Sunday, April 29, 2012

VB: 2012 Collegiate Peaks 50


This is my video report from the 2012 Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Ultramarathon. I finished the race in 11:36:22 and had an amazing time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

60 Hours...at The Barkley

Sixty hours is the time limit hopefuls have every year at the Barkley Marathons in Frozen Head State Park, TN. Sixty Hours is the time limit for completing 5 loops and 100 miles (some say 122+) of some of the most brutal and unforgiving terrain on earth. Of the more than 700 who have ever tried to finish this brutal course, only 10 had ever succeeded at navigating it in its entirety heading into this years event. There are no questions as to why this is considered, truly, the toughest ultra-marathon in the world. Those who have succeeded in the past include individuals whose accomplishments are needlessly amplified by their success here. All men, who have held the records for speed on such epics as The Pacific Crest Trail, The Appalachian Trail, The Long Trail, The Colorado Trail, The 14ers and 4000 Footers of NH and NY.. the list goes on. These same men; Horton, Cave Dog, Basham, Thompson, and others; are all accomplished and celebrated Ultra-marathon runners.

That all changed on Monday, April 2, 2012. Sixty hours is all it took. For 60 hours.. all of it, he circumnavigated the course known as the Barkley. As they talked about Maune's record and Jared coming in.. they also mentioned him. Who? Who is he? He flew under the radar. Told virtually no one that he was in the event. He has no sponsors and in turn, no shirt littered with the names of companies that support him. His race results show that he is indeed a mere mortal, a mid-pack runner, with an ample number of ultra-finishes along side his mortal peers. This wasn't supposed to be. For over 25 years.. only the front runners and elites, the celebrated, the sponsored, the heroes, the "named".. were those who completed this event. But in just 60 hours, this man broke the mold and changed the face of our sport forever.

Monday, April 9, 2012

RR: High Line Canal Fat Ass

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Denver, CO
Fat Ass Fun Run
High Line Canal Trail
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I planned a series of Fat Ass events through the winter season here in the Front Range of Colorado. The High Line Canal 100K, was my third and final planned event. The plan was to run the length of the High Line Canal from Chatfield State Park, South and West of Denver, to it's northeastern terminus in Aurora, CO. The High Line Canal Trail is the longest recreational trail in America. It's over 70 miles in length, but with the southern most 8 miles closed off, it stretches exactly 100k from end to end. Perfect.

Who is this kid?
I arrived at the trailhead just after 5:00am for the start of this epic run. In the dirt parking lot are quite a few folks. Dennis Durst showed up to run with me again, the ONLY person to have participated in all of my fat asses this winter season. Then there was AJ and Val and one other young man who I'll refer to as Zippy. A young man, all of 18 years old with only one 50K under his belt. In the weeks leading up to this run, he questioned if I was "serious about using gas stations and convenience stores for aid." Of course I was. His plan was to run the entire 100K at 8:50 pace. He showed up with a make-shift crew in a Ford Explorer and started running with his garmin watch on, and nothing in his hand but a water bottle. This would't be so bad except his crew had no clue where to meet him next and he wasn't wearing a head lamp.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"48" On YouTube

It was in 2004 when I took to New Hampshire's White Mountains to complete my quest to hike NH's 4000 Footers. 48 peaks that rise 4,000' above sea level, (an internal joke now that I live at 5,350') that have been gathered on a list made by Appalachian Mountain Club members back in 1957. Since then, it is estimated that over 9,000 hikers have ever "officially" hiked the list of peaks. It is estimated that there are literally thousands more who have completed the list and never applied for official recognition. Even more spectacular, less then 500 have ever completed the list in winter and around 50 have completed them in ONE winter season.

In 2004, I carried a video camera with me and documented my journey of finishing the list. I told the story of how the "48" came to be, who started the craze, how they started it; who climbs these mountains and investigated why. I shot over 5 hours of raw footage and spent nearly 4 months crafting it into a one hour documentary film. I toured all over New England with the finished product, selling over 800 DVD copies and donating over $25,000 of the net proceeds to diabetes research.