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Barry Dana is an Ultra Runner and former Chief of the Penobscot Nation currently based in Solon, ME. I was introduced to Barry after reading an article in Downeast magazine detailing his numerous adventure runs through the 100 Mile Wilderness, which you might recognize as the last section of the Appalachian trail before the Northern Terminus at Mou…
 
Joe McConaughy is a professional trail runner for Brooks Running based in Seattle, WA. Timestamps: (4:05) - collegiate running background (8:42) - factors that led to running dedication (10:24) - training in Seattle, WA (13:59) - coaching business (15:17) - what it's like to be "all-in" on running (18:20) - lessons from coaching runners (24:09) - i…
 
Timestamps: (0:29) - Running stores (2:39) - Cocodona 250 (15:29) - Mammoth Trail Fest (22:20) - Super shoe influence on running sponsorships (34:53) - Peter Bromka tweet (44:32) - Kilian Jornet's thoughts on competitive trail landscape (52:38) - Sound Running for the ultra and trail scenes (62:28) - Early Western States chatter (67:20) - Strava fi…
 
Jared Hazen is a professional mountain ultra trail runner for Salmon based in Flagstaff, AZ. Jared joins the podcast to talk about his 3rd place finish at the 2022 Canyons 100K, his golden ticket to the Western States 100 this June, as well as much more. We also talk about his entry in the sport at a relatively young age, his sponsorship change ear…
 
Jazmine Lowther is a mountain ultra trail runner based in Nelson, BC. She recently set a course record at the 2022 Canyons 100K and punched her ticket to the Western States 100 this June. In addition to race analysis and expectations for her summer slate of racing (which also includes UTMB-CCC), we get to know her background as a mountain sports at…
 
Leah Yingling is a professional trail runner for Salomon based in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to preparation for the Canyons 100K, her race analysis, and expectations for Western States in June, we also talk about her multi-year odyssey for a golden ticket, how she is able to perform so consistently in such an unpredictable sport, what its like…
 
Adam Peterman is a professional trail runner for Hoka based in Missoula, MT. This past weekend, Adam set a new course record at the Canyons 100K in Auburn, CA. In addition to race analysis and reflection on the big decision he has to make this week either accepting entry to Western States or instead focusing on UTMB-CCC later this summer, we discus…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 4th place male finisher at the 2022 Canyons 100K, Rod Farvard. Rod is based in Mammoth Lakes, CA. In addition to race analysis and expectations for the Western States in June, we also talk about his background in ultrarunning, his former life on the competitive triathlon scene, how he thinks about training, and muc…
 
In this episode we talk with Jenn Hughes (Managing Editor) and David Callahan (Managing Partner) at Ultrasingup. Almost all of you know about ultra signup. You use the platform to sign up for races, to check entrants lists, and to scroll through past results. But you might not know that Ultrasignup is expanding in a lot of interesting ways. We talk…
 
It is Canyons 100K race week and this is the 4th installment in our "Coaching Call" mini series, which premiered in January. Over the last 4 months, Ryan Ghelfi (trailsandtarmac.com) and I have been publicly recording our monthly coaching calls so that you can follow the leadup to my race, get insight into a typical athlete-coach relationship in ul…
 
I am joined once again by frequent co-host Brett Hornig to preview the last race of the 2022 Golden Ticket Series - the Canyons 100K - taking place in Auburn, CA this coming weekend. We cover what’s it going to take to be successful, the likely conditions on race day, analysis of the men's and women’s fields, and our golden ticket predictions. Let'…
 
Addie Bracy is a running coach, mental performance consultant, and professional trail runner for Nike based in Denver, CO. Addie recently published a book titled “Mental Training for Ultrarunning” and that’s where we focus this conversation. We cover lots of topics from the book including the importance of finding your why, managing stress response…
 
