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.

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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….

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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.

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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>>>

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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 madness 2

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.

Scratched up goat leg                                                   Broken front goat leg


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!!


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La Sportiva Wildcats – Trail Running Shoe Review

Here’s a sweet ride with a ton of cushion and large toe box the Wildcat has become one of my favorite La Sportiva Trail Shoes. I ran my last two 100 milers in the Wildcats, the Wasatch 100 and Oil Creek 100. The shoe it self does weighs a little more then the Fireblades and is a little bulkier but has a killer traction(  FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole ) system that gives you a lot of confidence to bomb the technical muddy downhills. The wildcat is a higher profile shoe but surprisingly I never role my ankle in the toughest terrain, no blisters with the Wildcats…by La Sportiva

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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!

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Greenlayer Sports – Goat Skin for Wasatch Speed Goats

Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team partnered with Greenlayer Sports to go green for 2010! Greenlayer Sports uses re-cycled polyester for their performance apparel, and how soft it is. The team is enjoying a 5 piece uniform including the Elite Series Tank, Arm Warmers, Long Sleeve Shirt, a real nice Long Sleeve Half Zip and racing cap. Greenlayer Sports provides the softest and most comfortable Goat Skin I have ever run in! 10 Scrapes!!

Photo taken Salt Lake City by Cory Standish – Out for a 20 mile spin in my La Sportiva Wildcats, Drymax Socks, Greenlayer Sports Elite Series Tank and Arm Warmers, First Endurance Visor with a pocket full of EFS and my Nathan Elite 2V Plus Running Pack.

Happy Trails!

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Trail Running lotteries

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
UltraRunning Magazine!

10 scrapes!


Speedgoat 50k registration opened 1

Speedgoat 50k, registration opened January 1st ! If you enjoy self inflicted abuse, this race is for you.

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The 2010 Speedgoat 50k will be held July 31, 2010, starting at 6:30am.  Online registration will be available on January 1, at 12:01 MST at Ultrasignup.com  Entries are limited to 200 runners.  Cash prizes have increased to $500 for the fastest Billie and Nannie, and a good beating is guaranteed to be had by all!

Click here to Register for the 2010 Speedgoat 50k.

Better sharpen your hooves for this one!


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

 


The Chimera 100K / 100 Miles – Meltzer goes for #6

Old Goat Trail RacesMeltzer 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!!

Mason and Meltzer tossing swag at the 2009 Speedgoat 50k..

Green Layer “If only your skin were made of this”


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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!


Pinhoti 100 – 2009

Looks like the southern goats are ready to rumble through the Talladega National Forest for a point to point 100 miler.This is the second annual run for the race and who else but Speedgoat Meltzer is there ready set the standard. Last years win was over 20 hours, I’m sure that will change. Looking forward to watching  team mate Tim Barnes run his first 100, scrape on!

I lost track of how many 100’s Meltzer won so far this year, 5?

Sharpen those hooves!

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Oil Creek 100 Miler 15

What a great day in the Pennsylvania woods! Tom Jennings put on a triple header of trail races at the Oil Creek State Park, 50k, 50 miler and a 100 miler. This was a first year event but you would have never known by the great aid stations, course markings and overall organization of the event. The trail was a fast technical runnable course, but you had to be careful with those little up and downs (17,833 vertical), they wore you out as the day went on.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after running the Wasatch 100 just 30 days ago, but it turns out I was able to hang on for a 21:50 finish – 7th place, I’ll take that on tired legs..! Race Results


Karl Meltzer – Moab Running trip October 8-13, 2009

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..

moab Arches National Park Balanced Rock sunset

Note from the Goat himself:

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, Moab, Utah! We will have a great time running, playing and experiencing the beauty of Moab 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 Planet Earth.

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?

Cheers!  -Karl


Bear 100 -2009 4

It looked like perfect weather for one of Utah’s best 100’s! The Wasatch Speed Goats had two married couples in the race, Deb – Steve Pero along side was Larry and Beth Hall. I haven’t got the full report but it sounds like the Nannies had a banner day in planet Utah!

Beth Hall and Deb Pero

Nice job Nannies!


Wasatch 100 – 2009 8

The Wasatch 100 dished out some serious heat but it didn’t effect Meltzer or Roes as those two both broke the old course record. Rose crossed the finish line in 18:30 and Meltzer in 19:12, amazing times for the two top dogs of the day. On the woman’s side Besty Nye and Mandy Hosford both finished under the Cheetah time of 24 hours with course records, well done ladies! 2009 Wasatch 100 results.

