Running Archive

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Leor Pantilat - Alta Peak in Winter

Leor Pantilat - Alta Peak in Winter

Friday, November 1, 2013
When I climbed Alta Peak in September I knew that I had to return to see the spectacular view in the winter. Alta Peak is located in Sequoia National Park in the Southern High Sierra and is accessed from Wolverton. Winter Alta Peak is actually a different point along the ridge from the traditional summit at the end of the Alta Peak Trail.

Tiva Ames - Breakout Athlete

Tiva Ames - Breakout Athlete

Monday, April 29, 2013
After a decisive victory at the 2013 Canine Classic, Tiva Ames's consistent performances could no longer go unnoticed.  La Sportiva had a chance to catch up with Tiva and her partner, La Sportiva Athlete Andy Ames, after the event.

Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 mile – Race Report

Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 Mile – Race Report

Thursday, February 14, 2013

To say that the Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 miler didn’t go exactly as planned is somewhat of an understatement. I guess it comes down to you can’t tame the north, but the north can sure as hell tame you.

Alison Bryant - Mountain Cup Top 10

Alison Bryant - Mountain Cup Top 10

Friday, June 15, 2012

$25,000 in prize money.  But note that this is only the Number Ten reason to do the Mountain Cup...

Ellen Parker - The Bear 100

Ellen Parker - The Bear 100

Monday, April 30, 2012

On Friday September 23rd, 2011 at 6am I would embark on a journey I had begun just 3 times before and had finished only twice before. A 100-mile endurance run is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Perhaps having had 3 previous experiences to weigh on my nerves was a good thing.

Sean Blanton - AT Speed Record Attempt

Sean Blanton - AT Speed Record Attempt

Monday, April 23, 2012
According to the Awol Guide the Appalachian Trail is now 2,184.2 miles long for 2012. Each year diversions etc add a bit of distance to it. Just like Everest grows taller each year the AT grows longer. So the easiest time to do it is now. Not when you cash in your 401k.

Tim Long - C-Lite 2.0 Review

Tim Long - C-Lite 2.0 Review

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
In what is becoming one of my all-time favorite running shoes, the La Sportiva C-lite 2.0 (formerly the "Crosslite 2.0") just about has it all: great fit, comfort, cushion, traction, relative lightness, and a simplicity that even my old Montrail Highlanders would be proud of, all wrapped up in a stylish design that says, "I'm serious.  Accept it."

Bronwyn Morrissey - Bhutan

Bronwyn Morrissey - Bhutan

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Bhutan to do an expedition with my husband and some other trekkers. The trip itself was a chance of a lifetime. Because there is only one airport and one airline with limited flights, this isolated country is hard to reach.

Raptors on the Inca Trail

Raptors on the Inca Trail

Monday, August 22, 2011

I just finished a six day trek on the Inca Trail with Peruvian Olympian Roberto Carcelen and World Champion cross-country skier Martin Koukal.  The two of them were using Peru's vast network of Andean mountain trails as some extreme training for the upcoming ski season.  I was coming along just for the adventure.

Jenny Capel - 1 Month After San Diego 100

Jenny Capel - 1 Month After San Diego 100

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It’s amazing to me to think a month has already passed since San Diego 100. I have an under 24 hour belt buckle laying on my dresser as a reminder of the 20:20 spent traversing the spectacular trails of the PCT, Anza-Borrega desert, Cuyamacas, and mt. Laguna.

Leor Pantilat - Runner's High

Leor Pantilat - Runner's High

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The technical definition of a “runner’s high” or the “endorphin rush” is the release of endorphins and other chemicals brought on by pain, exertion, danger, or other forms of stress. In most runners it occurs after strenuous exercise at an intense threshold for a prolonged period and usually entails varying degrees of pain and suffering to get there...

Jason Bryant - Sheep Don't Care

Jason Bryant - Sheep Don't Care

Saturday, July 16, 2011
This is a long post, but it's worth it... maybe.  Our moms will read it... maybe.  Anyway my race recap, then Alison's.  It has sheep in it, but they don't care.