Timestamps: (1:45) - greatest seasons ever in ultrarunning (Ann Trason, 1998) (5:13) - grand slam, what used to be competitively important in ultrarunning (9:19) - states with the least and most golden ticket winners (15:48) - easier to make money in ultrarunning during the Montrail Cup years? (24:35) - how and where the golden ticket series should…
 
Tim Tollefson a professional runner for Hoka based in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Tim probably needs no introduction, but of course he is one of the most decorated mountain ultra trail runners of all time, most notably with podium finishes at the 2015 CCC, 2016 UTMB and then again at the 2017 UTMB which most ultra historians would say was the most competiti…
 
Chris Chavez is the founder of Citius Mag, a road running and track and field media company providing original running news, analysis, videos, newsletters, podcasts and humor to fans of the sport. At the start of 2022, Chris made the decision to leave this long-time position as a writer at Sports Illustrated in order to go “all-in” on Citius Mag. C…
 
Last week I once again lit the beacons and let folks know I'd do another AMA if there were enough questions. In this second edition, I answer the following questions: What does the East Coast need to do to progress trail running? What is on your trail running media wishlist? What can we do to make ultrarunning events more exciting to follow or watc…
 
In this episode we talk with Buzz Burrell, a co-founder of fastestknowntime.com, a tracking website that has been cataloging the modern FKT movement here in the United States and abroad, to my knowledge, for the better part of the last decade. While there is no governing body for FKT certification, fastestknowntime.com has acted as the informal arb…
 
Sarah Keyes is an ultra runner, race director, and trail running community organizer (among many other roles) based in Saranac Lake, NY. In this conversation, we talk about the trail running and overall mountain sports scene in the Adirondack Mountains, her role as race director of the Whiteface Mountain events, her role at ITRA, how to get more in…
 
Jasmin Paris is professional trail runner for Inov-8 based in the United Kingdom. Her racing resume is significant with an overall win at the 2019 Spine race, a fastest known time on the Bob Graham Round, a top-10 finish at 2016 UTMB, and way more. Most recently, she completed 3 laps, also known as a “Fun Run”, at the vaunted Barkley Marathons in T…
 
Timestamps: (1:26) - recap of February training accomplishments (8:02) - injury discussion (16:01) - how to think about next steps and future training (25:00) - Skimo and other alternative sports during recovery (30:44) - increasing popularity of Skimo among American ultra runners (38:26) - standing is training? (43:56) - March and April training o…
 
Garrett Heath is a professional runner for Brooks. Garrett has demonstrated impressive range over the last couple of decades and with world-class PRs in events from the 1500m to the 10k, he has been a threat every time he steps on a starting line. As a three-time champion of the famed Edinburgh XC race, his gutsy racing style has carried him to vic…
 
Timestamps: (1:39) - ideas to make ultra races easier to analyze and fun to follow (12:59) - should elite ultra runners be penalized for DNFs? (22:43) - Strava find of the week: 3:47 downhill mile (32:38) - what if Magda Boulet had switched to ultra running during her prime? (40:33) - what if Sally McRae didn't get a golden ticket to Western States…
 
Mike Foote is a Professional Athlete for the North Face and Race Director of the Rut Mountain Runs based in Missoula, MT. Timestamps (1:33) intro to ultrarunning (4:38) Wasatch 100 reminiscing (8:53) success formula (11:57) durability is speed in the mountains (13:21) being an early American competitor at UTMB (16:39) North Face sponsorship, long-t…
 
Anton Krupicka is a Professional Mountain Athlete for La Sportiva based in Boulder, CO. Timestamps (1:14) - considering Black Canyon for Western States Golden Ticket attempt (3:30) - appreciations for other mountain sports (6:00) - identifying with the sport of mountain ultra trail running, but not the scene (9:04) - influences in other sports (11:…
 
Tom Evans is a Professional Mountain Ultra Trail Runner for Adidas Terrex and Red Bull based in the Birmingham, UK area. Over the last 3-4 years, Tom has become one of the best athletes in our sport with notable performances at some of the most important races including a win at the 2018 CCC and a sub-15 hour podium finish at the 2019 Western State…
 
