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ULTRAmarathonRunning.com

Fellow Trail Runner from across the pond, Keith Godden has a great site for the global endurance scene! Click the banner to visit Keith’s site.

Ultramarathon running races, training & resources for ultra running enthusiasts! Trail, mountain, desert, 24 hour & other ultra long distance endurance events.


James Bonnett Joins Wasatch Speed Goats

Yes…how cool, I raced against James Bonnett at Zane Grey when he was 14 years old, now James is a Wasatch Speed Goat and he’s back on the trail after a two-year hiatus.

I was having a pint of beer with James today in Park City and he signed up for the Speedgoat 50k, James will line up with Nick Clark, Max King and some friends from across the pond!! Speedgoat 50k will be one of the best races for 2012!

James Bonnett Running Times

Scrape On!!


TrailRunner “One Dirty Magazine” Blog

Yes…TrailRunner Magazine is launching a new blog, news, opinions and trail running stories directly from the single track! Stay tuned, the Wasatch Speed Goat Ultra Running Team will be posting a very informative article about the history of the only web based ultra running team around!! Scrape on!!


Speedgoat 50k welcomes International Skyrunning Federation

The Speedgoat 50k is always full of surprises…this year our fellow trail runners from across the pond are coming to race July 28th at Snowbird Ski Resort, NICE! If you want to compete against top trail runners like Killian Jornet, Max King, Nick Clark sign up NOW before we sell out!

Ultra SkyMarathon® Series

*SPAIN: TRANSVULCANIA ULTRA MARATHON – La Palma – May 12
USA: Speedgoat 50K – Snowbird, Utah – July 28
ITALY: Trofeo Kima UltraSkyMarathon® – Valmasino, Sondrio – August 26
SPAIN: Cavalls del Vent – Cadi-Moixeró Natural Park – Pyrenees – September 29
FRANCE: La Course des Templiers – Millau, Grands Causses – October 28

Click the Goat Man to registrar…


Wasatch Speed Goats partner with the Backcountry.com Goat 2

Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team partners exclusively with Backcountry.com, the other goat. 🙂 For 2012 the WSG will be sporting all new goat skins (brand to announced)… Stay tuned for  the final roster for the largest and only web based trail run team around. The Goats will be roaming the globe trekking through several mountain chains…enjoying the views!


Speedgoat 50K Best of Utah 2011

The fifth running of the Speedgoat 50k is just around the corner and the marvel of madness won Best of Utah for  Ultra Trail Running by Salt Lake – City Weekly,  for those of you who’ve experienced and supported such a grueling event, scrape on!

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Click on goat man to registrar >>

Best Ultra Trail Running

The SpeedGoat 50K
It takes a certain kind of fanatic to run a 50K (just over 31.7 miles). To trail run that distance and do it climbing over 20,000 combined feet, you have to be part goat. The SpeedGoat is a rigorous yearly trail run that covers the expanse of Snowbird Resort. This race is for berserker trail runners who welcome the challenge of ascending the 11,051-foot summit of Mount Baldy, at the 9-mile mark dropping back down to the roughly 8,000-foot starting elevation and then hoofing it back up to 11,000 feet to the summit of Hidden Peak at the 26-mile mark. The 2011 race is July 30, but if you can’t get in shape in time, it’s not too soon to start sharpening your hooves for the 2012 race.
KarlMeltzer.com
WasatchSpeedGoat.com

 



Meltzer finishes PONY EXPRESS with 105 mile leg 3

The man himself continues to raise the bar as he says..finishing the Pony Express Trail with a 105 mile leg in 20:23, what the hell? For us mortals imagine running about 50 miles a day for 39 days and throwing down a 105 leg at the end to just for the fun of it, unbelievable. I talked to Karl this morning before starting his trek back to Utah..he mentioned one day he ran about 23 miles or so stopped played 9 holes of golf and banged out another 27 ..gezzzz. OK, next time I boob to myself at a 100 miler I better think twice, well done Karl,..10 scrapes!

