It’s been about 4 years since I’ve had time to maintain and post content about my favorite sport = Trail Running! The Wasatch SpeedGoat Trail Running Blog has been live since 2006. Now that my wife and I are empty nesters, it’s time to rev up the blog and commit to a full time trail runner once again. Super stoked to feel the vibes on the trails along with the beauty and peace I find within the mountains. Stay tuned for updates from the Utah’s mountains and desert trail running scene.
A few weeks ago Altra Zero Drop sent me a pair of their new high cushioned shoe called the repetition, it comes out this coming January. This shoe is mean. It’s made as a road shoe but I’ve found it works great on most any trail. I’ve tried them on some rocky Arizona trails, up American Fork canyon on the ridge trail, and I wear them a lot at my cross country practices. The size fits pretty true. The tread is killer, the deep grid system digs into all surfaces. This shoe has the traditional Altra toe box which is shaped to let your toes spread to put less stress on your joints. The one problem I had with them is the laces. They were super long, so I tried tucking them into the lacing system farther down. I suggested to them to try out a quick lacing system with the slide tightening laces. (Seen on most Hokas now) I highly recommend these shoes. I’ve loved them so far. I’ve only got about 150 miles on them and I can tell they can handle hundreds of more.
Gear Review posted by Justus Fitzsimmons, Wasatch Speed Goat Ultra Running Team
My names is Justus Fitzsimmons, Scott asked me to help the Wasatch Speed Goat blog to post race results and updates about the trail running scene! Here’s a little about myself. I’m 16 years old and I live in Lehi, Utah. I’m pretty new to ultra running. I’ve run and finished Antelope Island 50k, Squaw Peak 50 miler, and the gut wrenching speed goat 50k. I run cross country for my high school. I met Scott while helping at speed goat 50k last year and I paced him through part of Wasatch 100. And that’s how I got hooked into this! Hopefully I will be able to post a lot of stuff. But with school and work it can be pretty hard!
Also, I’m a second year team member for the Wasatch Speed Goats!
Heading to Texas to run the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler, 5-20 mile laps, looks like I’ll be crossing that bridge 5 times 🙂
I’ve never run a flat 100 miler before, I’m sure this will whip me into shape for the upcoming race season! Looking forward to running with Wasatch Speed Goat Team Mate Beth Simpson-Hall…
This will be a fun race to cruise in my Hoka Bondi-B, the cush ride…!!
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!
Let the fun begin, sign up now for the toughest 50k around and enjoy a day of trekking through Snowbird’s gnarly terrain. Each year there’s a new surprise, massive snow fields, steeper vertical, longer finish…what’s next?
The Date for the 2012 Speedgoat 50k will be July 28, at 6:30 am.
Entries will go online at Ultrasignup on January 1 to reserve a spot. This year we are limited to 300 billies and nannies. Still only 11,600′ of climb. AT least $1000 to the winner, maybe more!
OK…Let the madness begin, registration opens January 1st for the toughest 50k around! This year were letting 300 runners registrar for the event! If you have what it takes bookmark the date so you can pay to abuse yourself July 28th at Snowbird Ski Resort… 🙂 I’ll have a cold one at the finish line, SCRAPE ON!
Click the Goat man to registrar… 1/1/2012! Stay tuned for 2012 Wasatch Speed Goats..bahahaha!
Heading back home to see my parents and run the Oil Creek 100, one of my favorite events, trekking through the PA. woods for a 21 hour work out. 100 miles – 17,627′ elev gain – 32 hour limit – 5 AM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday.
Tom Jennings and his volunteers run some of the funnest aid stations I’ve ever seen, can’t wait to see the scary pumpkins on the 3rd lap, or was I hallucinating?
Here’s a preview for Saturday’s Speedgoat 50k…Karl and I finished marking the course which has been altered due to heavy snow pack. No worry a new thrill every year…ropes on little cloud, new types of vertical. Run well…
Voted “Utah’s Best Race” 2011
As my season starts out slow due to the heavy snow pack in Utah, I’ll use this race to launch my season which goes off now until October.. Oil Creek 100. The ascents all look runnable with long fast downhills, sounds like a good race to work on leg speed! Look forward to running with Jodie Chase, Chris Boyack and old team mate Tim Long. How could I forget old friend and long time running colleague Todd Salazar.
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!
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.
Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team is moving full steam ahead with marquee sponsor La Sportiva Trail Shoes, First Endurance, Backcountry.com and Patagonia Trail Running Apparel!
Here’s a preview of Meltzers marvel of madness, Luge 2011. Some of rest during the winter, not Meltzer, he prefers to shovel out giant luge courses deep in the canyon. Luge party this weekend, I’ll get the Go Pro Head Cam fired up for the event!
