How—and for Whom—the Hardrock Lottery Works

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

Source: How—and for Whom—the Hardrock Lottery Works

Dispatch #1: Basement Stories

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.

All of this brought to you by “Apples” (not the computer).

 

(more…)

Honoring the Spirit of Ultrarunning

Credit: Ethan Veneklasen

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.

(more…)