The Coastal Challenge #TCC2014 – Pre race audio and images

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The stage is set for the 2014, 10th edition Coastal Challenge. Without doubt a quality field will toe the line in Quepos tomorrow for stage one of the race (route preview here).

We held an impromptu press conference and had an opportunity to chat to each of the lite runners on how they have prepared and how they thing this 10th edition will unfold. As you well be able to tell from the audio… spirits are high and we are going to see a very exciting race.

A Podcast LogoAUDIO HERE

http://traffic.libsyn.com/talkultra/TCC2014_pre_race.mp3

Unfortunately, Anna Frost has to make the difficult decision to remove herself from the race on doctors advice. However, she will follow, help out and participate in her own unique way. You see her interview HERE

 

The Coastal Challence #TCC2014 – Stage 1 Preview

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Day 1 – Quepos to Rafki Lodge

RACE START SUNDAY FEB 2nd 0930 +/- Costa Rica Time

Total distance for day-1 of the 2014 and 10th edition of the TCC is 33.5km. Although the depart will still be from Quepos, the start point has been changed to avoid approximately 10km’s of road that in the past was used to ‘ease’ the runners into the race. However, through general consensus, this road start was not only a little uninspiring, but also it also caused runners to go off far too fast. Today, the runners will head straight into the forest and head for the final destination of Rafki Lodge in the Saverge Valley. A total elevation gain of 850m will see runners pass through 3-checkpoints; Palmas (10km), the small village of Cruce al Saverge (21km) and then at the end of a long pontoon bridge at Andarivel (29.6km) before the final push to the beautiful grounds and hotel of Rafki Lodge. In terms of terrain, it’s a relatively easy day with some wide double track. The biggest issue will be the heat… get your pace and hydration wrong on day-1 and you may just not recover as many found out in the 2013 edition of the race.

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Ones to watch:

Ladies

  • Gemma Slaughter – 2013 champion – Canadian
  • Julia Bottger (Salomon Germany) – German
  • Anna Frost (Salomon International) – New Zealnd
  • Jo Meek (unattached) – United Kingdom

Men

  • Nick Clark (Peal Izumi) – United Kingdom
  • Michael Wardian (Hoak One One/ UVU) – USA
  • Philipp Reiter (Salomon International) – Germany
  • Carlos Sa (Berg)  – Portugal
  • Vicente Juan Garcia Beneito (Lurbel) – Spain
  • Martin Gaffuri (New Balance)- France
  • Karim Mosta – France

Local ones to watch:

  • Marcelo Jiminez
  • Daniel Calderon (Altra Ambasador)

Episode 52 – Fejes, Slaughter, Steele, Kremer

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Episode 52 of Talk Ultra We have a full show with two in-depth interviews about running really long… Joe Fejes recently won the Aravaipa Running 6-day event by clocking up 555+ miles and beating running legend, Yiannis Kouros in the process. By contrast, we speak to UK runner Jon Steele who tackled ‘The Hill’ ultra; 160-miles of hill rips on a 2.9m course in under 48-hours. Gemma Slaughter, The Coastal Challenge winner from 2013 talks to us about her expectations as she prepares for the 2014 edition. Emelie Forsberg is back for smilesandmiles, Marc is with us for Talk Training and believe it or not, Speedgoat is on a cruise! That’s great for Talk Ultra as we have the lovely Stevie Kremer joining us as co host.

00:11:31 – NEWS
 
Rob Krar UROY
Michele Yates UROY
Zach Bitter male performance (11:47:21 for 100-miles)
Rory Bosio female performance (7th at UTMB and new CR)
 
The Coastal Challenge, Costa Rica is coming (3-wks) up and for the 10th anniversary it has a stacked field – Anna Frost, Mike Wardian, Nick Clark, Julia Bottger, Philipp Reiter and Jo Meek. In addition, we have last year female champion returning, Gemma Slaughter. Gemma turned up at the race in 2013 a novice and exceeded all her expectations. This year she will return, not only to defend her title but to race against tougher competition. I caught up with Gemma to discuss last years race and her expectations for this year!
 
00:16:08 – Interview – Gemma Slaughter
 
Breaking news for TCC – Carlos Sa and Martin Gaffuri will join the race!
 
