Hardrock Qualifications

Recording the show from the laundromat wifi...

Recording the show from the laundromat wifi…

Hardrock announced big changes with its qualification standards yesterday.  On today’s show we chat with long time Hardrock board member, Andrea Feucht about the changes, which also include a slap on the wrist and omission of the Leadville 100…  Hope you enjoy today’s show.

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Andrea Feucht, Hardrock, Grand Slamming, and More

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Graphic by Andrea (attorneys may contact her)

Welcome back to Elevation Trail where today we have a great conversation with Andrea Feucht, who has been on the Hardrock 100 board for 14 years.  She provides terrific insight into maintaining the core values of the event while the sport and outside pressures grow.

We also discuss the newly announced Ultra-Trail World Tour and the silliness surrounding the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and hope we don’t get sued for mentioning the name.  Download and enjoy this awesome show on your next run or long drive (or at work – just don’t let The Man catch you).  Hope you enjoy it!

Tim Grand Slam Long

Elevation Trail – The Grand Slam of Podcasting

New Show: A Little More Leadville Stuff and New Topics

"Watching" the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge race with Matt and JT.

“Watching” the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge race with Matt and JT.

Welcome back to Elevation Trail.  Today we give an update and follow up to our conversation about the Leadville 100 Run and Lifetime Fitness.  We also discuss our connection as consumers to the sport of ultra/trail running, along with other ramblings and MTB awesomeness.  (sorry for cursing twice. whatever.)  Thanks for listening and please consider a donation to show your support if you enjoy the shows.

Leadville 100 and Corporate Manhandling of Ultrarunning

P1470139Welcome back to Elevation Trail.  This episode is produced here, LIVE, in Boulder Colorado from a local brewery (so excuse the slurring).  Today we talk about the growth and corporate management of the Leadville race series, specifically the Leadville 100 Trail Run.  Where are we going with this sport?  Is money helping or hurting our experience?  Gary discusses his new project and his relationship with his new little friend, Little Nicky.  Join us and please offer up your opinions on some of the topics we cover.  Thanks!

Big Nicky's Race Clothes

Nick Clark’s race clothes inadvertently left out in the open.

Nick and Gary

Gary’s final race tips to Nick Clark

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FM Show – Buying Results

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Footfeathers after the Silver Rush 50 mile MTB race. The joy is obvious.

Welcome back to Elevation Trail and the FM Show with Gary David and Footfeathers.  Today we cover a variety of topics, including older athletes dominating at Hardrock, the diversity of ultra events this week (Hardrock, Badwater, Self Transcendence, Vol State), PEDs and buying speed/results in sports whether through products or substances, and some other stuff we hope you’ll find entertaining.

We would love to hear from listeners on their opinions regarding some of these topics, so please leave a comment!

FM Show – Banned Products

Leadville 100 Preview

This Leadville 100 Run preview will be like Liza Howard, short and sweet.

Fot once, we have a women’s race that is far more interesting than the men’s.  I say this mostly because women at the top level seem to know, and, more importantly, remember race after race how to run these things without exploding at mile 75 like a male front runner brimming with testosterone.  The ladies have a stacked field up front.  In order of how I see it breaking down at the finish line on 6th Ave…

Tina Lewis

Lynette Clemmons

Liza Howard

Becky Wheeler

Darcy Africa

Aliza Lapierre

Ashly Nordell

For the guys it’s a mixture of pure speed (Aish, Aldous, Arnstien), consistent grinders (Clark, Torrance, Jaime), and some wildcards (Krupicka, Tiernan, Waggoner).

If Tony Krupicka tries to run at the front with Jay Aldous and Michael Aish and hits Winfield (mile 50) any faster than 7:25, he’ll be in trouble later.  The only reason Tony is a wildcard is based on two things:  He hasn’t run Leadville smart since 2007 and he hasn’t raced a 100 in a year and a half.  If  he runs smart with the intent to win (as opposed to a race against time), he’s the one to beat.  Michael Aish definitely falls into the wild card slot as well.  Of course, if he runs his 10k PR pace at Leadville, he’ll finish in 7 hours 26 mins (wow.).  Aish’s Leadville run may seem like a publicity stunt but the Kiwi went to college in Gunnison (8,000+ ft elevation), where he ran to national titles.  He also competed in two Olympics (’00 and ’04) and ran his first ultra, the Silver Rush 50 miler this year (Leadville) for the win in 6:54 (just 4 mins off course record time).  If he runs to Winfield at a reasonable effort (like 7:30-ish) and holds the fueling together, this guy is the one to take down Carpenter’s course record of 15:42.

Another interesting competition playing out is the Leadman Series (look it up).  Currently, Tim Waggoner leads the series by a scant 3 mins 39 secs with just the 100 mile run left to determine the victor.  Troy Howard, a dominating, albeit quiet, force in ultrarunning (one of the top 10 fastest Hardrock 100 times) is lingering behind Tim W. in 2nd after beating him in the 100 mi mtb race last Saturday by 24 mins.  Troy has a solid chance to run 18:30-19 this weekend, so Tim W. ran 19:19 for 6th overall here in 2010 in his first 100 mile attempt but that was with an epic meltdown (I saw it live after pacing him for 50 miles) and being forced to walk slowly for the last 5 miles, so 19:19 is soft for him.  He will have to pull out all his knowledge and speed and any other tricks up his sleeve to hold off Troy.  Look for Tim Waggoner to be lurking near the podium.  I’ll be pacing him again for the last 50 and, frankly, hope to hang on.

The way I see it.

Nick Clark

Michael Arnstein

Tim Waggoner

Anton Krupicka

Jay Aldous

Jason Koop

Scott Jaime

Zeke Tiernan

Patrick Stewart

Troy Howard

Sean O’Day

Ian Torrance

Please feel free to comment with opinions on who you think will be ripping up the fast out-n-back course.  Check out Footfeathers’ guide to “How to Run the Leadville 100”

On The Eve of Leadville 100

After the race briefing held in the old gymnasium in downtown Leadville, I was able to talk with some of the top contenders.  Here are some of the photos and words of note from those chats:

Dylan Bowman

 

Jeff Browning feels no effects of 10,200 ft elevation

 

Jeff Browning

 

South African, Ryan Sandes says he feels acclimated and ready to race. I also overheard him speaking with someone about race strategies and competitors. Interesting stuff!

 

Timmy Parr and returning champion, Duncan Callahan (right). Timmy says he's looking to "run smart and go about an hour faster". That would be a 16:27 finish.