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 Final Countdown

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 Final Countdown

Friday, July 1, 2011
The big day is almost here. It is Monday evening. I got up here to Incline Village in Lake Tahoe on Saturday afternoon. Did my last longish run yesterday with my friend Heeva from the SLO Trail Runner’s. Checked out the course and ran the first 5 and last 7 miles of the course. A lot of snow melted since my last visit 2 weeks ago. The consistent heat made it happen. Also a lot of the downed trees have been cut and removed. At least on the parts of the course that we went on. All great news.

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 3 Weeks to Go

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 3 Weeks to Go

Sunday, June 26, 2011
It is Monday evening and TRT 100 is coming up in 19 days. I just got back from a week in Lake Tahoe, to run some on the TRT course, hang out and get inspired at Western States 100. Another week of good training with a 104 miles. This was the last week of a 12 week training cycle to get ready for TRT 100. I ran 1224 miles in the last 12 weeks, my goal was 1200. That is 102 miles average over 12 weeks, my lowest week was 73 and the highest was 139. I feel strong, healthy and ready to go. I am confident to race. I know the course, I love the course and I have put in all the work needed to put together a great 100 miler. I just need to go out and do it.

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 4 Weeks to Go

Thomas Reiss - TRT 100 4 Weeks to Go

Monday, June 20, 2011
Less than 4 weeks left to the start of the 2011 Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run. I put in all the needed training (averaging 100+ mile weeks) for the last 11 weeks with one more week left of training and then a 3 week taper.

Jared Campbell - Poco 50 Race Report

Jared Campbell - Poco 50 Race Report

Friday, June 10, 2011
"You know we're flirting with death given the time of year we hold the race, right?" stated my good buddy Ryan McDermott, on the Thursday before the 2010 Pocatello 50. This race is quickly becoming known as one of the toughest 50 mile mountain running event in the country. Held over Memorial Day weekend in the mountains just outside of Pocatello (Idaho) this translates to "come prepared for anything" type running. The weather in Idaho this time of year is volatile to say the least.

Alison Bryant - Cup Crazy

Alison Bryant - Cup Crazy

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Yes, I did spend a grand total of 20.5 hours in Montana last weekend to run the Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run.  Yes, with the 2 hour drive to the airport, 3 flights to get from North Carolina to Montana, and the same to get back home, I spent much more time traveling than in the state of Montana.  But it was worth the trip, I had a great time.

Ellen Parker - Enchantments

Ellen Parker - Enchantments

Monday, May 16, 2011

If there is a place on this planet we call Earth that reminds me of what a different planet may look like or even better if there is a place where little elves and gnomes may exist, it could be here: The Enchantment Lakes in Wenatchee National Forest.

Adam Gifford - Economics and Shoes

Adam Gifford - Economics and Shoes

Monday, March 28, 2011
As a running specialty store owner I make it a point to read as many shoe reviews as I can. The challenge with reading shoe reviews (or any other product reviews) is that it can be difficult to ascertain the difference between an objective product review and a sales pitch.

Adam Gifford - Running with Your Better Half

Adam Gifford - Running with Your Better Half

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I am lucky enough to have found a girl who will run ultras with me (of course since I run ultras some may say that I am simply lucky enough to have found a girl at all). We run about 10 ultras a year together. Now when I say “together” I don’t mean that we just run the same races, I mean that we run every step of each race TOGETHER. If this is something that you have been considering then here is a brief list of the pros and cons of racing with your other half.

Mark Tanaka - 2011 HURT 100

Mark Tanaka - 2011 HURT 100

Friday, January 21, 2011
Last year it was new teammate and fellow San Francisco Bay Area resident Nathan Yanko who represented the Mountain Running Team at the grueling Hawaiian Ultra Running Team (HURT) 100 mile trail race.  He finished in 22:30:00, good for an age-group course record and 2nd place overall to Gary Robbins, who set a new course record.

Jared Campbell - Wasatch

Jared Campbell - Wasatch

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Wasatch Mountains rise abruptly to the east of the Salt Lake Valley creating a very defined line between sprawling sub-divisions and wild mountain terrain. Little Cottonwood Canyon is one of the many canyons cut into the Wasatch. Known widely for it's world class skiing, Little Cottonwood Canyon is also home to some of the finest rock climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, mountain biking, and mountain running around.

