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Siskiyou Outback 50k Race Preview

The Siskiyou Outback is one of the best races in the country for trail ultra runs. The course is runnable, hilly, and supremely aesthetic. I have come here for two years, and now a third in a row. I have been fortunate enough to win the 50 mile race in 2012 and the 50k last…

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The Siskiyous in a Day

After returning from La Palma in May after a rather disappointing race performance I had to begin to evaluate the direction I’ve been going in regarding running and what types of races I should do. Sometime in June I came to a realization that I should probably be focused on 100 mile mountain runs. Don’t…

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La Palma: The Island that Loves Mountain Running

La Palma is an island on the edge of the Atlantic off the North coast of Africa. The ocean here is a deep inviting shade, and the horizon to the West stretches to forever. From the sea the island of La Palma juts abruptly skyward in dramatic volcanic fashion. On Saturday I will have the…

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Post Lake Sonoma

Before every race I think most runners come up with some sort of plan. Usually by the starting gun you forget your plan and get sucked up in the flurry of the hot early pace. This year at Sonoma I nearly let myself get sucked out again. But miraculously by mile 5 I’d let most…

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Pre Lake Sonoma 50

Where to begin? 2 months ago I was up in a hut far out of the realm of distance running. I was guiding a backcountry ski trip for Wallowa Huts in Eastern Oregon. And until that point that’s kinda what I figured I’d be doing for the rest of the winter. I was sure I…

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Chuckanut 50k and Mount Hoods’ South Side

A running season is full of choices. Countless races and mountains are calling all at the same time, and you gotta decide whose gonna get the love. Chuckanut is fairly stacked this year, at least pre race on paper. Usually it seems like when you finally get to the start line of one of these…