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Our weekly podcast shares the unique perspective of the North East, Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile.
 
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Scott Snell is a blue collar runner. Gritty and determined, he approaches his running like work. And the results have paid off big time as Scott is now 4 for 4 in Last Person Standing Backyard style races. Hear how he prepares for his runs, executes his runs then reflects on his runs with his excellent blog Beast Coast Trail Running Scott's FB page…
 
Delco represent! We sit down with Jessica Grinspan from Jimmy's hometown of Havertown, PA! Jessica has a unique outlook on life and brings that same open and honest attitude to her running. Hear some super rad stories of her doing an All-Jess Backyard Ultra, her "Propel the Vote" run before election day last year as well as classic shenanigans from…
 
We spent a Tuesday night as the jackass brigade, coming in with many spicy hot takes on various subjects. Here's some links to peruse: Our Patreon page Rat Race USA-Canada Badger 100 Garbage Disposals Ted Lasso I am Legend Letterkenney Hockey players We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://pod…
 
Harvard Physics Professor Jenny Hoffman joins us to discuss quasiparticle interference imaging, and nanoscale electronic phase transitions! But hold onto your Hoberman sphere! Jenny has also racked up an amazing 52 medals on UltraSignup and was in the home stretch of setting the women’s transcon record when she was unexpectedly taken down by an inj…
 
You can't really run Ultra distances if you are injured all the time, or if you are being eaten by a giant reptile. EB and AFB talk with our favorite Physiotherapist from down-under Brodie Sharpe (AKA Hugh Jackman) about what it takes to stay healthy during intense training. We talk shoes, pain, hydration, and yes how to deal with big scaly monster…
 
We take an explicit and raw look at the Olympics, and somehow Jimmy strips down and gets naked in the desert. Speaking of strippping down, whats the deal with the uniforms in beach volley ball. What do you think? We also find out everything about every sport in the Olympics in a very heated game of Cultramatic! The Cultra Crew is at their best in t…
 
The Cascade Lakes Relay in Oregon is considered a tough event for 12 people. But what does it take to run the 216 miles solo? Mental toughness, training and a good support crew. Jeremy Howell shares what it was like to take on this event and why he did it. Jeremy on Instagram Cascade Lakes Relay 216 Miles Become a Cultra Crew Patreon…
 
What does it take to run a negative split at one of the hardest 100 mile races on the planet? Sean Greaney, our Shenipsit Strider, CUT112,White Mountain veteran who moved to Seattle, friend comes back to share his amazing story of patience and persistance. He is joined by his excellent crew and well intended shell shocked pacers, Steve LeBranche an…
 
We riff on common malfunctions of hydration packs, re-live the 32 mile Dounut Run, and get some dank beta on The High Lonesome 100 Mile Run and wish Gelato luck as she takes on this awesome trail run. We also reveal our thoughts on the New Balance Beacon, the "Mullet of Running Shoes"; Dad shoe in the front, space booty in the back. Note: Thanks to…
 
Cultra coming in HOT this week! We deep dive into the Northeast's toughest trail races (link below) with a huge thanks to Ian Golden for his tireless efforts not only compiling this list but all he does for Northeast trail running in general. Dude is the man! This episode can be filed under "Classic Jackassing". Would love to reiterate for the peop…
 
It's a Western States (done eastern style) kinda show! We have Scott and Sarah Slater joining us for a bit from their hotel room in Tahoe to give their side of the story, both as a crew/pacer and runner; augmented with Jimmy's tale of extended woe and countless resurrections from the broiler known as the Western States Trail. Jimmy's finish at WS10…
 
Yes its actually happening! Our own Jimmy Mac is heading to Western States! We take a look at the runners from the Northeast who are heading there and hear Jimmy's plans to Par Tea! Evil Becky shares her story from the Mt Washington Road Race as she has an amazing time running up and then down Mt Washington. And Fred is streaking!…
 
We recorded this about three weeks ago and allegedly the sound is super shitty. But you needed this episode apparently, you damn completists! I think we talked about Fred's triumphant return to Three Days at the Fair in NJ and Jimmy talks about the race and his people at Six Hours at the Reservoir. Party time! Belated AF tho We’re on Spotify! https…
 
