Underrated Dream Crusher

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for our next show when I talk with someone I consider the be one of the most underrated elite ultrarunners in our sport today.  Can you guess who it is?  Who do you think is the most underrated elite runner?


Our next guest isn’t too shabby on a bike either!

Check it out this week!

FM Show: Race Recaps, FKTs, Course Records



Welcome back to the FM Show with Footfeathers and Matt.  Jam packed show covering some stunning performances over the weekend, including Transvulcania, Ice Age 50, Quad Rock 50, FKTs being broken, course records going down, and Matt even talks about The Hobbit a little…
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Promo: How to Cope with Pain Podcast

Don’t miss tomorrow’s Footfeathers Show here on Elevation Trail.  I’ll be talking with Lara Harris-David, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who specializes with patients dealing with pain.  Among other things, learn how to cope with pain, something we endurance nuts all experience.

Welcome and New Podcasts

Miss Inside Trail Commentary?  You’re in luck.  Welcome to Elevation Trail where we will continue our analysis, race previews, interviews, and commentary on the world of trail and ultra running.  The difference?  The majority of our discussions will be in the format of podcasts!  So, now you may enjoy ET while out on a training run.

Our first podcast will be released this week…

Thanks for stopping by.

Footfeathers and Matt

Looking Ahead from a Weekend of Running

I have been missing in action.  You might say I’ve been in the basement, recharging my batteries.  The family went on a late September vacation to make-up for very little summer travel (other than the kind one does with a child playing on a soccer “traveling” club), and to celebrate my wife’s birthday.  A lot of fun.  We went to Maui, so now the clan is back to working our tails off and stuffing whatever coins we can find laying around into our proverbial piggy bank.  Send donations because the Copelands, Longs and IT are broke!

But we’ll survive.

I was able to get-in a few runs while in Maui.  This is part of me regaining my running routine and find some trail racing later this fall/winter to get my ass ready for 2012.  Injury is like the tax man: unless you have a good plan and perhaps heed the advice of sound professionals, the injury tax-man comes every year to taketh away.

A pic or two of some running in Maui, with the camera settings all screwed-up.  Definitely enjoyed some heat training over there.  The last time I was in Hawaii was 2008 when I celebrated my 40th B-day and ran in the Xterra World Championships.  It was the inaugural WC, which takes place on Kualoa Ranch on Oahu where they have filmed such things as Jurassic Park.  I met Ben Bruce and Max King there.  Xterra has pretty much become the home of some of King’s yearly high-lights, in fact nabbing another National Championship recently in Utah.  King and Bruce had a fierce battle that year way off the front.  I caught-up with Bruce at the after party.  It’s been fun watching him compete pretty successfully over the last few years in national and international track and cross-country.  But my point here is the Hawaiian weather.  September is still summer, hot.  The Xterra WC are in December when the weather is perfect.  So Maui last week was conducive to sweating-out all of the Maui Brewing Co.’s Big Swell IPA that I was pouring into my system, enjoying a relaxing time with the family.

The Mahana Ridge Trail in Maui

Here in San Diego, there is a little racing this weekend.  I actually had a nice run this morning up at Morley Field in central San Diego, in sight of down-town San Diego.  The facility there has a velodrome and a few nice trails upon which one can create all kinds of loops, get in some rolling stuff, a little climbing, flat grass and dirt.  This is where a cross-country track has been marked for years, where the San Diego Track Club organizes several of its races, as well as San Diego high schools when they hold large invitational meets.

This morning I saw the Ursula Rains Balboa Boogie 5k underway as I was wrapping-up my morning jog.  This is the 33rd running of this event, so it’s an oldie but goodie here in the San Diego running scene.  Tomorrow, I will take my run to the outskirts of Escondido where the Dirt Devil Racing Series continues with the Raptor Ridge Half Marathon.  I will not be racing, but certainly arriving to see if I can help, perhaps sneak-in some trail recon and follow the racers to Green Flash Brewery for the awards ceremony.  You’ll want to catch our weekend race recap this week for the sake of my review of some craft beer.  Tremendous stuff.

Beyond this local action, obviously runners are doing damage all over the map.  Tim did a great job of previewing some of the 100 mile action happening at Grindstone and Slickrock where he himself is getting gutted and filleted.  Tim also previewed Dick Collins Firetrails 50 miler.  If you haven’t seen them, check out his reviews here at IT.

And what else is happening at IT?  We’ll actually be doing some gear review.  I have a couple of pairs of shoes I’ll share with readers.  Took one pair on its maiden voyage today.  Stay-tuned for the shoe reviews along with some running threds that we’ve decided might be worth trying-out for our review section.

The Skyrunning World Cup is in a few weeks, so that will be looked at, perhaps putting the sensationalized Jornet DNF into perspective along with continuing to preview trail and mountain racing all over the map.

We are definitely excited to see the USATF MUT nominations announced.  Next week we’ll dive into that to see what people are thinking about in terms of those recognitions.