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Karl Meltzer’s Challenges on Red Bull Human Express (Video)


Karl Meltzer – RED BULL HUMAN EXPRESS 3

Wednesday morning September 14th Karl Meltzer heads out for another long journey… trekking the  Pony Express Trail with the support of Red Bull.  Starting in Sacramento Meltzer plans on covering 50 miles a day for the next 45 days…(roughly) all the way to St. Joseph, MO. I’ll be tracking Karl at http://karlmeltzer.com/.  Once he arrives in Utah I’ll jump on the express through the Uinta Mountains, stay tuned for updates.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express


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 SeriousRunning.com. Go to the official National Trail Running Day website, www.trailrunningday.org to register your event and see what it’s all about. For more information contact, Chris Barber at chris@seriousrunning.com or 404.877.8781.


Speedgoat 50k – New Start/Finish Line 2

Speedgoat 50k is just 11 days away! We will start and finish at Snowbirds Gad Valley which is entry 1 of the resort.  Hang on for some spectacular views, terrain and the best trail running arena in the states..Sharpen your hooves..!!

Speed Goat Coupon Now Available!
With your purchase use coupon code 1UX-1-UJENB to receive 10% off on trail running shoes and accessories from Backcountry.com. Restrictions Apply *


Hardrock 100 Weekend 4

Tomorrow morning is the start of the toughest 100 trail race of all, the Hardrock 100.. Like many fellow trail runners I didn’t get in the race but was top ten on the waiting list..Good luck to all the runners and looking forward to watching fellow team mates Tom Remkes, Cory Johnson and Steve Pero trek their way through the San Jauns, scrape on! Looks like Granny Nannie Deb Pero got in the race, nice go get them Deb!

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Karl, keep it upright and roll out another great Hardrock, #6 !!

Hardrock LIVE!


Wasatch Affiliates – Outsource Program Management 1

Outdoor Industry Association Press Release:

Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear, long time on-line retailer of outdoor gear announced the addition of Scott Mason as the new Affiliate Manager. Scott will be working closely with MPgear.com Affiliates and the Avantlink Network to enhance the program and provide unparalleled service.

“We are really happy to have Scott on board,” says Erik Viafore, President of MPGear.  “Scott has extensive experience in our industry, knows many of our affiliates personally and is vested in the same interests as many our customers.  We’re confident that his involvement will be a huge win for everyone involved in our Affiliate Programs.”

Mason a long time Ultra runner and sponsored athlete has founded the most visible web based trail team called the “Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team” and is Assistant Director for the Speedgoat 50k Trail Race “toughest 50k around”.

Read More>>>

Merchants: If you would like to team up with the best of the best ? Please contact Scott Mason to partner with Avantlink.com to offer the best Outdoor Industry Affiliate Program Management possible.


Hoka Mafate Trail Shoe Review – Buy Now 8

The Hoka Mafate’s are live at Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear, Buy NOW!

As new Affiliate Manager for Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear it’s a no brainier to market the mighty Hoka’s . Karl Meltzer convinced me to try these shoes in April and “WOW” is all I can say!  My first thought is these are the fat skis of trail shoes, the stability and comfort Hoka’s provide through rugged terrain is unbelievable and the rolled up sole design really improves the efficiency of your stride. Don’t be surprised if you feel some tired muscles after your first couple trail runs,”Time To Fly”.

This design allows for fluid and natural stride transitions, lessening the movement of the knee by as much as 20%, increasing efficiency. By using an EVA 30% softer and increasing its total volume to 2.5 times that of a typical trail running shoe, we allow for more cushioning than any other shoe on the market today, dissipating up to 80% of the shock.

At 320 grams a pair,

EXPERIENCE the new evolution of trail shoes at Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear NOW!