In this episode, we meet with Reid Coolsaet, a Professional Trail Runner for Salomon based in Hamilton, Ontario. Reid burst onto the mountain ultra trail running scene in 2021 with a win at the Quebec Mega Trail 110K, competed at the Black Canyon 100K earlier this month, and will be lining up for the Canyons 100K in April and the Western States 100…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 2nd place male finisher at the 2022 Black Canyon 100K, Scott Traer. Scott is based in the Phoenix, AZ area via Boston, MA and not only punched his ticket to Western States this coming June, but also ran the 4th fastest time in course history at the age of 40. In addition to race analysis, we also talk about the New…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 3rd place female finisher at the 2022 Black Canyon 100K, Anne-Marie Madden. Anne-Marie is a Salomon-sponsored trail runner based in Vancouver, BC. In addition to race analysis, we talk about how she got into Mountain Ultra Trail Running, life in Vancouver, opportunities to grow our sport through better urban planni…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 4th place female finisher at the 2022 Black Canyon 100K, Taylor Nowlin. Taylor is a Professional Trail Runner for Adidas Terrex based in Spokane, WA. In addition to race analysis, we talk about how she got into Mountain Ultra Trail Running, life in Spokane, WA, how she organizes training and races alongside her oth…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 3rd place male finisher at the 2022 Black Canyon 100K, Jeff Colt. Jeff is a Professional Trail Runner for On Running based in Carbondale CO. In addition to race analysis, we talk about his entry into the sport while working in the hut system of New Hampshire ’s White Mountains, his multi-year path to a golden ticke…
 
The Golden Ticket Talks are back! In this episode, we talk with the 1st place male finisher at the 2022 Black Canyon 100K, Trueheart Brown. Since Trueheart is likely a new name to most ultrarunning fans, we cover a lot of ground in this episode including his background in the sport, his home and training base in Flagstaff, AZ, how he prepared for B…
 
This episode is part of a brand new mini-series we are calling the "Long Run Archives" in which I am joined by Brett Hornig, a fellow ultra runner and coach at Trails and Tarmac to riff on some of Ultrarunning’s most intriguing news, ideas, and questions. You know those highly entertaining long run conversations you have with friends you wish you c…
 
Sarah Cummings is a Professional Trail Runner for Brooks based in Park City, Utah. We talk about her introduction to the trail world after a significant collegiate and post collegiate career on the roads, her experience and lessons learned rehabbing from a traumatic hamstring injury that could have ended her running career altogether, how she lande…
 
This is the second episode in a monthly series we are calling the “Coaching Call”. For context - In April, I will be lining up for the Canyons 100k. Ryan Ghelfi, the Head Coach at Trails and Tarmac, is going to help me prepare. We decided to take it a step further by working in total transparency. Our calls will be recorded and the training log wil…
 
In this episode we talk with Lee Sackett, a Product Manager for the Blue Line Innovation Footwear team at Brooks Running. The first half of our conversation focuses primarily on work, life, and career trajectory in the running industry. The second half dives into a flowy conversation about running culture, growing participation, increasing the ente…
 
Hillary Allen is a professional trail runner for Brooks, a co-host of the Trail Society podcast, and author of a new book titled "Out And Back: A Runner's Story Of Survival Against All Odds". In addition to announcing her sponsorship change from the North Face to Brooks, we also dig into the details of her new book and specifically examine issues l…
 
Taggart VanEtten is an endurance athlete based in Central Illinois. In addition to having one of the best names in our sport, Taggart made a big splash on the ultra scene in 2021. We talk about those race experiences, but also dig into how his background has influenced the type of training he does, what attracted him to our sport, why he's leaving …
 
