• The Salt Flats Endurance Run 100 looked like a great, small, grassroots ultra that fit perfectly into my season’s schedule. I was looking for a relatively flat and low impact 100 to run in the spring to tune my race logistics and test my endurance before really getting ready for Leadville in the fall. I didn’t do as much research as I should have before signing up, but the salt flats still ended up being a great race. Crew and Drop Bags     I made a conscious choice not...

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  • The WAA Ultra Carrier Shirt brings a whole new product category to running gear. The concept of the Ultra Carrier Shirt allows you to carry your gear during long runs without needing to carry a pack. The front and rear pocket give you fingertip access to everything you are carrying. No longer do you need to remove your pack just to access that one gel you want from a rear pocket. The Ultra Carrier Shirt pairs perfectly with handheld bottles, a pack, or works well on its own.    ...

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  •         The Gemini Adventure's Desert Rats Trail Running Festival kicked off this past weekend for the 14th year. Based in Fruita, Colorado it hosts a marathon, 50k, double marathon, half marathon, and 5 miler.         Originally I was not planning on making the trip out to Fruita for the festival, but after a large snowstorm was forecasted for the front range and a previously planned event was postponed I decided to enter the 50k and make the last minute drive out to Fruita. Wow,...

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  •             The Marathon Des Sables is hands down one of the hardest races on the planet.  The Marathon Des Sables is a 6-day, 159.5 mile (257 km) race across the Sahara Desert. The event, which was conceived by French concert promoter Patrick Bauer, was first held in 1986 with only 23 participants. Since then, over 13,000 competitors have started the 6-day journey. The staged format of the race is similar in style to bicycle races, such as the Tour de France, with the competitor with...

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  •           After the finish of the 28.4 mile stage one of the Race the Planet Ecuador stage race Charlie Engle sits in a comfortable 5th place 24 minutes back from race leader Ake Fagereng of Norway.             Starting in the shadow of Mt. Cotopaxi, a 19,347 foot volcano, stage one traveled west as it gained an initial 1,800ft and then descended down as it headed away from the mountain. Altitude was certainly a factor for many athletes as the course topped out near...

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  •           Tomorrow, July 26th, Charlie Engle will be starting the Ecuador race the Planet 7 days, 6-stage race. He will be running 155 miles self-supported at an elevation up to 12,700ft. Self supported stage races are largely unknown to racers in North America, so we thought we would ask him a couple of quick questions before he gets started. We will also be providing updates through out the race on his status.   How are you feeling about starting a six-day stage race in just a...

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