FM Show – May 30: We Give Up, Ultrarunning is a Picnic

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“Put down the drumstick. The 100 mile awards are about to start!”

Welcome back to Elevation Trail and the FM Show with Footfeathers and Matt.  Today we recap my big race weekend in Gunnison Colorado, chat about Rob Krar, Western States, Sky Running, and other picnic-like festivities in our sport.  Matt curses, so put the earmuffs on the kids.

Footfeathers Show with Guest, Speedster Rob Krar

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Rob Krar and wife, Christina Bauer. Photo Rob Hall

Welcome to Elevation Trail and the Footfeathers Show.  It’s a great time to be a fan of ultrarunning right now.  One of the biggest sparks igniting the fire in the competitive scene is Rob Krar.  Sit back and enjoy our chat about his racing, his injury resulting in surgery with a long recovery, his fastest known time (FKT) for both the R2R and R2R2R in the Grand Canyon, and his goals for Western States 100.  Super nice guy who happens to be in the midst of redefining competitive ultrarunning.

Footfeathers Show with Rob Krar In 3…2…1…

Post FKT run at the Grand Canyon. Photo Christina Bauer


Don’t miss tomorrow morning’s Footfeathers Show here on Elevation Trail.  Rob Krar joins me to talk about growing up in Canada, moving to one of the hottest places in the US, his relationship with the Grand Canyon, and his plans for Western States.  Quiet guy off in the corner?  No longer.

FM Show: Recap of the “Spoof” show (gotcha!) and Preview of Transvulcania

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 2.51.10 PMHow about that show on Monday?  Wasn’t it just a fun hoot?!  Gag.  Hope you enjoy today’s real FM Show this week where we discuss the purpose behind Monday’s spoof, our “agenda”, the real preview of Transvulcania, and a brief overview of the Quad Rock 50 Mile.

FM Show: Miwok, Transvulcania, Fun on the Trails

Welcome back to Elevation Trail and the FM Show with Footfeathers and Matt.  We chat about Miwok’s 60k alteration and podium finishes, Transvulcania taking place on the beautiful island of La Palma, and some other great news items in our awesome sport.

Don’t miss out on your Elevation Trail Trucker Hats!

FM Show: Matt’s 1st Ultra and Lake Sonoma Preview

Welcome back to Elevation Trail.  On this week’s episode of the FM Show, Matt and I discuss his first 50k.  Find out if Matt’s nipples made it to the finish.  We also talk about the insanely deep field of runners at Lake Sonoma 50 mile coming up this weekend and give our uneducated predictions.  Of, course, 5 mins after I edited the show, Leor Pantilat wrote me back saying he won’t be in LS50 due to a slight injury.  We look forward to your comments and feedback!

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Hellgate 100k Race Profile

Best Blood award from 2010 Hellgate. Photo: Keith Knipling

“*Be prepared for this section!!  It is long and tough.”

“*Be aware:  This is the second toughest section of the race.”

“*** This section will seem like it goes on forever.”

These are footnotes within the course description written by David Horton.  When Horton says something is tough and long, you best be listening and heed the advice.

This is the 9th running of the Hellgate 100k.  The race starts Friday night, er, Saturday morning at 12:01AM, so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the frozen ground, chilly water crossings, and 20 degree temps all while navigating through the pitch blackness, save for the ghostly hue from the full moon (given there are clear skies, that is).  Good for you if you’re fortunate enough to get some sleep Friday evening before the race.  For most, it will be a long time between rest from Friday morning until they finish sometime Saturday afternoon and into another evening for many.

The course is a monster point to point starting near Big Hellgate Creek in Rockbridge County, VA and traverses through the Jefferson National Forest, drunkenly following the Blueridge Parkway for 66 miles to the finish at Camp Bethel in (heh, heh) Wise, VA.  13,500 feet of gain and roughly the same amount of descent ensures you’ll have fond physical memories for days after the race.

Hellgate elevation profile. Credit: Keith Knipling.

For the men this year, watch for Frank Gonzales, Aaron Schwartzbard, and Jeremy Ramsey.  For the ladies, Amy Sproston makes the trip back East and should run uncontested.