Monthly Archives: August 2010

UTMB 2010 2

Wow,  imagine lining up for the biggest event of your life and having it canceled 20k into the race due to a landslide in Italy..the mental let down and disappointment was unmeasurable.

As I entered the Saint-Gervais aid station (20k) there where runners everywhere on their phones standing around in the pouring rain?  I went weaving through the runners to leave the aid station and was stopped to learn race over, time immediately slowed down as I stood there in the pouring rain stunned in disbelief.  I began searching for my team mates Cory Johnson and Jodie Chase to figure out what was next, the dream was over.

So we picked our chins off the ground and took trains back to Chamonix to watch the CCC runners finish from a local pub. After several pints of beer with Cory and my crew who drove from Germany to help with the race, Gus and Lindsey, I received a text from my old team mate Bryon Powell (2:45 a.m.),  make up race bus leaves for Coumayeur, Italy at 6:30 a.m.  My first thought was I’m mentally spent, there is no way I can get myself back up for another race with two hours sleep and beer for breakfast.  Despite the obvious I talked Cory to get out of bed put on our wet shoes and go try again.

So we go to Coumayeur to start the race and the TDS runners were there with fresher legs and a normal night sleep? In fact I didn’t even know how the long the race was at this point until Mike Wolfe (2nd place) told me were running the last part of the UTMB, a 100k.  off we went, the first 20 miles really stunk and then my pole broke,  so I sucked it up in the rain and mud pushed on with one pole and passed dozens of people all day to complete the toughest 100k run ever in 16.5 hours?  It’s really hard to tell how well we did with two groups of runners all combined in one result..?

Anyways, game over.

Hats off to the UTMB Race Staff for pulling together the second race..I’ll be back !

Annual National Trail Running Day

I’ll be on a plane to France for the UTMB, but for the rest of you go get it!

2nd Annual National Trail Running Day set for August 21st, 2010 Atlanta, GA – June 28th, – Trail runners across the country participated in National Trail Running Day last year, having over 5,000 participants run Trail Races, plan Group Trail Runs, and perform Trail Maintenance. Trail Running is a relatively new sport that involves runners running on hiking trails, mountain bike trails, deserts, forests, creek beds, rocky terrain, heavily rooted terrain, and everything else that isn’t road. A recent study conducted by the Outdoor Industry Association reported in 2009 4.8 million Trail Runners in the United States, with 13.1% of them trying it for the first time! That is why the Trail Running Industry has announced it is coming together to celebrate the Second Annual National Trail Running Day to promote the awesome sport of Trail Running! National Trail Running Day will be used to celebrate the benefits of Trail Running with runners taking to the trails of varying difficulties and distances, connecting with nature and the environment, slowing down their lives and getting back to the basics. For more experienced runners, Trail Running offers a more technical version of road running that allows runners to challenge themselves. The fact is, everyone can enjoy Trail Running and National Trail Running Day is a great way to increase awareness of the sport! National Trail Running Day began in 2009 by a former Army Officer, Chris Barber, who began Trail Running soon after re-deploying and separating from the United States Army. Chris had trouble dealing with the new decisions he faced in his rapidly changing life and found clarity in Trail Running. Trail Running provided Chris a way to slow-down and fully comprehend the life decisions that laid ahead of him. These decisions were very different from the ones he faced leading a Platoon of 30 men during combat missions in Iraq. Those were quick decisions where he considered his soldiers’ well-being first. Now he had to make long-term decisions that only affected him. Trail Running was familiar and comfortable to Chris; while in the Army he ran on trails every morning with his entire unit. So Chris decided to start his civilian days with a Trail Run to help ease the transition to a civilian life. That is why Chris developed the first ever National Trail Running Day and Go to the official National Trail Running Day website, to register your event and see what it’s all about. For more information contact, Chris Barber at or 404.877.8781.

2010 Speedgoat 50k in the books

Kevin Schilling and Keri Nelson take the Goat Leg!

Local runner Kevin Schilling hangs on for the win finishing just in front of Nick Clark to earn the Goat leg and $500.00 in cash! On the women side Keri Nelson dominated the nannies to win by over a half hour, nice run! The Wasatch Mountains were glad the see the Wasatch Speed Goats show up, Deb Pero, Monica Ochs, Mark Cosma, Cory Johnson, Tom Remkes and volunteers Sandy White, Dave Hunt..scrape on!


1.  Kevin Schilling  5:43.20  Course Record
2.  Nick Clark  5:46.38
3.  Nick Pedatella  6:08.17
4.  Luke Nelson  6:18.06
5.  Karl Jarvis  6:26.14


1.  Keri Nelson  6:10.11
Course Record
2.  Becky Wheeler  6:40.09
3.  Sarah Evans  7:23.46
4.  Missy Miller  7:26.10
5.  Suzanne Lewis  7:29.15

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