The exclusion of a three-time winner from this year’s Hardrock 100, and a small women’s field, prompt a look into the logic of the iconic race’s lottery
Injury. Eventually it catches up with all of us and puts a damper on our pursuits. In this inaugural episode of Dispatch Radio, we introduce you to the crew and explore how injury has affected our lives; Andrew Schuhmann tells us his story about how a long and difficult recovery from something as relatively benign as tendinitis challenged his self-identity as a mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast.
You’ll also hear from our first-ever story slam winners: Adventure Racer Erik Sanders fights off jungle monsters and defends himself from killer bees with a trash bag in South America; and Golden Mountain Runner Sarah Turner tells us about the time she saved a baby during an ultramarathon. Babies most definitely shouldn’t run (crawl?) ultramarathons.
by Special Guest Contributor, Ethan Veneklasen
For the past 13 years, the Western States Endurance Run has been an annual event for me. Whether running, crewing, or pacing, I rarely miss this gathering of our crazy ultra tribe.
This past weekend, I was honored to crew for my Canadian Salomon teammate, Andy Reed at his debut appearance at the “big dance”. I witnessed some amazing moments out on the trail, but that’s pretty much par for the course…amazing things happen every year at this most iconic race.
I saw something interesting this year that I want to call out.