Japan 2013

October 28, 2013

-By Dakota Jones I’m back in Japan. Last year I arrived in Tokyo completely unprepared for what I was to find. If Japanese people weren’t so nice I likely wouldn’t have made it past the airport. Unable to go forward, too poor to go back before scheduled, I would have spent ten unhappy days in [...]

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World Mtn Running Champs and a Bum Ankle

September 14, 2013

I think it’s fair to start off this report by saying this turned out to be a very disappointing race. I hate to be negative and I can still even find some positive aspects to the trip to Poland but at the same time it was an important race for me to do well at. [...]

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Three Sisters Adventure Day

September 2, 2013

I’ve been waiting the whole summer for another shot at the Three Sisters Traverse record. Back in about 2005-6 Kevin Grove took me across all three peaks for the first time. He trashed me that first time and little did I know until the third and final peak that day that we were racing it [...]

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Cascade Trifecta: Attempt #2

July 26, 2013

We both sat slumped in the snow, 2000 vertical feet from the summit of Mt Rainier, discussing our options. It was getting close to 2pm, late in the day for anyone heading up that high on the mountain. Both of us were exhausted as we’d just pushed to 19,000 feet of elevation gained in the [...]

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Teva, I mean, GoPro Mtn Games

June 19, 2013

Teva I mean, GoPro Mtn Games Still takes some getting used to anytime a big event decides to change sponsors but uses it in their name for branding. Each of the past three years I’ve made the pilgrimage to Vail for the Mtn Games and when you repeat events from year to year with the [...]

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Yankee Springs Trail Run

June 6, 2013

Back in February an email entered my inbox from Nick Liversedge (Midwest MHW Rep) via Mountain Hardwear that was requesting an athlete to come to Grand Rapids, Michigan in June for a little three-day race and to do a talk at the local running store. I looked at my calendar, thought a little while about [...]

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Well Done, Mauri! An account of El Cruce Columbia.

February 20, 2013

Well Done Mauri! A small intimate group is a nice way to spend a couple days high in the Andes. I’ll take it over a big group of very familiar faces anytime. The last couple of days have been well spent, getting to know athletes from around the world with different cultures (awkward at times) [...]

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The Montrail Fluid Flex: A Review

February 15, 2013

By: Ellie Greenwood First I should start this post with the note that I am decidedly not a gear freak. Second I should mention that, in all honesty, I’m not the most knowledgable on the specifics of this running shoe and that. Please don’t start throwing around words like ‘drop’, my eyes will glaze over [...]

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Red Hot 50k

February 8, 2013

I just did it! I am now signed up the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, Europe’s premier 100-mile race. I started the race in 2011 but dropped out shortly after halfway. My season had been long and I was out of condition, both mentally and physically, to run 100 miles around Mont Blanc. In retrospect [...]

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Best Natural Trainer (my opinion, of course)

January 20, 2013

Now here is a shoe that I’ve been waiting for for a long time: a truly great trainer that combines a good amount of cushion with a lot of flexibility and a minimal, but well fitting upper in a natural running shoe package. Even if you run in “minimal” shoes, some days your legs just [...]

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