Trail Running – Trail Hunting 6

Each year I trail run from my house through the Uinta’s looking for Elk Sheds but today I found a nice Moose Antler, it’s not often you stumble across one of these!  Getting ready for the Bighorn 100 Trail Run next weekend….

Speed Goat Coupon Now Available!
With your purchase use coupon code 1UX-1-UJENB to receive 10% off on trail running shoes and accessories from Backcountry.com. Restrictions Apply *



National Trails Day 2

Each year the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day to inspire public and outdoor enthusiast to seek out their favorite trail to discover, learn about, educate and work on trail projects throughout the country.  It’s great to see the movement as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the designation of 31 new National Recreation Trails across 15 states. The new trails will add more than 716 miles to the National Trails System, increasing its total size by nearly 6 percent.

Mt. Baldy

Registration – SOLD OUT !


Invasion of the HOKA 12

Jemez weekend is upon us and here comes the Hoka’s, Melter and Mermoud will be sporting the latest in trail shoe design ! I had the chance to bounce around in the Hoka’s for a moment and I must say “wow”!  The new trail shoe design reminds me of the ski industry when fat skis hit the scene, (hero skis) now we have hero trail shoes?

Mafate Limited Edition

By using an EVA 30% softer and increasing its total volume to 2.5 times that of a typical trail running shoe, we allow for more cushioning than any other shoe on the market today, dissipating up to 80% of the shock associated with heal striking when running..Read more>>>

Buy them NOW at Wasatch Running Center..

Leave a comment about your thoughts on this new trail shoe design:


Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 2

Jemez 50 miler, time to get serious as Zane Grey was a “off the couch 50 miler” training run. The Jemez 50 is chalk full of savvy veteran trail runners along with Assistant Director for the Wasatch Speed Goat’s Tim Barnes, look for Meltzer trekking with a hunk of cast on his right arm, will it slow him down?

Jemez looks like my type of course with a ton of vertical crossing three 10,000 foot peaks, great training run for the upcoming Bighorn 100 and Ultra -Trail  du Mont Blanc.

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Scrape on!


Zane Grey 50 Miler – 2010 1

Here we are hanging in Flagstaff waiting to run the mighty  Zane Grey,  after a night on the town with Meltzer and Torrence, it’s time to shake off the Jaguar bomb hangover and get ready to run….Looks like there may be a little snow on the course up high, maybe a little mud to keep it interesting?  Either way this trail is going to be rutty, rocky, overgrown and full of toe stubbing booby traps. looks like a good day for my La Sportiva Wildcats,  stay tuned for more trail running stories from Zane Grey.

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Scrape on!!


Celebrate Earth Day with Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear

The Mountains Plus team promotes Earth Day by discounting all Eco-friendly products. NOW we can offer our readers 10% OFF any of our Green Gear:

* Nemo Ditto Tote Bag – This bag is made almost entirely from re-purposed NEMO tent samples and manufacturing seconds. Let’s use the NEMO to go grocery shopping instead of those plastic sacks.
* Big Agnes Diversion Air Core – Climashield HL Green 100% recycled synthetic insulation, durable 100% recycled polyester rip-stop shell fabric, recycled aluminum valve with plastic coated EZ-Flate™ mouthpiece.
* Big Agnes Salt Creek 2 Person Tent – FREE FOOTPRINT – Three season, free standing, backpacking tent with recycled components, no were talking!

ENTER CODE: GREEN DAY


Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – Obligatory Material 8

For a trail runner who’s used to lining up at 100’s with just a Nathan Elite 2V Plus Pack, it’s going to be a  blast carrying all those required items on my trek through the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. I am not a big fan of a bag of water on my back  which covers a large part of my thermostat, oh well. As I prepare to run the ultimate trail running event, I look forward to enjoying the experience with team mates Jodi Chase and Cory Johnson. Look for the Wasatch Speed Goats to represent the United States with some strong results..scrape on!

