Grandmaster of Disaster

After running the Grandmaster 100K last month in the Arizona desert, I now share one characteristic with legendary ultrarunner Jim Walmsley, who has now twice set the course record at the Western States 100. No, I did not win Western States. I haven’t even tried to qualify for it (yet). But we do indeed share …

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This is Fun? Damn Right!

A COUPLE OF MILES into last Sunday’s trail marathon, as I wound my way along the Potawatomi Trail, a low roar of excited babble came from across the lake to the right. The guy in front of me glanced in that direction. “Sounds like the five-milers over there,” he said, referring to the shorter race …

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Thrills, No Frills, And A Wish Fulfilled

The vernal equinox is upon us, and with it came the annual No Frills All Thrills Trail Race at Huron Meadows Metropark. Hard to believe it's been a year since the memorable 2014 race, with its Iditarod-like conditions. The NFAT is one of my favorite races, in part due to the minimalist approach the organizers …

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Cold Logic: No Frills All Thrills Race Recap

I HAVE FOUND SOMETHING TO APPRECIATE ABOUT THIS WINTER. (Warning: it's based on the fact that I ran outdoors all winter, so I'm guessing that many of you will not be nodding your head in agreement.) Okay, here goes. . . . (Remember, I warned you.) . . . Last Saturday, I ran the No …

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