JFK 50 Race Preview

Posted by relhats in Blog, Race Preview, Race Profiles on Nov 16, 2011

49 years.  Other than some participants, not much is older in our sport of ultrarunning than the JFK 50 miler.  The event began as part of a series of challenges created by JFK to… well, you can read the brief history here.  The history of this race is remarkable, right down to the legends who loyally return most years for this classic, including Eric Clifton, Ed Ayres (In […]

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Weekend Wrap at Inside Trail: Mackey 3-Peats and Slickrock Circus

Posted by relhats in Race Profiles, Race Report on Oct 10, 2011

There was a good assortment of ultra races over the weekend.  From the soft, rolling hills in the Bay Area of California, to undulating and abruptly jagged desert trails in Moab, Utah, to ankle crushing rock-lined, steep descents of Virginia, there was variety in both the race terrain and the weather accompanying the events.  The weather played the biggest role at the Slickrock 100 (50 mile and 50k), […]

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Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Mile Race Preview: Dave Mackey 3-peat?

Posted by relhats in Race Preview, Race Profiles on Oct 6, 2011

This week we began our look at this weekend’s upcoming events on the East Coast with our preview of the Grindstone 100 in Virginia.  Then we traveled to Moab, Utah for a preview of the inaugural running of the Slickrock 100.  Today we finish this week’s race previews in Lake Chabot, California with the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 miler.  The Firetrails 50 is a popular race that sells […]

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Slickrock 100 Race Preview

Posted by relhats in Race Profiles, Race Report on Oct 5, 2011

The growth of ultrarunning means so many things.  One of the benefits is the addition of new race events.  The Slickrock 100 kicks off its first year this Saturday at 7AM mountain standard time.  It will offer three race distances of 50k, 50 mile, and 100 mile.  Aaron and Jenna Kissler have done a fine job so far with a solid event website, meaningful updates, and challenging course […]

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Grindstone 100 Race Preview

Posted by relhats in Race Preview, Race Profiles on Oct 3, 2011

Anyone who says East Coast ultras are easier than western ones hasn’t run races like Massanutten 100 or the Grindstone 100. I cut my teeth on ultrarunning in the East, running in NC, SC, VA, WV, DC, and FL and I can attest to the fact that the East offers some of the gnarliest trail and stiff climbs in the country. I wrote an article about East vs […]

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