Obligatory material : 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

• mobile phone with option enabling its use in the three countries
• personal cup or tumbler 15cl minimum (water bottle not acceptable)
• stock of water minimum 1 litre,
two torches in good working condition with replacement batteries,
survival blanket,
• whistle,
• adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 80cm x 3 cm),
• food reserve,
• protective raincoat for bad mountain weather,
• running trousers or leggings (au minimum pedal pushers covering the knees),
• cap or bandana.

Required by the frontier police forces: identity papers
Very strongly recommended
– gloves, a hat and warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather forecasts
– the sum of 20 euros minimum (in order to cover the unexpected….)
Advised (list not definitive):
telescopic sticks, change of clothing, compass, knife, string, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-overheating cream, needle and thread,…
If you decide to use sticks, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race…No stick will be admitted into the runner’s sacks

Goat land


Meltzer takes on Pony Express Trail

I guess running 5 to 6 100’s a year just isn’t enough for Karl, here he is staging an attempt to run the entire Pony Express Trail from Missouri to California (1840 miles). The trail is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary so Karl teamed up wit Red Bull for the attempt, stay tuned for more details. Looks like after Tour Du Mont Blanc I’ll be putting together a couple long runs on the Pony Express!

Speedgoat 50k is filling up fast, sharpen your hooves for this one!


Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear – New Affiliate Manager 4

After many years of working in the marketing affiliate space I’ve taken on the job as Affiliate Manager for Mountain Plus Outdoor Gear. The team at Mountain Plus have been around for a long time and have a huge selection of the best outdoor gear available!  If there’s any affiliates out there that would be interested in joining the Mountain Plus Outdoor Gear feel free to send me an email to scott@mpgear.com as I’ve partnered with Avantlink Affiliate Marketing Network the best of it’s kind!

We’ve been online for a long, long time. We started the idea of Mountains Plus way back in 1995 back when Yahoo was ‘old school’ grey with blue links and Amazon was this ‘new’ site where you could buy books from some dude named Jeff who was shipping them out of his garage and making $20,000/week. We were one of Camelbak’s first dealers (back when they were FastTrak systems out of TX) and we’ve seen many brands come and go in the nearly 15 years we’ve braved the wild and wooly world of outdoor e-commerce.

Get up to 20% on great Big Agnes Tents, bags and more as the new 2010 inventory arrives!

Save over 50% on a great selection of backpacks and bags by great brands like Gregory, Osprey, Camelbak and more!


Ultra-Trail Du Mount-Blanc – 2010 1

Registration opens December 23rd for the ultimate trail race!!

It’s time to cross the pond and run the ultimate trail race, Ultra-Trail Du Mount-Blanc. I’ve heard the stories from Meltzer and team mate Mike Mason describing the event, it sounds like my type of course with gnarly endless vertical. 2010 could shape up to be a fun year in Chamonix  if the Wasatch Speedgoats can get in the race along with the mystery man?

Nice finish Krissy Moehl 2009 female champion – Ultra-Trail Du Mount-Blanc


Wasatch Speed Goats 2010 2

As 2010 is just around the corner the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team enters it’s third year and has quickly become one of the most diversified and visible trail teams out there!!

This years line up of sponsors includes the very best products trail running has to offer. Long time sponsor Nathan Packs continues to provide hydration packs for the goats and First Endurance third year sponsor will be fueling the goats with the very best sports nutrition products available. Again top on line retailer Backcountry.com keeps the goats moving with their giant catalog of gear.

Returning sponsor La Sportiva has stepped it up and become a marquee sponsor 2010!

New for this year we would like to welcome Drymax socks the sweetest socks I have ever run in and hats off to Green Layer, they’ll be providing the goat skin!! Welcome back everyone’s favorite electrolyte tablet NUUN.

Greenlayer

 


Backcountry.com Secret Stash SALE

Long time supporter of the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team has stashed up to 25% discounts off over a 1000 items for black Friday and Cyber Monday, check out the finest gear there is…

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You know your an Ultrarunner if….

