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The circus is coming, a trail transformation and trail running is all over the news.
Happy Tuesday before Mother’s Day, trail friends. As Mother’s Day approaches, let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible strength, perseverance, and dedication that you moms out there bring to both running and motherhood. Whether you’re balancing training with nap schedules or pushing a jogging stroller up a mountain, your commitment to your children and your sport are inspiring.
In this edition, we have a lovely piece from Matt Abbott, who writes about his journey to the trails. And in the DFL, we add a little sweetness to our runs with the help of a classic chocolate goo.
Mike McKnight staged a comeback for the ages at the Cocodona 250 (?: 1). After a horrible day one that found him in 62nd place, he pressed through the field during the latter half of the race to win the event outright!
The last time Dakota Jones won a race on the island of La Palma, he famously laid a flower on an exhausted Kílian Jornet’s chest at the finish line… all in good fun. This weekend Dakota returned 11 years later to win the Transvulcania by UTMB ultramarathon for a second time. Italian Martina Valmassoi won the women’s race (?: 3).
Want more racing? Check out Justin Mock ‘s “This Week In Running,” and these upcoming events that are still open for registration.
For years, Matt Abbott didn’t consider himself an athlete. Teased as a kid for lacking in ball-sport acumen, he grew to associate athleticism with bullying.
By the time he turned 28 however, his distaste for exercise had caught up to him. “I was 50 pounds overweight and couldn’t walk up the stairs without getting winded,” he writes. “I didn’t like the person I had become.”
After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he became enthralled by pictures his friends took on hikes. And though he started hiking, he realized the only way to visit these enchanted places, with his dwindling time, was to run.
⏪ Reverse Engineering: French athlete Guillaume de Lustrac ran a world-record backwards marathon on a dare. After a bet with a friend, he laid down a 3 hour, 25 minute time, placed 19th overall among 103 participants, and broke the Guinness World Record.