Leor Pantilat - California

Leor Pantilat - California

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Point Reyes National Seashore is located about an hour north of San Francisco. Here lies a stretch of road-free coastline that is virtually unimpacted by humans. Aside from natural forces, it largely looks the way it did hundreds of years ago.

Sara Montgomery - Winter Running Husky Style

Sara Montgomery - Winter Running Husky Style

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Living in Canada, we get a lot of snow and ice to keep our winter running interesting. Our dogs (the Alaskan and Siberian huskies in particular) are perfectly suited to winter conditions, and over the years we have learned some things from them to apply to our own running.

Jenny Capel - Catalina Island Eco Marathon

Jenny Capel - Catalina Island Eco Marathon

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
As I sit here in Reno, trying to warm my hands and feet from the snowy  conditions, I reminisce about the warm, sunny days I experienced my weekend on Catalina Island for the Catalina Eco-Marathon.  A few months ago Ian Achey sent out an email about the marathon, which La Sportiva sponsored.  My first thought was "a weekend getaway from the kids", then "can I convince my husband".  My husband, Steve, was on-board immediately and decided to register for the marathon too.  Unfortunately, he pulled his calf a few weeks before and became our race day photographer instead.  My running partner, Miriam Smith, and her husband were also anxious to get out of town and jumped at the chance.  So our weekend was set.

Leor Pantilat - Quad Dipsea 2010

Leor Pantilat - Quad Dipsea 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010
The 7+ mile trip from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach along the Dipsea Trail is legendary. Since 1905, a single crossing race of the Dipsea has been held almost every year making it the oldest cross country running event in the nation.

Adam Gifford - Ultra Poetry

Adam Gifford - Ultra Poetry

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I cannot come to work today,

My IT band is not OK.

My toenails only number 6,

And this chafing will take time to fix.

The Giardia’s taken hold,

Please believe in what I’ve told.

A doctor’s note I can’t reveal,

But this buckle proves the way I feel.

Adam Gifford - The Bear 100

Adam Gifford - The Bear 100

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I am always so impressed with people who can write long and detailed race reports. I can never seem to remember details about any of my races and I tend to just make up stuff to fill in the gaps (…I spent 22 minutes wrestling with an Ibex right after I crested the first 18,000-foot summit…). I also can only remember obscure details that really have nothing to do with the race experience (…a bit of Smith’s Marketplace jelly fell on my shoe as I ate a sandwich at mile 62.8865…).  So this is my attempt to remember as much as I can about The Bear 100 while fictionalizing as little as possible.

Leor Pantilat - FKT Rae Lakes Loop

Leor Pantilat - FKT Rae Lakes Loop

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
According to the park service, the Rae Lakes Loop is one of the most popular backpacks in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, if not the entire Sierra. The loop is ~42 miles long and climbs from 5,035 ft at the trailhead to 11,978 ft at Glen Pass.

Leor Pantilat - Bishop Pass & Dusy Basin

Leor Pantilat - Bishop Pass & Dusy Basin

Sunday, September 19, 2010
I have been to the Palisades twice before but never via South Lake so I figured this would be a great opportunity to see Bishop Pass and Dusy Basin.

Leor Pantilat - Crown Point Lolipop

Leor Pantilat - Crown Point Lolipop

Friday, September 17, 2010
Crown Point (11,346 ft) is located in Northern Yosemite on the Sierra crest straddling Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. The peak has a commanding 360 degree view of the surrounding region, including Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak.

Leor Pantilat - Mt. Brewer

Leor Pantilat - Mt. Brewer

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Mount Brewer is an impressive peak located on the Great Western Divide in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Due to its location west of the crest, the summit provides amazing views of the Southern High Sierra including Mount Whitney, the Palisades, the Kaweahs, the Kings-Kern Divide, and the Great Western Divide. Likewise, its prominent summit is easily recognizable from many points in the region.

Thomas Reiss - Leadville - My First 100

Thomas Reiss - Leadville - My First 100

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
We left San Luis Obispo, CA (at sea level) on Wednesday the 11th of August 2010. After a 7 hour drive to Lake Tahoe and a 3 day stay at 6200 feet of altitude we flew to Denver the Saturday before the race. Got our rental car and off we went to drive to Idaho Springs, CO (8200 feet above sea level) our next stop on the way to Leadville.

