|View of the Colorado from the hill behind Red Cliffs Lodge -Salomon Ultra Trail Running Academy 2017|
Salomon also announced a comprehensive effort to keep trail running a clean sport introducing a comprehensive and transparent athlete testing and health monitoring program in collaboration with Athletes for Transparency.
Sixteen top Salomon athletes will be tested up to 10 times per year in 2017. In 2018, all top ranked athletes, from all brands, will be required to submit to testing before 5 major trail races Salomon is sponsoring to race. Athletes with the sometimes abused Therapeutic Use Exceptions (TUE) will be considered "to sick to race" with particular focus on TUE's for corticosteroids, asthma medications which can provide performance advantages if mis used. Also see my article for Competitor Magazine here
At the conclusion of the Academy the runners participated in the Behind the Rocks 50 miler in Moab. I was invited to participate in everything, as best I could, with these speedsters... What a treat!
The Academy was headquartered at the Red Cliffs Lodge about 15 miles down the Colorado River from Moab. The running was directly across from the Lodge, at Fisher Towers and in the Castle Peak area a few miles away.
|Castle Peak -Salomon Ultra Trail Running Academy 2017|