After 15 years of Ultra running my wife has seen it all, her friends at work have heard it all, so they handed her a hard copy of 110 savoy statements that “You know your and ulltrarunner if”.. I laughed my a** off knowing this applies to all my fellow trail runners. So each week I though I would share a few of these statements written by various authors.
  • You spend more time in the drug section than the food section of the local market.
  • You wonder why they don’t make all running socks a dusty brown color.
  • You have more dirt on your shoes then your garden.
  • You think that flagel and ibutrophin belong on the breakfast table.
  • You get more phone calls at 5AM than at 5PM.
  • You don’t recognize your friend with their clothes on.
  • You have more buckles then belts.
  • You postpone your wedding because it will interfere with your training.
  • You keep mistaking your boss for Norm Klein.
  • 6AM is sleeping in.
  • Your feet look better with out toenails.
  • Your ideal of a fun date is a 30-mile training run.
  • You’re tempted to look for a bush when there’s a long line for the public restroom.
  • You don’t think twice about eating food you’ve picked up off the floor.
  • You can expound on the virtues of eating salt.
  • You develop an unnatural fear of mountain lions.

Speedgoat

50k

If you enjoy self-inflicted abuse this is the race for you, 22,000 feet of combined verticle at beautiful Snowbird Ski Resort, the ultimate areana for a trail running event. Let your crew take the tram and watch you run the toughest 50k around. Registration opens January 1st!


Mountain Lion spotted on Park City trails 8/5/09 14

Watch out
Here is a Mountain Lion Story
At around 7:15 this morning, my dog met a mountain lion in the brush on the connector trail between Queen Esther Drive and Snowtop.  The cat was about 3 switchbacks up from the bottom, and was within 30 yards of me.  I did not see the cat, but he and my dog had an altercation.  The cat was growling and making high pitched cat screaming noises.  They were LOUD; I have never heard anything quite like it.  My dog was going nuts barking, and I was screaming as loud as I could trying to get him to come back to me.  Between my dog barking, and me screaming, the cat must have decided to take off.  I was able to get my dog to come back to me.  I am so thankful he didn’t chase, and he is unhurt.

I looked on-line, and cats that are that close to humans are probably tracking.  My dogs and I had made a lot of noise on both the way up to the top of Snowtop and back, and that cat was really close.  I have two 100 lb dogs (one was on a leash), and so that may have been lucky for me.  Someone alone or with a smaller dog may have been in trouble.
Wilderness guy said making a lot of noise is the best thing to do  and keep the dogs on leash.

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Matt Carpenter at 44 – Pushing the limits 5

Here is the MAN of high altitude running, Matt has the highest Vo2 max ever recorded by a runner (above 90), higher than Lance Armstrong. I watched Matt float by me at Pikes Peak and the Fila races in Aspen Colorado years ago. I also lined up with Matt at the Leadville 100 as he took off  to return over Hope Pass miles in front of the field. Amazing..

Follow this link and watch Matt’s interview with the New York Times……20 scpapes for Matt

I ‘d like to see Him and Kyle duke it out at Hardrock..


Amy Sproston wins Guatemala 50 miler 1

Wasatch Speed Goat Amy Sproston breaks the 7 hour barrier at the Guatemala 50 miler. Nothing like a little international flavor for the goats, hooves on the pavement?  Ouch..

“50 miles on roads felt like 2 road marathons back to back. I hit mile 25 at 3:25, and managed to hang on and run the second half in 3:31 to finish 50 miles in 6:56, which was good for the overall win, and was 12 minutes faster than the previous (overall :) ) course record. Was definitely an experience; I had the pleasure of being accompanied by 2 radio station mini-vans following me and blasting a mix of Latin pop and race updates.” A.S.

10 Scrapes for Amy, heal those hooves after that pavement…