Speedgoat 50k – Registration opens Jan. 1st, If you got what it takes sign up for the toughest 50k around! Snowbird Ski Resort host the 5th annual 50k trail race which takes place entirely with in the resort. This is a post graduate trail race with over 20,000 combined vertical starting at 8000 feet above sea level. Start training and sign up NOW, race limit 250 runners. The race will sell out be sure to sign up early..sharpen your hooves! Race takes place July 30th, 2011 6:30 A.M.
CLICK on the mutant Goat to enter..
The Wasatch Speed Goats are applying, game on..
Need I say more..Patagonia for the holidays!
Our sponsor for the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team has offered some killer deals for the shopping weekend, from 11/26 – 11/29.
Getting ready to start the season off with a leg speed race, time to take a break from the vertical and run a fast 100. The Rocky Raccoon is one of the oldest and most loved trail races in the state of Texas. It takes place in Hunstville State Park on mostly flat trails through a beautiful forest. Looking forward to running with team mate Bet Simpson Hall.
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!
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.
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 !
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!
Men: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
Women: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
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!
Karl, keep it upright and roll out another great Hardrock, #6 !!
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Scrape on !!
Speedgoat 50k has 34 spots left, sign up NOW for the “Toughest 50k around”
Sign up Now for the Speedgoat 50k, this years trail race starts at 6:30 a.m. July 31st, 2010.
Finish Line 2009
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?
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I haven’t been to Zane Grey in a few years and what a difference, the rocks are plentiful, the brush is overgrown and the ruts are deeper then ever. I’m all scratched up from my arms to my ankles, once I drew blood at mile 6 it never stopped. What a tough course to follow especially when it’s marked with yellow Montrail flagging tape, I bet everyone got lost at least once. Nice run Ian Torrence, Dave Hunt and Larry O’Neil who ran the course in his new moon sneakers.
Get well “Karl” who had a commanding lead until he broke his arm slipping over a dead tree..ouch.
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!
Yes it’s true, team mates Kathy and Robert Youngren trekked all the way to the Anartica to post a one two sweep at the world’s most remote marathon! Robert won the race in a time of 3:50:02 with his wife to follow up in 3:58:59 for second place, how cool is that!
Antartica Marathon 2010
Trail running lotteries have become a way of life for those who love to trek the big events!! Every year I toss my name in the hat for the Wasatch and Hardrock with only a small amount of success. I’ve really enjoyed watching the sport grow the last decade or more but what a task to build a race schedule these days. This year no Wasatch, 30th on the Hardrock 100 waiting list (50/50 chance), but game on for the Ultra Trail du Mt. Blanc!! Maybe next year I’ll go explore some new terrain as new 100’s are showing up every where!
Amy Sproston,..original long time Wasatch Speed Goat, Voted one of the top women ultra runners of 2009 by
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
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.
Old Goat Trail Races– Meltzer off to the Chimera
100 miler as he tries to post his 6th 100 mile win of the season, sick.. Masters runner Speedgoat Meltzer never seems to slow down. Karl posted 6 – 100 mile wins two years ago and I really didn’t think he would try it again. Meltzer mentioned his hooves are sharp and he’s ready to climb the 24,000 vertical for his 7th 100 of the year and maybe 6th win??. Good luck and 10 scrapes!!
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…
Billie Steve Pero sent over the reason why goats hang high!!
Wasatch Speed Goats powered by First Endurance
No tired legs for Karl Meltzer as he won the Grindestone 100 just three weeks after the grueling Wasatch. Karl finished in a time of 18:46:26, does he ever get tired? Now it’s time for Karl to get back on the trails for a 5 day tour of Moab starting October 8th..
Now that I have completed my 100th Ultra, I am ready to share! Come join us for a magical week of running in one of my favorite locations, Planet Earth.! We will have a great time running, playing and experiencing the beauty of and the surrounding area. Each day we will run a new and incredible trail and then enjoy the sites and fun around Red Rock country. Come see why Moab is one of my most cherished running areas on
If you need a last minute excursion, make your plans today to join us on my personal favorite trails that will simply blow your mind! Guaranteed to exhaust and exhilarate you in every way.
The trip is all inclusive: You get to Salt Lake City International airport on the 8th and we cover the rest for you.
We pick you up at the airport and provide you with; Transportation, Lodging, Food, entertainment and excellent Coaching! Just bring your running gear and you will be ready to rock and roll! Belly laughs included at no extra charge.
We are offering a special deal for our first trip. Tell us what you want and we’ll create an adventure!
Are you ready to create amazing stories to share with your family, friends and co-workers?