Pot Bottom – Last aid station mile 93

Photo by Jason-Tara Moreland

Great job Wasatch Speed Goats ! We had five runners in the field, Dave Hunt age 50 finished his 6th Cheetah, amazing! Other goats were my favorite rival Tom Remekes, Jim Skaggs and super Nannie Jodie Chase who traveled from Phoenix to post a Cougar “under 30 hour” finish. I was out to run a PB at Wasatch while the splits were right on until the melt down after Millcreek, nothing like a little nap in the woods to get it back together. Once I left Pole Line Pass I  smoked the last 20 miles to finish in a PB of 27:19..Time to recover and get ready for the Inaugural Oil City 100.


Lake Erie Endurance Swim Record – Shattered 4

Long time college friend Randall Mcelwain set his sights on a endurance swim across Lake Erie, he trained all summer and was determined to take down the record of 11:53 from Long Point to Freeport Beach, Pa. Randy sent me an e-mail asking for some endurance nutrition ideals, I mentioned the EFS Liquid Shot by First Endurance, this will keep your electrolytes in line and deliver even energy througout the swim.

I am the new Long Point, OT to Freeport Beach , PA record holder with a time of 11:23. The record was broken by exactly 30 minutes with the former holder there to witness. The swim was great except for the 2-4 foot waives the entire crossing.

Hey, the First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot was great.  I took it on the hour and my strength was did not waiver the entire swim.  Not a single cramp in my Arms and Shoulders.

Thanks for the advice!

10 Splashes for Randy !!


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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Katcina Mosa 105k 3

That’s the distance Suzanne Lewis and I covered during the Katcina Mosa 100k.

What a day in the Utah Mountains with massive vertical and extreme heat, a perfect trainer for the upcoming Wastch 100. The day started at 3am to avoid some of the heat as the field cruised along I hooked up with Ultra runner Suzanne Lewis, we ran near each other all day until mile 45 aid station where the fun began.

The aid station volunteer gave us updated directions which sent us off course to climb a exposed heated rocky 1500 vertical foot climb, the time the four wheelers caught us we were part way to Daniels Summit. Hot, demoralized and a long way from any aid stations we were sad to say the least. Once we were back on course we lost about an hour on the field and Suzanne was well out of first place, so we chugged along staggering around the oven with no water in search of the next aid. Once we reached mile 52 we chugged a ton of fluids and jogged to the finish laughing about the day. Nothing like a good adventure, look for Suzanne to redeem at the Wasatch 100.

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Katcina Awards


Katcina Mosa 100K Mountain Run 1

The Wasatch 100 warn up is less the 5 days away!! A bit of a sleeper but the Katcina Mosa 100k hands out a whopping 17, 404 feet of vertical gain. Wasatch Speed Goat Dave Hunt has owned this race for years as he always pulls off a Cheetah performance at Wasatch the following month. I am looking for this to be my final tune up for Wasatch, 3 scrapes!! This years Speedgoat 50k winner Eric Storeheim will be lining up with for another win!!

Should be a hot steep day on the trails!


Speedgoat 50k – 2009 2

The temperatures heated up so did the competition for first place as Luke Nelson lead early to the top of  Mary Ellen Gulch but was taken over by local runner Eric Storeheim who never looked back (6:12)! Eric runs for Wasatch Runnng Center the best local trail store around..10 scrapes for Eric! On the woman’s side Mandy Hosford started fast and never slowed down until she finished in just over 7 hours, nice run Nannie!

Full results to come…

Photo by Pure Light Images


Meltzer leading Hardrock – 26th 100 miler win just in sight? 7

Karl Meltzer is cruising through the Hardrock 100 and just crossed the slot at Virginia’s pass with about a 41 minute lead!! Karl and I just ran Bighorn three weeks ago and he’s back out there to to win the toughest foot race around..!! 50 Scrapes..

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Karl Meltzer-Bighorn 100

26th 100 mile win is just in sight for Karl ? If you know a 100 mile ultrarunner  who’s run at this level for this long leave a comment..

MELTZER FINISHED AT 6:38 THIS MORNING!!

New record for this direction?  Jurek was 26:08:34 50 SCRAPES!