Perseverance, dedication, fitness. That's what it takes to win the CUT 112, New England's most exclusive endurance event. There's a reason the vetting process for this is so tough; this is the race that eats its young but them spits them out on the side of the trail and has literally people curled up into a fetal position in a semi-catatonic state …
 
Julie Fraysier is a runner's runner. She has a high school and collegiate background as a runner but discovered the trails a few years ago and has not looked back. Hear how she has applied her super chill attitude to her approach to running while balancing being a mother of four, and being top woman at Run Ragged, CT's only Last Person Standing rac…
 
Seattle's Jess Mullen is an absolute treasure to the ultrarunning community. An accomplished 100-miler, a dietitian, a coach and all-around awesome human, Jess sits down with us after her amazing 6-day performance at the NJ Three Days at the Fair. Hear how she got her start in this sport, what challenges she has overcome and what she's up to going …
 
What? Spring Fling 600 Minute race without Lake LoPresti? We take a deep dive into the happenings at this competitive, fun race. EB and JM give us the inside scoop on what its like to run more loop. Then AFB shares the details of a Redlining of the West Rock Ridge State Park, during the West Rock All Trails Challenge in Hamden CT. Fans of the Regic…
 
This is a very special episode- we are joined by Fast Cory (Reese), one of the best ultra people in the world. We have a fun and sometimes serious talk about running and depression and the link between the two. Cory is an amazing father, husband, social worker and ultrarunner from south west Utah and if you've never heard of him, please crawl out f…
 
You spin me right round, baby right round, like a record baby... but will a record be broken? Is this the golden age of timed races? Are people Colivid (TM) and ready to bust a gut to break those round records? Is it a looped course or just a circular point to point? How fast does one have to be to run Boston this year? Which of the Cultra Crew was…
 
Hey bros, what's good? We bro'd down super hard on the epi, def do not wanna miss this shizz. Art's bro Bob from the C-O is in town and we go through mad topics like mountain running, mountain lions and mountain passes. Woot. Art talks spiked shoes, Jimmy has every bro-name in the book bc he's the BASED BRO GOD. Bob hits us with facts and we have t…
 
Hey gang! Cultra is back! And we brought an old friend with us, tonight we have Brian Roccapriore, Traprock RD extraordinaire. Typically Traprock kicks off the ultra season here in New England and it's always one of the biggest races of the year, usually fielding 300 runners over the two distances but because of Covid we had the race split over two…
 
Steve Estremera, Phil Barone and Patrick Davitt are fascinating individuals, each with their own superpowers, but once combined they become Conquer The World Race Management (CTW) a formidable force in the Northeast Ultra Scene. Evil Becky and AFB spend some time probing the adventurous scientific minds of this race trio and take a deep dive into t…
 
If you are not in the mood for a good ole ride in the douche canoe, then this may not be the episode for you. We discuss the utter terror that may be found on an all night run on the Hop River Trail. What is it like to deal with the hardships of technical stone dust, or getting stalked by a cat at night as it prepares to pounce. AFB and Evil Becky …
 
What an amazing soul Callie Vinson is- from unhealthy at 377 lbs a decade ago to lining up at the Tahoe 200 this September, we talk all things trail, running but most importantly life. Hear how her first race went (the 2016 Chicago Marathon) to what's she's up to now. Team PAWS Callie & Shan's CULTRA episode Callie's Instagram Steep Endurance Ragge…
 
"Sorry, my brain is broken. Any idea what to call this one?" inquired one Art Byram, the Poet Laureate of Connecticut Ultrarunners and Trail Mavens Alike. We literally had like no real content. We riffed on the following: yellow-eyed Sith lords; how much we miss each other; a bunch of CUT112 shit; the complete and utter idiocy of VERTICAL MADNESS; …
 
Ryan Williams is a quality dude- from his no-nonsense approach to both running and life he brings his expertise to looking at FKT routes and deciding which ones are good, and which ones are Strava segments. An aquatic field biologist by trade, he is a true outdoorsman- from his upbringing on the trails of North Cannan and Norfolk he developed a lov…
 
