trail running

The Heart of Ultrarunning: Jeremy Ebel

October 29, 2014
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I met Jeremy while crewing at RRR100 back in September; he was the guy who paced Heidi for over 50 miles. Since then, we’ve followed each other on FB which is how I initially heard the following story. Truthfully, it was too good not to be shared! He told me his version of the story and entrusted me to convey it accurately; I sure hope I do it justice.

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Jeremy Ebel’s first ultra race was the Leadville 100 in 2010. He finished with a time of 29 hours 27 minutes. His third 100 miler was the Boulder 100 where he finished second overall with a blazing fast time of 16 hours 15 minutes. And from what he told me up in Steamboat, he originally ran Leadville to shut up a friend who wouldn’t stop talking about running. Sure, he was an athlete prior to ultrarunning, but nothing crazy.

Looks like he found his niche, no?!

These days, Ebel is running multi-day races where the last man standing {or running, as the case may be} is the victor. The Silverton 1000 is one such race, and he competed in the 1000 mile challenge for the past two years. To date, no one has completed all 1000 miles, which I imagine is the appeal to Ebel. Regardless, he finished first in 2013 after running for six days and 350 miles. In 2014, he finished with 300 miles under his belt. Seriously! Continue Reading…

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Five Best Trails Within 30 Minutes of Denver

October 26, 2014
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I’m partnering up with the team over at Expedia’s Viewfinder Travel Blog to help you guys find the best trails near Denver! Colorado is a veritable mecca for hiking and trail running. However, most visitors that fly into Denver are at a loss for where to go. I can’t say that I blame them; have you seen DIA?! That airport is in the middle of nowhere!

While many of the best trails are a solid two-hour drive into the mountains, that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, we have a litany of amazing trails within 30 minutes of Denver, making it easy to get outside after work, pre-coffee, or just when the soul needs a dose of mountain medicine. Take a look below at my five favorite trails, and keep ‘em in mind the next time you need some nearby singletrack! Continue Reading…

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Gear Friday: Alcohol, Air Speed & A Lil’ Something Different

October 24, 2014
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Not sure what Gear Friday is? Click the word ‘gear’ above the profile photo!

What I’m Loving: Pat’s Backcountry Beverages

If you’re me, a cold beer is the one thing you want after a day full of hiking, climbing or skiing. Something about that bitter beverage tastes just right when you’re in the outdoors! Amiright? Continue Reading…

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When Artistic License Results in Vandalism

October 22, 2014
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October 22 is an inauspicious date.

It was exactly one year ago today that I wrote a post entitled Vandalism in the Backcountry, detailing the story of three Boy Scout leaders who toppled an iconic rock in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. They tried to pass it off as a “safety concern” but in reality, it was idiocy and ignorance.

Sadly, vandalism in the backcountry is still alive and well one year later. Continue Reading…

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Anticlimactic Adventures

October 15, 2014
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We’ve all been there: you plan a trip and read up on the fantastic must-do sights. You locate the best trails, the most beautiful scenery, and the famous historical landmarks that you studied in history books.

But what happens when you arrive and realize the crème de la crème is a disappointment?! Continue Reading…