differences between my two favorite athletic events, Spartan races and ultra trail races.  This post I’m going to focus more on their similarities.  I think the similarities are stronger, though perhaps not as noticeable...

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by Katelynn Wagner I never realized how much being a part of a community of runners mattered until I moved away from mine. I had always been under the impression that I would do just fine as a solo runner, but I found out otherwise when I moved 13 hours away from my running home...

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by Sandi Nypaver Why 2016 was a great year in women’s trail running and how 2017 can be even better. “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” -Maggie Kuhn  I can still remember the first time I heard that quote. I was in college sitting in on a free lecture given by award winning...

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by Sophie Speidel   Last week I managed to persuade a group of new running friends to try the “12 Days of Christmas” track workout, which Pam Smith posted on Facebook last year. It goes like this: 1st Day: 1 push-up 2nd  Day: 200 at 5k pace (then back to Day 1) 3rd Day: 3...

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by Deserae Clarke   Feature Image: Holistic Hayley I have always been an independent person.  I don’t like asking for help, I like doing things on my own.  I also happen to be vegan.  For me the combination has worked out because as a vegan in a land of meat eaters you might end up...

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by Silke Koester   I travel quite a bit around the country for my job bringing educators together to visit the most innovative K-12 schools that are reimagining public education to better meet the needs of the most underserved population of students. We want to give all kids an equitable chance to succeed in learning...

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by Lauren Keller   “Wherever you are- be all there.” –Jim Elliot Tears welled up in my eyes as I re-read my note: words of encouragement, love, and support to a dear friend about to run a huge race. I am sappy and get emotional about these things. She had put countless hours and miles...

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by Lynne Petre   If you look around the Internet with keywords like ‘outdoor’ and ‘adventure’, you’re likely to find photos of vans converted into tiny living spaces, digital nomads taking their life on the road to roam. There are beautiful photos in epic, remote locations and it’s easy to get swept up and think that...

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by Deserae Clarke   The Spartan Ultra-Runner: Part 1 I’ve always been one to look for a challenge.  There’s just something I find enjoyable about setting up a difficult goal, and then planning and working hard to accomplish it. I’ve most recently focused on trail ultras and Spartan races.  This July I completed my Spartan...

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by Jennifer Love “She’s asking for it.” The statement was boldly exclaimed during a Trail Sisters presentation where the issue of safety was being covered, nonetheless. There we were in a safe space where women were given the platform of opportunity to openly discuss the impact of sisterhood in sport. To discuss the issues and...

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by Sandi Nypaver   There she was! Finally! After recklessly bombing down from 13,000 feet back to 9,000 feet, I was closing in on the 3rd place woman. I was in 4th place with a half mile to go and wanted that spot on the podium. I made my move and pulled ahead by a...

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by Lynn Petre We live in a culture that expects us to upgrade to the next iPhone as soon as its released, suggests we need to drive to work every day and that breakfast should come from individually wrapped packages for busy life on the go. The average American generates approximately 4.3 pounds of garbage...

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by Silke Koester Stand tall. Hands on hips. Look forward with conviction. Now hold it. Do you feel more powerful? Stronger? Braver? Taking up space can help us feel strong in order to have the confidence to face challenges head on with courage, pride and determination. But we can we also find greatness in being...

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by: Tara Eckenrode There was a night in February where my life hit rock bottom. I was curled up, sobbing on the shower floor of a grimy hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Crushed with the heavy-handed realization that as painful as I thought ending my marriage was going to be, it was going to get...

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by Sophie Speidel Last December, I spent my 53rd birthday finishing my tenth Hellgate 100K. That race, which starts at midnight in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in the middle of December, is my favorite ultra. Over the years, I learned how to run it smarter, faster, and more courageously, so the time seems...

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by Deserae Clarke It’s a little after 5 am and I’m part way into my first set of burpees.  As I go down into my push-up, I watch a dust bunny scutter further back into the space between the bookshelf and the tub that holds various pieces of workout equipment for the family. From this...

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by Katelynn Wagner Being lovers of all things outdoors, we know how much connecting with nature helps us cope with our modern (not so nature centered) lifestyles. But all too often we forget that our children have that same need, even if they can’t express it. Being submerged in nature provides infinite benefits to children....

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