In late 2018 Cultra was a select group of ultra runners, sworn to secrecy and bound by the belief that one should pursue the perfect trail run adventure, and worry about the consequences later. In a misguided attempt to drop out of the civilized world, the five gathered weekly to share their tales, of all the fun shit that happens on the trails tha…
 
We sat down with Dan Grip to see what makes him tick and what he's been up to lately. From winning tough races like Cat's Tail to setting numerous long FKTs, Dan has a philosopher's mind and an engineer's pragmatism as he approaches trails and ultras. A musician by trade he also does get random 90s alternative songs stuck in his head like the rest …
 
Clocking in at a svelte 58 minutes, it's our new slim episode. We still manage to jackass like we're a much bigger deal and we really pack in all the stuff, but really we just didn't have the time to go huge. Muddy Socks Magazine CUT112 Ragged Cuts Steep Endurance Live Loud Running Connecticut Forest and Parks We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify…
 
We came, we saw, we jackassed. We talk about (in no particular order): Covid, contrast baths and showers, Burning Man, a half marathon, then a double half, then a triple half (or one and a half marathons), giving away our medals and participation trophies, running in the rain, and other wonderful and useful topics for you to run with or sit in traf…
 
Major advances in our understanding of human metabolism have been made in recent years, and they’ve been pioneered by Herman Pontzer, PhD. He, and his colleagues, are making discoveries in human metabolism and energy balance that will reshape our approach to human health for many years to come. These are fundamental breakthroughs that are providing…
 
Allegedly the first letters of each word in "all day I dream about sex" spells a German shoe manufacturer's name. Cool. #jackassepisode We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-running/id1446356779 Please support Cultra Trail Running Podcast Patreon: h…
 
New Jersey is not known for its trails, but we're hoping that changes soon- and if Sassquad Trail Runners' Kim Levinsky has anything to say about that, then it changes today! Kim has a competitive background as a two-sport athlete collegiately and brings her passion over to the trails and infuses that into every Sassquad Trail Party. Hear about how…
 
How does it feel to be outside in the middle of winter in New England for over 40 hours, unsupported on 78 miles of snowy trail? Jimmy Mac teamed up with LSE to take on this trail in the worst conditions. Sure they could have tried it without the snow, sleet and driving rain. They could have had someone wiping their arses every few kelo-meeters too…
 
Long Island's second most famous resident to Cultra listeners is one Thaddeus Nelson- no, he's not a Civil War era general, he's an ultrarunning, race directing anthropologist from Ronkonkoma. Hear how Thadd cast away the shackles of ill health to race his first marathon and more, here on Cultra! Medals for Mettle Race4Some1 hit up Troubled Raccoon…
 
The Cultra Crew minus Evil Becky get together for a heated discussion on the Grateful Dead, tactics to stop urine or poop mid stream, Mesh Running, a full review of all of the Cultra Karaoke Grateful Fred singers, who called in to 203-DOG-GENT and sang their hearts out, plus a full on flogging of our Patreon supporters. So you can go Ridin that Tra…
 
Brodie Sharpe has spent the last decade helping runners not only return from injury but teach runners how to avoid, assess and work around the most common running injuries like plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome and patellofemoral pain (runner's knee). Hear how this Aussie has changed the game not only for himself but for thousands of folks just l…
 
Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH is a sports medicine physician, Associate Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, medical director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital, Associate Director of the sports endocrine research lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a team physician for USA Rowing. Dr. Ackerman is, herself, a…
 
We do a quick (haha) review of our last few shows and then talk about our current state of things. Lots to discuss. Listen. Grateful Fred Karaoke Challenge The Uncle Floyd Show Sugar-free Gummy Bear review We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-runni…
 
Cole Crosby is a runner's runner. From racing fast road marathons to 50 miles on trail to 197 miles from the very top of NJ all the way down to the tip of Cape May Lighthouse, Cole has done a lot of running in his three decades. Hear how many Wawa's he went to, where you might go poo on a 44-hour run (?) and what's in store next for Mr. Crosby. Col…
 
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