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Ultramarathon and Trail Running Daily News | Tue, Nov 12

GearJunkie: Backcountry fires law firm, drops all lawsuits, and starts rebuilding relationships after the copyright fiasco. Fantastic news! Nice work, everyone!

TrailRunner Mag/Roche: Get your sex life back in order and take a rest day from training.

Gear: Daniel Rowland digs into more trekking/running pole advice. Combined with Koop’s posts on how and why to use them, you should have all your questions answered.

Trailrunner Mag: Black and whites from Larry Gassan’s exhibits. I really like Cat Bradley’s WS shot and some of those from Deadman’s Bench at AC100.

When asked how she kept her focus throughout her training and during the race, Maggie said, “I knew I could win. I kept this in mind in training until I was totally consumed by it. I knew it was truth. That truth never wavered and I kept that single minded focus the entire race.”

More on Maggie Guterl’s training and win at Big’s.

Anxious to see how this turns out. Obstacle Racing Media‘s Matt B. Davis (URP interviews here and here) posted information about a mud, bubble, and light “experience” race company that turned out to not be 100% accurate, and now that company is suing him for half a million bucks. Any lawyers want to weigh in?

Ultrarunning History: Some incredible stories of ultramarathon-level hikes and marches from WW2. I’m loving Davy’s writing and story telling and hope he keeps it up.

Mario’s Morning Shakeout from this week.

Pure, unadulterated van porn.

YouTube: Fam clicks off a WR 3:58 mile on a treadmill to celebrate his 41st birthday.

The entrants list for Western States 2020 is coming together nicely. You in?

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Mon, Nov 11

IRF: No major races this past weekend, but Justin still brings all the results from the trail and ultramarathon scene.
Hot takes:
-Bev Abbs winning Lake Chabot outright. She’d 51 and keeps getting tougher.
-Not mentioned, but Zach Ornelas made a run for Jim Walmsley’s 50M record at Tunnel Hill but DNFed with stomach issues at mile 41 in 4:20 elapsed. He’ll try again soon.
-Upchuck 50k sounds interesting. Only two aid stations?

For the first time in maybe eight years, I won’t be making it to North Face Endurance Championships this weekend.
After a season of Sunny sitting on the sidelines with her busted (and recovering) arm, she is finally able to play in the final soccer game of the season and I don’t want to miss it. Of course her game is this Saturday morning.
Yes, FOMO will be in full effect. Have fun at the Deuce everyone.

The e-gaming world undertands how to dissuade cheating. Why’s it so hard for other sports to institute such a policy?

Monday Funny: Nike Publicist Prepares for Another Awesome Week at Work.

Short on time? Neel offers up a few tips on time management and ultramarathon training.

We’ve got a lot of Veterans in our community and they’re some of the best running partners out there. Experience, safety, and endless stories for the trails.
Big thanks to Veterans and their families on this holiday.

Eric Lee takes us on a 46 mile run up and around Mt. Rainier. Wow, that’s gorgeous!

Here are the top five finalists for IAAF “Male World Athlete of the Year.” And I guess this is the women’s list?

Run Spirited: Madison Hart seems to have all the ingredients for a successful career on the trails. Anxious to see what she does in 2020.

Anxious to read this new book about coaching young girls.
It’ll be fascinating to watch how or if anything changes in the future. My guess is that rec and non-elite coaches will be more aware of issues but that most elite coaches and athletes won’t change. You?

Marathon Investigations: Derek writes about why we shouldn’t always believe the headlines and/or words from influencers.

YouTube: Nick Symonds tests out a pair of Nike 4%s and cuts them open. Good info and perspective.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Friday, Nov 8

Ultrarunning Mag: Larry Gassan’s large format post-race photographs from Western States will be exhibited at CSU Channel Islands starting soon.
That picture of Kaci and Stephanie gets me every time…Hear more about their incredible journey right here.

Semi-Rad: Brendan writes about doing what he loves, loving what he does, and the realities of having a job.

Treeline Journal: Three easy tips to take your running to the next level.

iRunFar: North Face Endurance Championships Mens and Women’s Previews. I dunno, just not feeling the excitement about it this year.

On the heels of the Mary Cain story this week, a Japanese Ekiden coach is busted for verbally and physically abusing boys on his team.
Similar subjects with one main difference: The school apologized and took responsibility for the indiscretions of their employee.

YouTube/Economist: Doping in athletics and why it can’t be stopped.

