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Channeling Chuck Norris for the Superior Trail 100 Mile

Posted by scott on August 31, 2011

My sister just gave me this shirt for my birthday. I just might cut the sleeves off and wear this at the Superior Trail 100 Mile! Awesome.

I think this calls for a post of Chuck Norris Facts about the Superior Trail Races.  I’ll start – who else is in?


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Superior Trail Race Haiku

Posted by scott on August 28, 2011

I love haiku, it is so meditative.  Here are some snarky haiku about the Superior Trail Races:

26, 50,
Or maybe the 100?
They all hurt.  Pain cave.

34 hours
40k elevation
Finish for ice cream!

Sonju roots, Drainpipe
Carlton Peak and The Gorge
Why can’t we be friends?

Up, down, up and down
Run when you can at Sawtooth!
Really sorry, quads.

S! cap, eat and drink
Repeat each 60 minutes
For 2 days, 1 night

Rivers, streams, and creeks
Cross and hold on to hand rails
If there are any

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What is it Like to Tackle 100 Miles?

Posted by scott on August 24, 2011

It’s hard to describe to people how exciting it feels to tackle a race like the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile, or many other trail ultras.  I watch the following videos for inspiration, and they capture the feelings that I enjoy about doing tough trail ultra marathons.  Maybe these will help communicate the idea.  Enjoy:

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9 Reasons to Do the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile

Posted by scott on August 20, 2011

There are far more reasons to not do any 100 mile race than there are to do one.  But here are 9 reasons to do the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile Run:

  1. Awesome singletrack, and loads of it.
  2. Breathtaking scenery.
  3. 36-ish hours in the wilderness.
  4. Rocks, roots.
  5. Fantastic aid stations and aid station volunteers.
  6. A great Race Director (and family).
  7. Carleton Peak, Temperance River, Moose Mountain, Crosby-Manitou gorge(s).
  8. Hearing the Poplar River near the finish.
  9. Epic everything.

These factors are big enough for me that I feel a pull to tackle this race, even if I’m not quite ready.  You should enter any race with a goal to finish, but this is one where any time on the trail is a great time.

Here’s to 102.6 miles on the greatest trail in Minnesota!

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Top Secret! The New Balance Minimus Zero is Coming!

Posted by scott on August 2, 2011

Wow, I seriously can’t keep up.  I have bagged about 200 miles in my New Balance Minimus shoes this summer, and haven’t yet taken time to write my review.  Shame on me!  I am loving them, my main or only complaint so far is a bit on purism… there is a slight heel lift.

Guess what?  That will be gone next Spring.  Check out these early release New Balance Minimus Zero shots.  They are going to zero drop!  I can’t wait to see more on these shoes, and test them out when the time comes.  Good stuff!


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