Corrine Malcolm is a Professional Trail Runner Adidas Terrex, a Co-Host of the Trail Society podcast, a coach at Carmichael Training Systems and in general, one of the more involved people in our sport. We talk about the good and the bad of growth in our sport, especially relating to brand-building, race organizing, drug testing, and the overall pr…
 
In this episode we talk with Adam Merry. Adam is a professional Trail Runner for Saucony based in Golden, CO. We reflect on his performance at the recent Bandera 100K, increasing representation in our sport, all the usual questions I have about the state of our sport because Adam is so tuned in, and more. Adam is a great dude and one of the most mi…
 
Welcome back to another episode of the Golden Ticket Talks in which we meet with the overall winner of the Bandera 100K, Jonathan Rea. Jonathan is currently unsponsored athlete - maybe that will change soon - based in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to race preparation, analysis, and aftermath, Jonathan and I talk about some of the parallels between…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 2nd place male finisher at the 2022 Bandera 100k, Tyler Fox. Tyler is based in Lander, WY and has been quietly crushing some of the top mountain ultra trail races across the American West including the Bear 100, Bighorn 100, Never Summer 100k, and Speedgoat 50k to name a few. In addition to the recap of his race at…
 
In this episode, we talk with the 2nd place female finisher at the 2022 Bandera 100k, Ellie Pell. Ellie is an East Coaster based in the Finger Lakes region of New York where she has put up strong results on the local circuit, as well as at the JFK 50 in recent years. In addition to the recap of her race at Bandera and her initial thoughts on Wester…
 
This episode is the first in a series we are calling “Golden Ticket Talks” where we interview the first and second place male and female finishers at each of the 2022 Golden Ticket races. In this episode we talk with the winner of the Bandera 100k, Marianne Hogan. Marianne is based in Montreal, Canada and runs for Salomon. In addition to the recap …
 
Dani Moreno is a professional Trail Runner for Hoka and Rabbit based in Mammoth Lakes, CA. In this conversation, we talk about her how she overcame burnout during her college years to launch a successful career in the mountain running world, life in Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lakes, her partnerships with Hoka and Rabbit, the sub ultra trail racing s…
 
This is the first episode in a monthly series we are calling the “Coaching Call”. For context - In April, I will be lining up for the Canyons 100k. Ryan Ghelfi, the Head Coach at Trails and Tarmac, is going to help me prepare. We decided to take it a step further by working in total transparency. Our calls will be recorded and the training log will…
 
Sabrina Stanley is a professional Mountain Ultra Trail Runner for Adidas Terrex. In this episode, we talk about her recent race at Madeira Island and position in the sport, the focus on UTMB in 2022, how she thinks about race preparation and recovery, and life on the Adidas trail team. --------- Additional episodes you might enjoy: #42 - Sarah Cumm…
 
Dave Dombrow and Kevin Fallon are the co-founders of Speedland, a new trail running brand on the market. In this conversation, we explore their backgrounds in the running industry at Nike, Under Armour, and Puma and how those experiences informed the mission at Speedland. We then get into the work they are doing at Speedland and how they are re-pos…
 
Joe Vennare is the co-founder of Fitt Insider, a platform for fitness and wellness operators that includes a podcast, newsletter, jobs board, and early stage fund that invests in related companies. We spend the first part of the conversation exploring Joe’s background in the industry, how he is building the business, and how he thinks about the int…
 
Sam Parsons is one of the co-founders of Tinman Elite, a professional running team based in Boulder, CO. We spend the vast majority of this episode going through the playbook for how to build a running team and what that model would look like in the world of mountain ultra trail running. For Salt Lake area listeners, you know we’ve tried this befor…
 
Kyle Richardson is a musician and professional mountain athlete for Black Diamond and La Sportiva based in Boulder, CO. In this conversation, Kyle shares interesting perspectives on Boulder, the FKT scene, and the intersection of music and movement. We talk philosophy. We go back and forth on a sort of artistic wishlist for trail running. And way m…
 
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