Meet the 2015 Mountain Peak Fitness / Red Newt Racing Team! Our mission is to promote the sport of trail running, fitness and the outdoors by acting as positive, knowledgeable pillars of the trail running and racing community. We hope to exemplify the camaraderie which defines trail running as well as promote Mountain Peak Fitness, Red Newt Racing & Run On Hudson Valley Running Store, as well as other companies lending team support along the way.
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It is fitting that I ended up doing a loop course race following the recent discussion of whether or not loop courses are defined as trail races. I can tell now that the Mt. Tammany 10 is definitely a trail race, and despite the 10 loops, you could not even call it monotonous. I was wishing for a little more monotony towards the end of the day (day, for a 40 mile race?).
When Ryan Welts from New Hampshire joined the MPF RNR trail running team I immediately thought it would be great if he led the next team adventure. I messaged him and he graciously accepted the task! We came up with a date, gear requirements, etc. and soon the trip became a reality and we were off to adventure on the 16 mile traverse of the Franconia Ridge.
Earlier in the winter, or should I say the extended fall, I was thinking that this run on the Breakneck Point race course might be relatively snow free, or at least have somewhat fast conditions. How things change! I can easily say that that was my slowest, uh, attempt at forward motion, ever!
Today we scouted out the Breakneck Point Trail Marathon and 25k course in the Hudson Highlands State Park, NY. Julian and I wanted to see if it would be feasible for the MPF RNR Trail Team to do the marathon course this weekend but we knew that the conditions were going to be tough and slow going.
As we embarked on our 4th annual winter adventure in the Catskills of New York, the trail conditions were relatively unknown. Each year the Slide Mountain Wilderness area has offered us something different, some years the trails have been covered in thick sheets of ice, other years snow but never deep enough to warrant snowshoes 100% of the time. This year was a whole different story….
We would like to welcome Red Newt Racing, Run On Hudson Valley Running Store and the Finger Lakes Running Company as sponsors for our 2015 Trail Running Team! We are looking forward to showcasing the epic races organized by Red Newt Racing and the great gear sold by the Run On Hudson Valley Running Store and Finger Lakes Running Company.
On 1/19/15 Ben Nephew set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pachaug Trail which is a 24 mile U shaped trail through Eastern Connecticut from Green Fall Pond, to route 138 in the town of Griswold, with a short visit to Rhode Island. Like the Nehantic and Narragansett trails, it is mostly rolling single track interspersed with sections of jeep roads and few road crossings.
We enjoyed a great trail run on the snow in the Palisades Interstate Park, using microspikes the entire way. We covered about 12 miles running along the western shores of the Hudson River. It was great running with my MPF / RNR teammates, Jen & James!
Red Newt Racing is excited to bring one heck of marathon to the Hudson Valley of New York! The Breakneck Point Trail Marathon & 25k will take place Saturday, April 18th, 2015. This is an incredible course and the stories you will get to share when you have finished will last a life time!
Congratulations to Ben Nephew on the 12th fastest 50 miler in North America! He did so on a course that had roughly 6,700 feet of elevation gain! Here are some pictures and video of Ben during the Rock The Ridge 50 where he finished in 5:58:29! You will also find his race report as well.
This video is about Ben's FKT attempt on the Breakneck Ridge, down Beacon Mountain and back. Date was Saturday, November 22nd, 2014.
Each year we look forward to November because of the changes that it brings. Cold weather slowly moves in with the winds, trees become barer by the day and the chance of snow increases each week. Okay, so we like the winter and the snow that it brings, however, it's still Fall, which is a great time of year to reflect on your year up to this point.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Snowdon race, it is the biggest mountain race in the UK. Snowdon Mountain is the highest peak in Wales at 3,560 feet. That is not that high, but it certainly feels higher when you are up top.
Gearing up for the 2014 season by heading to the Catskills for the 3rd annual Slide Mountain Loop. We tackled plenty of ice while climbing up cliffs, slid down sides of peaks and worked as a team negotiating technical sections. Today was a day to be engulfed by the beauty and strength of the Catskill Mountains.