Wilderness Athlete Puts Bounty on Gnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series

Now Wilderness Athlete is again leading the way with a $500 bounty for finishers in the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series. Here’s how to get your share:

Performance discoveries and formulas for athletic improvements occur in the wild, just where the Wilderness Athlete group spends their time — when they’re not in the lab. Now Wilderness Athlete is again leading the way with a $500 bounty for finishers in the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series.

They are stepping up big-time
with a new cash dime
for those who venture far into
Gnarly Bandit’s Ultra Trail sublime.

Become part of a new model for ultra trail series — winning cash for finishing the races — engineered by Wilderness Athlete performance foods out of their lab think tanks in Arizona and Minnesota.

The Wilderness Athlete Gnarly Bandit covers a series of gruesome, grisly Midwest 100 kilometer and 100-mile trail ultras. Its third year of adding misery to memories and demonic desperation to an otherwise normal life is yours to be had by entering and officially finishing this macabre schedule:

(NOTE: The Zumbro 100 start 4/9/11! — join and enter now)

Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run
Zumbro Falls, MN – 04/08/2011

Kettle Moraine 100 Mile / 100 Km
Eagle, WI – 06/04/2011

Black Hills 100 Mile / 100 Km  
Sturgis, SD – 06/25/2011

Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile
Lutsen, MN – 09/09/2011

Wild Duluth 100 Km
Duluth, MN – 10/15/2011

There they are . . . the few, the proud, and the unseen . . . as in unseen difficulties attacking your chances to finish, unknown plans interrupting your race schedule. Then, there are roots, rocks, ruts, rugged routes, ruthless races, rough rapids, radical racers, rare repairs, rabid rutabaga . . . rabid rutabaga?

The movie, Silence of the Lambs, opens with a sign nailed to a tree with these words: Pain, agony, hurt . . . love it. You get all of that and more trail loving compliments of Mr. Gnarly Bandit, a fantastical cowboy of a fella out ridin’ fences, trying to come to his senses. He will be writing you in his own way after each event — special messages only for Gnarly Bandit entrants. Join Gnarly, be gnarly, live gnarly.

He only has one message for you now: “I ain’t being kind to no ‘body.” You see, if all fail to finish, he doesn’t have to kick in the Wilderness Athlete booty. He will just slip it in his boot and add it to the 2012 treasure chest — it is only for the best.

Wilderness Athlete Performance Products can fuel your adventure with their extensive group of specialized trail foods for your selection. WA is the nutritional authority on outdoor performance nutrition, bar none, particularly at the Bar Gnarly Bandit Ranch.

Quick, handle some iron — a branding iron.

Founder Mark Paulsen a University Director of athletic performance for more than a quarter-of-a-century explains, “We address the need of quality nutrition for the outdoor industry with a platform of unique products. Wilderness Athlete stands alone in offering the industry’s only full line of nutrition bars, gels, hydration drinks, energy drinks, and multi-vitamins.”

They’re delicious, too. Who needs strawberries on their ice cream when there’s WA’s Mountain Berry like used in the above photo.

Paulsen’s discoveries came from a key question: “Why hasn’t the science of sports nutrition mainstream been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor athlete? After all, there are no locker rooms or timeouts on wilderness trails, deep forests, and the backcountry.”

Years of constant, steady development has now earned WA the title of the nutritional authority for enhancing the outdoor experience — and now the title sponsor for the gnarliest trail series in the land.

The pot o’ gold splits equally among each finisher of the series, with the Gnarly Bandit ‘his self’ ruling on any questions. Join the Upper Midwest Trail Runners Trail Series for $20, and indicate you are entering the series (all of their series are free to members).

After each scheduled event, you email your status in that event to the series director . . . that’s right, me.

You run 500 miles and kilometers in these events then celebrate at the Upper Midwest Trail Runner’s Annual November Awards Fest. In addition, Wilderness Athlete features you on their web home at the finish, while receiving special prizes along the way.

Wilderness Athlete asks, “Where is your wilderness?”

You have just found it . . . the rough realm known as the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series.

Wilderness Athlete Performance Products: www.wildernessathlete.com

Gnarly Bandit Trail Series http://www.umtr.net/trail-series/gnarly-bandit-ultra-series/

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Phillip Gary Smith, Senior Editor, published "The 300-Mile Man" about Roberto Marron's historic doubling of the Tuscobia 150 mile endurance snow run. He publishes "iHarmonizing Competition" on various forms of competition, including drag racing, his favorite motorsport. Earlier, he wrote "HARMONIZING: Keys to Living in the Song of Life" as a manual for life with chapters such as Winning by Losing, Can God Pay Your Visa Bill?, and a young classic story, The Year I Met a Christmas Angel. His book, "Ultra Superior," is the first written on the Superior Trail ultra-distance events. He mixes writing with his profession--the venture capital world--a dying art. He is a creator of CUBE Speakers, a group espousing themes in "HARMONIZING: Keys" in a unique way. Currently, he has two books in the works.
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