Lastly, as the winds of change continue to swirl throughout the ultra landscape, we’ll continue to explore that narrative.  I have reached-out to some folks for insight on such things as the WS100 RD search.  We’ll continue to talk about all of that, for sure.

We hope your weekend is a big dirty-up-and-down affair.  Take care!


Race Results

Just a quick reminder that we will have a nice wrap on some of the weekend’s races Monday.  Along with some commentary.

Looks like a wrong turn by Wardian will yield a big win for Mr. Roes at UROC.  Irunfar continues to offer solid coverage on these kinds of events despite sometimes spotty reception.  Look forward to taking part in the post UROC discussion.  Was it a success?

Also, Max King won the Flagline 50k, and adds 50k national champion to his world champion 2011 resume.  Great stuff.

Lizzy Hawker appears to have had a quite a result, too.

Waiting to hear from Footfeathers and verify all of that carnage, as well.


Weekend Wrap at Inside Trail


And from our Euro Bureau (with an obvious focus on Skyrunning):

The 2011 Skyrunner World Series concluded Sunday, with British Team Salomon mountain runner Tom Owens claiming victory on the Italian slopes of Sentiero delle Grigne. A heavy electric storm with torrential rain had race organizers actually shorten the original steep mountain marathon course. Runners still battled amidst the wet and thunderous carnage with Owens and Italy’s own Emanuela Brizio (SWS winner in 2009 and 2010) crossing the line first.

Owens victorious @skyrunning.com

This is sweet pay-back for the Brit’s great dual with Kilian Jornet at Spain’s Zegama marathon back in May where Owens finished 2nd. His win yesterday only adds to an already terrific year. Along with Zegama, he claimed 3rd at the Gore-Tex Transrockies Run in Colorado teaming with fellow Brit Ricky Lightfoot. In 2011, Owens also records a 1st at Mournes Peak Race, 1st at Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 1st at the TransGrancanaria Marathon, and a 1st at Carenthy 5 Hill Race, meaning he didn’t forget to return home to do some work on his more local turf.

As for the final rankings in the SWS, Spain claims the men’s and women’s world champion titles as Luis

Spainish Champions @skyrunning.com

Alberto Hernando and Oihana Kortazar put the finishing touches on their stellar 2011 SWS campaigns. Hernando was third in yesterday’s race and Kortazar took second in the women’s race. The two Spaniards are now invited to the Skyrunner Super Cup on Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu where they will contend with other skyrunning champions and record holders for the Super Cup trophy. This takes place on October 22nd and 23rd.
In the final SWS rankings, Mikhail Maamlev of Italy was 2nd and Spaniard Jabi Olabarria took 3rd. The women’s podium was completed by Emanuela Brizio and Corinne Favre of France.

Inside Trail is eagerly looking forward to covering the entire 2012 Skyrunner World Series. Stay-tuned for that.

Silverton 24, 48, 72 hour and 6 Day Wrap Up. . .and Ben Nevis and Trans Alps

Silverton 1000mi, 6 Day, 72, 48, 24 Hour Event 2010 (photo farrunner.blogspot.com)


And Ben Nevis is a wrap.  Finlay Wild repeats as winner.  Reports suggest he trailed Lloyd Taggart at the 4400ft. summit, but by finishing a good 2 minutes ahead of the current English Fell Champ, Wild’s descent and final kick were indeed pretty wild.  Congratulations, Sir Wild!  Danny Hope was third, 2002 and 2005 English Fell Champ and fell veteran Simon Booth took fourth, with Ricky Lightfoot, running for his Ellenborough AC, rounding-out the top 5.  Angela Mudge won the women’s race.

The 2011 Goretex Trans Alpine Race (or mountain traverse) has a very Spanish feel following the second and third stages.  David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega continue to put time between them and the rest of the field.  They have won all three stages through both the heat and the cold of the German and Austrian Alps.  In the third stage, the leading Spanish team

The Spanish leaders @salomonrunning

from Trangoworld Gore-Tex Spain used some classic race tactics to demoralize the only team still in contention (certainly free of any – yet plausible –  game-changing setbacks).  Castan and Ortega used the 3rd stage’s long 29 kilometer climb to create the gap needed to cruise to a convincing win.  According to Ortega, “We decided to increase our speed from one moment to the next and indeed managed to get away relatively easily. Let’s see what the next few days hold for us. We take it stage by stage.” The Scottish Team Inov-8 of Symonds and Lennox had no answer for the surging Spaniards.  The runners did have to deal with a course alteration because of heavy downpour, and, of course, much work still to do as the runners head for Switzerland as they make their way to Italy with 5 stages still to complete.

The women’s race appears all but settled as the Salomon international team of Stephanie Jimenez and Miro Mireia continue to dominate, sitting currently 17th overall!

Jimenez and Miro, rolling @salomonrunning