When Ian Golden announced that he and Jan Wellford were organizing a Sky Marathon & Vertical K at Whiteface, I was thrilled. While some think I am a Massachusetts native due to the interwebs, I spent my first 19 years in Plattsburgh, NY, just north of Wilmington (despite the fact that the North Pole is in Wilmington). I spent much of my summers hiking in the Adirondacks, and winters included plenty of ski trips to Whiteface.
It was an epic weekend in the Adirondacks of New York! Red Newt Racing was in town with the inaugural running of the Whiteface Vertical K on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday. The VK has you starting from the base of Whiteface Mountain and running straight to the top in 2.5 miles with 3,300 feet of gain! This is a video of Saturdays Vertical K, the calm before the storm... Hope you enjoy and we will see you out there next year!
Over the winter my training friend, Nate Sanel and I, had discussed doing a multi day fastpack at some point this summer. I enjoy putting new routes together in the Whites to train on and at some point I came up with the idea of doing the New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. Turns out, That’s170 miles!
Last year, all of us New England mountain runner folks were lucky that Mike Robinson finally started some FKT activity on the Carter Moriah Range. The Presidential Traverse and the Pemi Loop are great, but there are plenty of other worthy trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
I came into the Cayuga Trails 50, which doubles as the US National 50-mile Championship, off of one of the best training blocks I've had in recent years--a six-week stretch of over 650 miles with some excellent workouts on both the roads and the track. In the weeks leading up to the race, I was extremely excited and confident, however, I was in a car accident and...
I’ve finally recovered enough to write a race report. It’s been a busy spring of long races, but the Cayuga 50 is always rough no matter what the race schedule is. All three years have been very competitive, and this year it was probably the deepest it has ever been considering the surprise entrants and results. While I was a little beat up heading into the race
Here is our video from the 2015 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile USATF Championships! It is one of our longer race videos but the course just offered so much, and with all of the amazing athletes running, it was hard to edit out clips and bring it down to under 10 minutes. Thanks to Ian Golden, RedNewtRacing.com, our sponsors and all of the volunteers for another great event!
I was finally able to return and run the race where all my running started. A race that I have a lot of history with and I first ran back in 2008, my first ever footrace. I ran well that day and finished in 4:05 on a course a .5 mile shorter than the current route. I’ve started the Wapack 50 Miler twice, finished once and proposed to my wife at the finish line after she won the 50 in 2012.
As I was looking for a race between Rock the Ridge 50m and Cayuga Trail 50m, I came across the Kettletown State Park trail races in CT, part of the Trail2Trail series. The races are held on a 10k loop that was described as challenging, and there were options for running 5k, 10k, 20k, or 50k. After Tammany and Breakneck, how hard could a race that never got over 650 feet of elevation be?
I've been trying to get to Lake George for the Prospect Mountain hill climb for the past few years. I like hill races, even those on pavement, and this one, less than two hours from my house, has been on my radar for some time. The race has a long tradition; this year marked the twenty-sixth running, and several top-flight competitors have taken on the climb, most notably New England mountain running legend Tim Van Orden.
I came into the 2015 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k at Bear Mountain State Park unsure of my fitness; I hadn’t raced since September of last year, I hadn’t done the volume or long runs in training that I would have liked… But I was also very excited! It was time to race again, and it was my first race representing the MPF/RNR team!
My wife loves a romantic weekend away so when I offered her the chance to spend the night camping on the banks of the Potomac River, roasting marshmallows on an open fire she jumped at it, I then introduced the: ‘well you have to wait for me here, here and here’ concept…
When you look back at most races, especially ultras, there are usually areas for potential improvement. As I was preparing for the Rock The Ridge 50 Mile Endurance Challenge this year during my big two week training cycle following the Breakneck Point marathon, I realized that improving on my 5:58 from last year was going to be highly unlikely, however...
Each year one of my favorite races is The North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain, NY. This was to be my fifth year participating in the event, but my first attempt at the 50k. The previous 3 years I’d ran the 50 mile, and before that, the marathon. However, there was a new obstacle to contend with at this years race...