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

The Feat of Three: Record Number Triumph Over the Gnarly Bandit

Feat (noun)  1. a noteworthy or extraordinary act or achievement, usually displaying boldness, skill, etc.: Not succumbing to the Gnarly Bandit is a feat.

Back in April of this year, fifteen accomplished ultra runners toed the line for the first … Continue reading

A Mountain Life: Trail Running in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

I breathe in. I breathe out. In. Out. In. These breaths come so quickly and forcefully that I sound as if I’m in the throes of an asthma attack. Or maybe I’m a pig that’s found the perfect wallowing mud. … Continue reading

The Beauty and Challenge of the Fall Superior Trail Races

Fall on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota contends for one of the most gorgeous places in the upper Midwest. That being said, what better time and place for ultra running races. This year’s running of the Fall Continue reading

Here’s How to Start Trail Racing: Harmon Farms 10 Mile

Contemplating how to add trail racing to your snowshoe racing and road racing calendar? Here’s how: pick an event like the Harmon Farms 10 Mile, enter, and go at it. If you’re not yet ready or confident for the … Continue reading

Finishers Defy the Odds at the Black Hills 100

Let’s say the forecast is mid 90’s with full sun and not a cloud in sight – what do you want to do? I know, let’s go run 100 miles! Oh, and let’s not make it that easy. Let’s throw … Continue reading

Ontario’s Georgian Triangle Runners Focus on Changing the Face of Endurance Sports

A new group in this small town in Southern Ontario will be hitting the ground running.

The Georgian Triangle Runners is looking to change the face of endurance sports in the south end of Georgian Bay one foot at a … Continue reading

The Inaugural Met Con Blue a Blazing Success

This was a race that left many people singing the Blues.

The first Met Con Blue Adventure Race was held last weekend in Ontario’s Blue Mountains with more than 1,000 participants.

The event was billed as the “most insane five … Continue reading

The Ultimate Thwarting of the Gnarly Bandit in the Kettle Moraine 100s

If you were talking to a veteran ultra runner, bringing up a recent running of the Kettle Moraine 100s would remind them of lightning, torrential rains, heat, and/or hoards of mosquitoes. However, for the 17th running of the Kettle Moraine Continue reading

Met Con Blue Adventure Race

What’s being billed as the “most insane five kilometre mountain adventure race on the planet” is about to hit you out of the wild blue yonder.

The first Met Con Blue race will be held Saturday, June 2 in Ontario’s … Continue reading