Good morning. We’re headed “back to the future” this week. Bob Crowley and Tim Twietmeyer follow in the footsteps of the doomed Donner Party to reveal a new type of ultra adventure. Runners time travel back to their first race and offer advice for the newbie runner in all of us. Plus, your weekly round-up of news, gear, nutrition, tips, and of course, some DFL funnies.
– Jenn Hughes
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
A No Rules Party in the Desert
And now for something totally different, The Speed Project’s high-vibe, hip-hop ultra lit up the desert with an international parade of speedsters running from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. It was a no rules, no spectators, choose your own speedy adventure.
It’s the people not the pace, volunteer, Squirrel’s Nut Butter always, two socks = no blisters, duck tape nipples, eat real food, always drink the beer, make a fire, carry less crap. – “Dadbod” aka @ClintJohn0522
Enjoy not knowing. Part of the thrill in ultras is the unknown. No matter how hard you prepare, something will happen that you didn’t think of. Try to get comfortable with that. – Jess Mullen, ultrarunner, Fit First dietitian and coach
A Historical Trail Adventure
From settlers on the Oregon Trail to Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, there’s likely a piece of American folklore–possibly involving a traverse–that catches your imagination.
For Bob Crowley and Tim Twietmeyer, their fascination was the ill-fated Donner Party–those infamous pioneers who were forced to choose between survival and cannibalism.
While at first Bob and Tim “were just two old friends chasing cannibals across a wide Western landscape,” soon it turned into a new type of ultra trail adventure–History Trail Trekking. Read the story and get inspired to plan your own history trek.
? UTMB Expansion: “We wanted to avoid competing with a company infinitely more powerful than us,” says Catherine Poletti regarding UTMB’s partnership with Ironman in this feature which explores the “Ironmanisation” of trail running while offering new perspective on the Poletti’s position.
✨Poetry in Motion:Anton’s back! Not just at Leadville, but weaving ultra musings and training tips into prose. Anton’s advice in this article for Ultra Running Magazine: Have a training “practice centered around intuition and trying hard when the spirit moves you.”