After a few relaxing days in the Tetons, we headed northeast to continue our 2015 Western adventure. Our destination was the Ghosts of Yellowstone 100-mile run in the Tobacco Roots Mountains of Southwest Montana. We stayed in Ennis, MT and made the trek to Pony, MT (race HQ) for the 2015 edition of Rampage the Roots.
I wanted to avenge a defeat orchestrated by Mother Nature, who with her Labor Day hot flashes brought me to submission with 90-degree heat in last year’s Flatlanders event. I sought to use the 2015 race to honor four family members who had passed away since my first ultra at the Flatlanders event in 2012.
By John Schroeder “That was one of the hardest races weather-wise in our history,” said race director Pat Onines the day after the Chicago Lakefront 50/50. “If you showed up yesterday, we salute you. It says a lot about you and your character.” Why do we run ultras? Some, like Zach Bitter, run for records,
By Caolan MacMahon “Ever Tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” ~ Samuel Beckett October, 2014: I ran the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) 50 miler on a bit of a wing and a prayer. I had just raced a marathon two weeks prior and that was my longest ‘training’ run and
It was another great day to run the trails of historic Mount Airy Forest, near downtown Cincinnati. Temperatures were perfect, trails were blown clear of leaves, and marked well, and remained litter-free throughout the event. Two returning champions came back to make a run at the unique pottery awards this race is known for, appropriate for its stone steps moniker.
I’m about to do the thing I said I would NEVER do. Run an ultra. My “bumpy” journey started last May in Vancouver, B.C. and ended in a hurricane October 10th, on the Oregon Coast!