Into the Darkness: Revitalizing Read Realizes Runner’s Revenge

“Never . . . Again . . . Ever . . . ” These three words endurance athletes express time and again after a failure. Author Ryan M. Chukuske relates in his book Into the Darkness such despair may serve … Continue reading

On Natchez Mountain: A Savage 100-Mile Trail Race

What is there, there on Natchez Road?

Sitting quietly . . . a cut in the woods . . . is the  back way in Minnesota’s Murphy-Hanrehan State Park, host of the trail-fest known as the inaugural Savage 100Continue reading

A Cardinal Day: MDRA’s Ron Daws 25K

Perched above the course, confidently viewing the racing below. Photo Wayne Kryduba

A spring blizzard pounded the Twin Cities Friday with northern suburbs counting a new foot of accumulation, putting the Saturday race conditions in doubt. Yet, snow stopped like … Continue reading

Strap on Your Snowshoes… it’s Time for The Yeti

This year marks the biggest Yeti Snowshoe Series in Canada to date since its inception in 2001. Good news for friends on the west coast. The snow has arrived just in time for the season’s opening weekend. Whether a beginner … Continue reading

Are You Gnarly? A Gnarly Recap of the Wild Duluth 100K

What did you spend all day doing last Saturday? Did you do the same exhausting thing all day from sun up to sun down? Oh, and how many miles did you cover? Sorry to disappoint, but miles by motorized vehicle … Continue reading

Feel the Heat – Getting Scorched at the Superior 100 Mile

Who turned the heater on high in the Minnesota arrowhead region just as the 178 runners left the start line on September 6th for the Superior 100-mile trail race?

Runners had numerous breath-taking views all race (Photo by Todd

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The Gnarly Bandit is Shut Out at the Black Hills 100

During the first two runnings (2011 and 2012) of the Black Hills 100 races, the finishing rate of the 100 mile was 35 percent and 40 percent, respectively. That’s even low by ultrarunning standards. The main culprit was the weather, … Continue reading

Heat, Humidity and Screaming Raccoons: Good Times at the Kettle Moraine 100

The 18th running of the Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs, near LaGrange, Wisconsin, staged on June 1-2, was the second race in the 2013 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series, sponsored by Wilderness Athlete Performance Products, offered by Upper Continue reading

Enchanted Trails: New Mexico’s Best Summer Races

New Mexico’s northern mountain ranges offer some of the best snowshoeing in the West during winter months, so it’s no surprise that trail races abound in the Sangres, Jemez and Sandias during summer. Here are five of the toughest – … Continue reading

One Tough Race – 100 miles of Muck at Zumbro

The 2013 Wilderness Athlete Gnarly Bandit Series didn’t start off with a bang, but rather with the semi-quick pitter-patter of footsteps on soft, snow-covered mud. And the more footsteps that landed on the course, the softer the mud became, engulfing … Continue reading

Tuscobia Winter Ultras: Top 10 Reasons NOT to Drop at Any Distance

No matter the span, no matter the race: Whether Tuscobia’s 150, 75 or 35-mile options, running, biking, skiing or snowshoeing like I, time remained on the snow in Northern Wisconsin traipsing those abandoned rail trails where the mind would reverberate, … Continue reading

Speaking of Werewolves, Elves and Clowns – Surf the Murph

Along with being the Land of 10,000 Lakes – the state sustains more than 13,000 but is too nice to admit it – and having habitually occurring nasty winter blizzards, Minnesotans also claim to be “Minnesota Nice.” While it’s not … Continue reading