Happy Tuesday, trail friends. All eyes were on Texas this past weekend, with Golden Tickets up for grabs at the Bandera 100K. Race Director Chris McWatters’s team put on another world-class event, which Aravaipa Running streamed live on YouTube if you want to go back and watch the race drama unfold.
This week, we look at the results from our annual Keep Trail Running Weird Awards, and find out which one of you won a free trip with Run the Alps. In the DFL we learn about a new, super hardcore event from Laura Green.
– Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
?: 1—Athlete’s lined up this weekend for the first chance in 2023 to race their way onto the start line of the Western States 100. Courtney Dauwalter set a new record at the Bandera 100K, punching her ticket back to Palisades Tahoe in June with Nicole Bitter, who came in 2nd. Jeff Colt and JP Giblin went one and two on the men’s side.
?: 2—Hardrock champion Anna Frost announces her adventure run tour dates. Locations for the upcoming year include trips to New Zealand, Norway, Kenya, and Bhutan (where our EIC once reported on her dramatic FKT on the Snowman Trek for National Geographic).
?: 3—Lastly, check out Abbie Hall’s recent adventure run over what she describes as “the most staggering and harsh environment(s) I’ve ever traversed.”
Want more racing? Check out these upcoming events still open for registration.
At UltraSignup, we like to put a bow on the previous year with a ‘podium finish’ for the everyday runner, honoring the beautifully weird and free-spirited culture of the trail running community. We received hundreds of nominations for the 2nd annual Keep Trail Running Weird contest, and the votes are in for the following categories:
Types of Running Foot Strike and What it Means for You
Each step and each landing starts with your feet and radiates to the rest of your body. Over many miles, the way your feet take that impact and send it to the rest of your body can mean the difference between a strong finish and a DNF. If your feet aren’t getting the right support, there’s a good chance it’ll lead to other pains or injuries higher up in your body.
So how can you start your race training literally on the right foot? That’s what we’ll talk about in this post, from understanding your running technique to knowing how to effectively support your feet.
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