Michael Selig - Pikes Peak Sub 2:30 List

Michael Selig - Pikes Peak Sub 2:30 List

Monday, August 23, 2010
Those were the first words Nick Clark of Fort Collins spoke to me yesterday after finishing 5th (in a time of 4:00:35) at the 55th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon. Nick was the last runner to sneak under the 2:30 ascent barrier in what was an epic weekend of racing on Pikes Peak that yielded a heated international WMRA competition, a record breaking number of sub-2:30 ascents (16), and the 2nd best rookie performance ever at the hallowed event.

Sara Montgomery - Winter in the Canadian Rockies

Sara Montgomery - Winter in the Canadian Rockies

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Within hours of stepping foot in Banff National Park last fall, Derrick and I stopped to pick up a few maps of our planned areas to run in, and noticed a book that made us do a double-take as we both grabbed for it.

Leor Pantilat -

Leor Pantilat - Northern Pickets Adventure Run

Monday, August 2, 2010
Hanging glaciers and towering rock walls come together to produce some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery anywhere... this is the Picket Range, the most remote and rugged region in the contiguous United States!

Leor Pantilat - Mt. Stewart Adventure Run

Leor Pantilat - Mt. Stewart Adventure Run

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Joel Lanz and I climbed Mount Stewart via the High Sierra Trail, Hamilton Lakes, and Kaweah Gap. The 12,205 ft mountain is located on the rugged Great Western Divide and the region is one of the most remote in the High Sierra requiring 46 miles roundtrip to reach the summit (42 miles were on the High Sierra Trail to Kaweah Gap from the Crescent Meadows trailhead).

Leor Pantilat - Grand Canyon of Tuolumne

Leor Pantilat - Grand Canyon of Tuolumne

Sunday, July 18, 2010
I joined Joel and Sean for a fantastic 50k (~30 mile) point-to-point adventure run of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne from Tuolumne Meadows to White Wolf in Yosemite National Park. The terrain is quintessentially Sierra, with granite and water everywhere. This area has intrigued me for some time and the spectacular scenery surpassed my lofty expectations. Unlike many other spots in Yosemite, there is a true wilderness feeling inside the canyon as the only way into and out of the canyon is 4,000+ ft of elevation gain or loss.

Leor Pantilat - Complete Lost Coast

Leor Pantilat - Complete Lost Coast

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I joined Joel Lanz for a fantastic tour of the entire Lost Coast from the mouth of the Mattole River at the north end to Usal Beach at the south end. The Lost Coast is the most undeveloped stretch along the entire West Coast of the United States and is characterized by steep and rugged relief of the coastal mountains right next to the ocean.

Mark Tanaka - 1st & 2nd after the Top 10

Mark Tanaka - 1st & 2nd after the Top 10

Saturday, June 26, 2010
 Bruce seemed to think I am lot faster than him, but whatever misguidedly large lead on him I may have had for most of the race, near the end I both peetered out and took a wrong turn, and he ended up finishing less than five minutes after me.  Which showed team solidarity.  We were this formidable impenetrable yellow and green wall of 11th and 12th pace overall that apparently the people who came in 13th through 19th, try as they might, couldn't penetrate.

Bernie Boettcher - Fun Run

Bernie Boettcher - Fun Run

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
One of the things I think so many people forget is that running is fun.  Once you develop a certain level of fitness, the possibilites are endless.  I try to make room every week to simply enjoy running for what it is:  A marvelous way to get from here to there, and back again.

Thomas Reiss - Miwok Race Report

Thomas Reiss - Miwok Race Report

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Ok so 3 weeks have gone by since my completion of the Miwok 100k in the Marin Headlands, California and it is time I finally put a race report together. This was my second time to actually go beyond the 50 mile race distance in my  almost 4 years of running ultras. I ran at Miwok 100k very well 2 years ago (9:14 and 9th place overall).

Adam Gifford - Dare to Go Bare!

Adam Gifford - Dare to Go Bare!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Every runner had a dream list of things they want to accomplish. Sometimes the list is “official” (whatever that means) and sometimes it’s just a jumble of ideas that pop up during those long, solo night runs. There is, of course, the quintessential list: running rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon, qualifying for Boston, buckling at Badwater, or not puking after a 5K. Well regardless of what is on your list you need to add one more thing…run a race in the nude.

