The Calm Before the Storm

Things have been fairly calm here at Montrail headquarters in the few weeks after the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City.  If you haven’t already seen, check out the photos from the Wasatch Wobble 5k.  More photos are being added to the Montrail facebook page daily.

The storm is brewing however, and in this case it’s a storm of excitement and anticipation heading into a few major events in the upcoming weeks.

The Montrail Ultra Cup 2010/11 season kicks off this weekend in Oregon at the Where’s Waldo 100km near Willamette Pass.  This gorgeous setting plays host to the kick-off Ultra Cup series race for the second straight year and once again the competition is strong on both sides of the field.

TransRockies starts August 22nd and Max King and Andy Martin will be competing for the win.  Max is running very strong right now, coming off a win at the Trail Runner Uphill Challenge (15 minutes at 10% incline on a treadmill) during Outdoor Retailer and a course record run at the Ashland Hill Climb, 13.2 grueling uphill miles, with an elevation gain of 5,600 feet.  We’ll be following Max and Andy throughout the week during TransRockies in Colorado.  Good luck guys!

Also kicking off next week is the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in France.  This race is the world’s largest mountain ultra (2300 runners) and certainly one of the toughest (166km with over 9000 meters of elevation gain).  Two-time defending champ Kilian Jornet will be back to defend his title, and he’ll be challenged by the likes of Montrail athlete Geoff Roes, as well as other Americans Karl Meltzer and Scott Jurek.’s Bryon Powell will be there to cover the race and keep us posted on how Geoff is doing.  We can’t wait for this one!

Canadian Gary Robbins will be out trying to break another speed record.  A few weeks ago he took down the 80km West Coast Trail and next Friday he’ll head out on the 220km East Coast Trail and go for the record.  Follow his blog for more info.

Then in September, we take the Montrail Ultra Cup to Colorado for the very first time, as the Run Rabbit Run 50 hosts the 2nd race in the series in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on September 18.

Enjoy the action!

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