Specificity: Trail vs. Road

Posted by relhats in Blog, Commentary, Uncategorized on Feb 13, 2013

Americans are obsessed with status, acknowledgment/approval, comfort and excess. Acknowledgment isn’t limited to Americans, that is a very human motivation and a colossal incentive for progress. Status and excess are also desired by other peoples, though it is typical of American culture and something that we are defined by. It then isn’t a surprise that […]

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Who Doesn’t Like to Win?

Posted by relhats in Blog, Commentary, Race Report on Feb 4, 2013 How does this even happen?

Inside Trail Racing Team member, Victor Ballesteros, dominated the illustrious Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 miler this past weekend in Sacramento, CA. The course is a flat and somewhat monotonous 5-mile loop of paved and dirt path that delivers some of the fastest 50k and 50 mile times in recent US history. Such a race […]

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Western States 100 Questionnaire

Posted by relhats in Blog, Commentary on Nov 11, 2011

On the eve of the WS100 entry application, we thought it would be interesting to gage runners’ interest, thoughts, and general view of the race, so an informal comment-style questionnaire follows along with my answers. (just copy questions and write over my answers). 1) Do you want to run Western States? -yes and no.  It’s […]

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The Frontier of Ultrarunning

Posted by relhats in Commentary on Oct 18, 2011

The Significance of the Frontier in American Ultrarunning. Motivated by the 1890 census that stated there was not a distinct frontier line any longer, Fredrick Jackson Turner wrote and delivered his thesis “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” in 1893.  In one reading in one afternoon, one man essentially closed the frontier and, […]

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UROY: How Big Is Your Running Award?

Posted by relhats in Commentary, WS100 on Oct 11, 2011

Tim:  What a year of racing so far. American ultrarunning has experienced globalization in its biggest events and narrow perceptions have been peeled wide open. It all seemingly began with Salomon surging to a convincing men’s and women’s sweep at last year’s North Face Endurance Challenge Championship in San Francisco, thus earning the $20,000 prize […]

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