Another season starts where I regret not getting into cyclocross riding and racing. First step, get a proper bike.

Short day at URP HQ. Gotta go run. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Thurs, Nov 7

Scott Dunlap: Truly the end of an era for me. When I started running trails and subsequently started URP with Scotty Sandow, Scott Dunlap’s A Trail Runner’s Blog was the resource for great race reports, “synchro blogs” that covered hot issues affecting our community, interviews with compelling characters, and product reviews from a guy who really understands the consumer market. Scott was also instrumental in mentoring us as our site grew, and now as he’s shuttering his blog, we’re reminded that the Golden Age of independent blogs and discussion is further behind us on the trails.

Daily Mail: Watch your step when running backcountry trails in Hawai’i.

While far from an “everyman”, this Ethiopian guy paid for his entry at NYC Marathon, started well behind the elites, then finished third and left with $40k. Rad.

Sherpa John’s podcast: An hour long rant about why our opinions regarding the MUT scene don’t matter. I understand a lot of his underlying points, but am completely lost on the overall consistency and hypocrisy of the message.

NYT: Take a few minutes and read this incredible story about Mary Cain and her experience with AlSal and NOP. And as important as it is to us, it’s vital that young runners and parents get the message.

IRF/Liza Howard: Maybe it’s not cool to focus on his age, but holy cow, at 48, Jeff Browning is absolutely killing it. Liza digs into Bronco Billy’s quirks, motivations, and thoughts about being an “aging athlete’ in this silly sport of ours.

ADN: In the near future, there may be a vast trail system in the Alaskan backcountry with huts and refugios. Looks incredible!

Forbes: Maybe you’re not ready to go full NA, but here’s a low-cal beer you should check out.

The Trail Sisters review some overnight fast packing gear.

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Ultramarathon Daily News | Tue, Nov 5

I’ve spent a significant amount of my morning perusing through pics of “concealed outhouses”, vomit, religious “virgens”, lost animals, and random trashcans, all methodically curated and categorized on Rickey Gates’ latest website

IRF/Nichols: Do you have a mantra for when things get tough? New IRF contributor Alex Nichols writes about the importance of self talk right this way.

Newsweek: You’re running on the trails in beautiful Monterey, California, and you feel something in your eye. A freaking worm falls out, then another. Turns out it’s a bunch of parasitic Cattle Eye Worms. This is nightmare scenario stuff, right? trademarks the term “backcountry” and goes on litigation frenzy against anyone who uses it. I’m not familiar with the details, but it certainly seems like they created an unnecessary amount of drama for themselves. The story has similarities to the guy who trademarked “Grand Slam of Ultrarunning” and threatened to sue anyone who used it. That story is here.

LetsRun: XC geeks, what do you think about this? State meet takes top two teams, then top ten individual qualifiers not from those teams. Five of those individual qualifiers were from one team, and they ended up with the low overall score. Did they win the team event? I don’t have an answer, but I love the idea and the passion of the girls.

Didya listen to our latest interview with Sabrina Stanley? She overcame a LOT to stand on the podium at the technical and competitive Diagonale Des Fous…you’ve got to hear her whole story.

Japan Running News: Top Japanese Yuta Shitara makes it clear he’ll forgo the 2020 Olympics for a fat payday at Tokyo Marathon, saying this:

“That’s my priority. I’m running it for the money. The MGC Race didn’t have any prize money, and I’m living right now because I can run. It takes money to run.”

To put that in a bit of MUT context, watch as our community deals with these sorts of issues in the near future. Spartan has plans to buy up established trail/ultra races next year, and it’s my understanding they’ll come along with decent paydays–substantial payouts in a few instances. When those dates and races intersect with existing prestige races not offering prize money (WS, HR, Leadville, JFK), will athletes choose a buckle and small win bonus from their sponsor, or will they go for the big payday like Shitara is doing?

We interviewed Gary Allen a long time ago about some of his big runs in New England and my fascination with one of the races he directed, the Great Cranberry Island 100 miler. Then he planned a new race that he hoped would bring people to a freezing town in Maine that’s experiencing some serious economic woes. No entry fee, but instead, he asked runners to spend their money locally. Year two is coming up and the great experiment seems to be working. Cool story!

Yahoo: Turns out running is good for you and will help you live longer.

How fast is Kipchoge? A whole bunch of runners met on a track and ran individual relay legs of 200m to try to best his time.

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