Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mid Summer: Runs, Races, Shoe and Gear Updates

After the early part of summer in humid flat New Hampshire with some decent fast shorter races and the Maine Trail Running Festival 25k I am out in Utah for several weeks.
A few days after arriving I ran the Canyon to Canyon Half Marathon. A beautiful dirt road out and back course along East Canyon Creek near Park City. In part it follows the California and Mormon Trail route of the 1840's. I ran a 1;43 and finished 1st in my old guy's age group.

Shoe of choice for the day the Hoka Huaka, reviewed here. No complaints at all. This is one versatile shoe, equally adept on road or trail.
Hoka One One Huaka
The following week I assisted iRunFar.com with their race coverage of the SpeedGoat 50K from "Larry's Hole" aid station the bottom of Mineral Basin at miles 10 and 20. What an exciting race. My blog post for the race with photo album is here.

I ran hiked up and over Hidden Peak in the New Balance 980 Fresh Foam Trail. This is one fine technical trail shoe: supportive upper, smooth running on all surfaces, good grip without that I got lugs in the way feel on smoother trails and even roads. My go to shoe this summer when the trails are rougher and the miles longer. My earlier review here.

Hiking to Mineral Basin at Dawn
Anna Frost came from behind for the win.
Sage Canaday dominated for the win in his Hoka Huaka

This past Thursday I ran the Deseret Half Marathon in Salt Lake City. The course is downhill and actually follows another section of the California and Mormon Trails. It was in the high 70's at the 6AM start but didn't get much beyond 80 at the finish as some cloud cover came in to shield the sun. It still was warmer than I like for a half.  I ran 2 minutes or so faster than last year with a 1:36.12 and was first in my age group.
Shoe of choice for the downhill course the Hoka Huaka, a perfect choice.  As with all my races this month wore the adidas Climachill tops and never felt over-heated. They are onto something. Climachill review here.

Friends Wendy and Krystina also ran very well. Wendy also finished first in her age group with Krystina, in a very tough "younger folks" category, placing 6th.

Hatus place 6th, 1st, and 1s

My friend Bryon Powell of iRunFar was in Park City so we got together for an 11 miler on the trails and bike paths in Round Valley this past weekend. We staged this fun shot.  

Round Valley Park City. Photo Credit: Bryon Powell iRunFar.
Next up the Park City Half but before that more miles of trail and road run.

Happy Running!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Annual "Active Spectating" at the SpeedGoat 50K at Snowbird UT with Photo Album

I was lucky enough to be recruited by Bryon Powell and Meghan Hicks of iRunFar to help with coverage of the SpeedGoat 50K at Snowbird. I was joined by Park City running friends Jason and Stuart. We left the base and fast hiked over Hidden Peak at dawn.
Gad Valley at dawn
Our post was at the bottom of Mineral Basin, the Larry's Hole aid station. The runners came through Larry's twice at about 10 and 20 miles.
Jason and Stuart Ready to Report for iRunFar.com

And the real Larry was there running a first rate aid station with anything a runner could want on a day that turned hot for the slower runners.

Larry and his crew took care of everyone!
Sage Canaday (Hoka) reaching for his bottle to refill at this cup free race.

Sage Canaday took the $1000 prime for first over the top of Hidden Peak at about 8 miles and led the rest of the way in a commanding performance. He was wearing the Hoka Huaka I like so much and reviewed here. He was hard to catch on film or on foot. So fast!

Kasie Enman (Salomon) 
Kasie Enman, a world mountain champ from Vermont, in her first Ultra, came through Larry's in the lead at 10 and 20 but in the end the incomparable Anna Frost from New Zealand took the win.

Anna Frost (Salomon)

Working her way through the field, ultra road specialist Ellie Greenwood moved up to take 3d place.

Kasie Enman (Montrail)

Many runners had a neat temp course elevation tattoo 

Back at the top of Hidden Peak we found this wild Red Bull truck. Red Bull is a sponsor of the race. We got some... 
Ultra legend and Race Director Karl Meltzer and Sage Canaday at the finish
Many more pictures at this iCloud Album. (125 pictures)
iRunFar's results coverage here

My 2013 SpeedGoat 50K post here
My 2012 SpeedGoat 50K post here