Mark Tanaka - Finally a Mountain Runner

Mark Tanaka - Finally a Mountain Runner

Friday, April 30, 2010
Ever since getting on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team two years ago, I've at times felt a little undeserving and even out of place.  Most of the runs and races I do are not on mountains, but tall hills.  Plus, I had an altitude problem.

Adam Gifford - Umstead 100

Adam Gifford - Umstead 100

Saturday, April 10, 2010
This year’s Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run was completely sold out less than 5 minutes after online registration was opened. It was more difficult to get into than opening night of one of those creepy teen vampire movies. No doubt that the reason for this race’s popularity is the fact that it exemplifies the ultramarathon experience. The race Director, Blake Norwood, and his crew of volunteers consistently put together a race that I can only describe as flawless.

Leor Pantilat - Way Too Cool 2010

Leor Pantilat - Way Too Cool 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010
I was looking forward to this year’s edition of the Way Too Cool 50k, not so much because I had won the race last year, but more so because it was an opportunity to mix it up with super elites Max King and Geoff Roes. It was an awesome experience to run with these superstars and at the end of the day I was able to successfully defend my title in 3:41:47 with some help from Geoff who ran off course in the late stages of the race after he had come from behind and took the lead.

Thomas Reiss - Montana de Oro 50K

Thomas Reiss - Montana de Oro 50K

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Montana de Oro State Park is one of my favorite running places and is home to the PC Trail Runs, Montana de Oro 50k. My home is about 25 minutes from the starting line and the race starts at 8:30AM – how about that. I get to sleep in my own bed with no need to get up at 4AM or some other crazy early time to get to the start. It's a short drive to run on one of my favorite places on Earth. Now the thing that tops it all off is the beautiful California central coast sunshine, big waves on the ocean and weather around 70 degrees when most people are covered under many feet of snow.

Bernie Boettcher -

Bernie Boettcher - Making Dreams Come True

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Earlier this year I wrote that I wanted to chase a bear until it chased me back.

This almost happened.

Leor Pantilat - Way Too Cool

Leor Pantilat - Way Too Cool

Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Way Too Cool 50k course is run along the forested canyons of the American River, traversing some of the same trails used in the famous Western States 100 miler. The race is known as the first "major" ultra of the season and attracts a quality field of athletes every year. New this year was an extended course (it used to be Way Too Short) to make it a full 50k (31 miles). Temps at starting time were a crisp 38 degrees with a chilly breeze that kept things on the cool side for most of the race. We were lucky there was a full week of sunshine to dry out the course after a rainy February.

Leor Pantilat - Stinson Beach 25K

Leor Pantilat - Stinson Beach 25K

Sunday, November 2, 2008
I ran the 18th Annual Stinson Beach 25k yesterday by Enviro-Sports. The course contains the best collection of single track in Mount Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods National Monument located just to the north of San Francisco. Aside from the first mile on the Dipsea Trail, I have never run most of these trails so there was something new around every corner.  There is also no shortage of elevation gain with 3,400 feet of up. However, the big story was the weather conditions, which were some of the worst I have ever raced in

Leor Pantilat - Golden Hills Trail Marathon

Leor Pantilat - Golden Hills Trail Marathon

Monday, October 13, 2008
I had great memories of the Golden Hills Trail Marathon from last year so it was an easy decision to return this year. The marathon course does a grand tour of the East Bay (CA) Regional Parks traveling through Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry, Redwood, and Lake Chabot Regional Parks. There is ample hill climbing on the route with elevation gain totaling over 5,800 feet. My favorite part of this point-to-point course is the variety: from sweeping views of San Francisco to lush redwood forest, the course passes through virtually all of the Bay Area ecosystems. The race is also very well organized by ultrarunning legends Ann Trason and Carl Andersen with great aid stations and a delicious post-race BBQ!

Bernie Boettcher - Double Header

Bernie Boettcher - Double Header

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sometimes it's too hard to choose between great races, so you just have to do both.  This weekend was another one of those where there were two great events I didn't want to miss.