Trailhead: UTMB week, another big new FKT, and a new episode of The Trailhead podcastUltraSignup
It’s UTMB week in Chamonix and it’s hard to talk about anything else. But pay attention there was a new FKT on the Pacific Crest trail.
Happy Tuesday, trail friends. This week, thousands of runners from across the world gather in Chamonix, France for the annual Dacia Ultra-trail du Mont Blanc. For many, this race marks the end of the summer running season, but don’t put away those running shoes there are plenty of races on the calendarahead.
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Team USA showed up strong to the legendary Italian mountain race Challenge Stellina, putting up a 3rd place finish from Anna Gibson (?: 2), 2nd place for Christian Allen, and first place for the men’s team by Christian and Joseph DeMoor. Get the full story on Trailrunner.com.
The inaugural Ultra-trail du Mont Blanc, continued
“As the racers gathered, so did the spectators. Krissy Moehl began to realize how different the vibe was in Europe. “In the US, it was all very homegrown. Everyone racing would have just one degree of separation. Races were organized out of someone’s garage. Here were over seven hundred racers and—even for this first edition—spectators lining the street at 4 a.m. In Europe, even then, trail racing was a spectator sport.””
Buzz and Corrine are in Chamonix, France. UTMB is all anyone is talking about. They discuss who to watch and try to make sense of the “stones” qualification system.
Corrine interviews to Rob Goyen about UltraSignup’s Dirt Circus trail parties happening this fall, including the big event in Bentonville. Then, a curious caller asks Buzz about running famous race courses on your own schedule how to practice Leave No Trace principles.
Hi, I’m Cat Bradley and I used to hate wearing sunglasses. I’d have to take them off all the time: under shady trees (they were too dark), bombing downhills (I couldn’t see all the ruts and roots), and after hours on the trail (I’d get headaches from having them on too long: kind of a problem for an ultra-runner). I was stoked when Method Seven asked me to help design the first-ever trail-running-specific lenses. Thanks to advanced notch filtering and never-done-before trail-optimized contrast-enhancing polarization, these lenses give me insane amounts of light and incredible contrast. I literally never take them off and forget they’re on my face.
I’m so proud of these lenses and the three ultra-lightweight frames we’ve launched since we started this dream project of mine (including the just-released Silverton). We’re offering $75 off all TRAIL glasses (code ULTRASIGNUP) through September 15th. Plus, if you haven’t already, join Method Seven’s newsletter for a chance to win a race entry of your choice of up to $250 (one entry per person).
? Go-To Gear: You ever wonder what people are running in? We asked and you answered! It was no shocker to see that Hoka was the most popular shoe brand, but we were intrigued to find the Saucony Xodus Ultra 2 as a leading favorite.
What’s your Reaction? +1 0 +1 0 +1 0 Each year, UltraSignup closes out the year with Keep Trail Running Weird Awards. We consider the awards a ‘podium finish’ for the everyday runner, honoring the beautifully weird and free-spirited culture of the trail running community. Since 2021, we have recognized 5 winners nominated by the […]
Below you will find a list of races that open their registration on or around January 1. Some of these events will sell out quickly, be prepared. Others offer the best possible pricing to early birds. Whichever camp your goal race falls into, be prepared, be patient, and don't be afraid of wait lists. May the odds be ever in your favor.