What a time to be a trail runner. It seems like every week the sport grows in new and interesting ways. And this week was no different, with Tim Tollefson bringing his vision of a Mammoth Trail Fest to life and Dylan Bowman expanding FreeTrail’s offerings.
More than 700 runners arrived at the Mammoth Trail Fest this weekend for educational events, community, and trail running across the top of California. Three days offered three events (four if you count the kids race! ?: 1): 26km, 50km, and a Dragon’s Back Ascent. In Arizona, Jubilee Paige captures a 50-mile runner on the Sky Peaks course (?: 3).
Being successful at every stage of a life and a running career is no easy task. Allie “Mac” McLaughlin has had her share of injury struggles and setbacks, but says they have guided her life decisions in a way that she is now grateful for. And she’s stepped on the podium of races from high school, through Division I as a CU Buffalo, and now in the professional trail running ranks. This week, Morgan Tilton profiles the ever resilient Allie Mac.
The best mountain runners know, poles are vital to covering a ton of vert fast. When the terrain gets steep, it can be more efficient to bring your arms into the equation.
The technique, long used by ski mountaineers, utilizes the muscles of your back and arms to help propel you upward. In technical terrain, they also help with balance and can give you more points of contact when you are bombing descents. Make yourself a quadruped to save your quads.