Aravaipa Running 6-day
Joe Fejes 555.35m – also USA men’s record
Yiannis Kouros 551.15m – World 55-59 record
Ed Ettinghausen 476.61m – USA 50-54 record
 
1st lady – Liz Bauer 415.72m
 
I caught up with Joe Fejes for an in-depth chat about the 6-day and you can listen to that later in the show…
 
Skyrunning UK is launched with the 3x3Ultra
 
Tour of Helvellyn
  1. Ed Catmur 5:48:17
  2. Andrew Fallas 6:01:50
  3. Anthony ‘Forest’ Bethell 6:15:43
  1. Tracy Dean 6:49:31
  2. Nicky Spinks 7:25:07
  3. Carol Morgan 8:00:29
 
00:57:22 – Blog of the week – Zach Bitter’s 100-mile report on iRunfar – http://www.irunfar.com/2013/12/zach-bitter-us-100-mile-and-12-hour-track-world-records-report.html
00:57:46 – Talk Training – with Marc Laithwaite
 
01:33:30 – Interview with Jon Steele
 
02:25:20 – Interview with Joe Fejes
 
03:15:17 – Smiles and Miles with Emelie Forsberg
03:31:45 – Up and Coming races for the next two weeks:

Australia

Queensland

Bogong to Hotham | 64 kilometers | January 12, 2014 | website

Hares And Hounds 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

Victoria

Two Bays Trail Run 56km | 56 kilometers | January 12, 2014 | website

Brazil

BR 135 Ultramarathon | 135 miles | January 17, 2014 | website

BR 217 Ultramarathon | 217 miles | January 17, 2014 | website

Brazil 135 Ultramarathon | 135 miles | January 17, 2014 | website

France

Essonne

Raid 28 | 80 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Semiraid 28 | 50 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Eure-et-Loir

Ultra Raid 28 | 120 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail du Sancy/ Mont-Dore – 80 km | 80 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Schwabacher Winter Ultra | 56 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Brandenburg

HallenMarathon 50km Ultra-Lauf | 50 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Lower Saxony

7. Lauf PSV Winterlaufserie 100 KM | 100 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

7. Lauf PSV Winterlaufserie 50 KM | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

8. Lauf PSV Winterlaufserie 100 KM | 100 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

8. Lauf PSV Winterlaufserie 50 KM | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Nord Eifel Ultra | 56 kilometers | January 12, 2014 | website

India

Oxfam Trailwalker India | 100 kilometers | January 24, 2014 | website

Ultra India Race | 210 kilometers | January 15, 2014 | website

Netherlands

North Holland

Dutch Coast Ultra by Night 100 km | 50 kilometers | January 17, 2014 | website

Dutch Coast Ultra by Night 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 17, 2014 | website

Dutch Coast Ultra by Night 75 km | 75 kilometers | January 17, 2014 | website

Dutch Coast Ultra by Night (Summer Edition) | 75 kilometers | January 17, 2014 | website

Dutch Coast Ultra by Night (Summer Edition) – 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 17, 2014 | website

New Zealand

Hutt River Trail Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Réunion

Transvolcano | 52 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Spain

Valencian Community

GR10-Xtrem Valencia Ultra Trail | 93 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Thailand

Columbia Trails Masters – 50K | 50 kilometers | January 12, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

Anglesey

Coastal Trail Series – Anglesey – Ultra | 34 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Buckinghamshire

Country to Capital | 45 miles | January 11, 2014 | website

Derbyshire

Montane Spine Race | 268 miles | January 11, 2014 | website

USA

Alabama

Nicholas Wilson Memorial Tashka Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Arizona

San Tan Scramble – 50K | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

California

Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | January 11, 2014 | website

Crystal Springs 50 Km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

Pacifica Foothills Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

San Diego 50 | 50 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Steep Ravine 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Florida

Long Haul 100K | 100 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Long Haul 100M | 100 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Hawaii

Hilo To Volcano 50k Ultra Marathon and Relay | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

H.U.R.T. 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Idaho

Wilson Creek Frozen 50k | 50 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Iowa

Tripple D Winter Ultramarathon Run | 50 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

New York

The Beast of Burden Winter 100 Miler | 100 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

North Carolina

Weymouth Woods 100k Trail Run | 100 kilometers | January 18, 2014 | website

Tennessee

Swampstomper 50k | 50 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Texas

Bandera 100km | 100 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

Bandera 50km | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

Big Bend 50 | 50 kilometers | January 19, 2014 | website

Utah

Snowshoe Festival 50K | 50 kilometers | January 24, 2014 | website

Virginia

Willis River 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | January 12, 2014 | website

Washington

Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival 50 km | 50 kilometers | January 11, 2014 | website

Capitol Peak Mega-Fat Ass 34 miles | 36 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Wisconsin

Frozen Otter Ultra Trek – 32 Miles | 32 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

Frozen Otter Ultra Trek – 64 Miles | 64 miles | January 18, 2014 | website

03:38:00 – Close
 
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