Michael Wardian returns to The Coastal Challenge #TCC2018

Michael Wardian never stops…. He is a real life Forest Gump. Just recently he ran 400km in the Gobi Desert, a first for him! Wardian though started the year with a world record running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, you can listen to an in-depth interviewer with him HERE about this incredible feat.

It’s a dangerous question asking Wardian, ‘So, what is next?’

It is never a one word answer.

For example, in a few days, October 14th, he will toe the line at Hartford Marathon Charity Chase. Followed by the Marine Corps Marathon on the 22nd. November brings NYC Marathon, JFK 50 Miler, Flanigan’s 10km… do I need to go on? You get the picture!

In 2014, Wardian toed the line at The Coastal Challenge and had a great race winning and at the time setting a new CR ahead of quality runners such Philipp Reiter, Martin Gaffuri and Nick Clark.

Wardian promised he would return and in 2018, he will once again arrive on Costa Rican soil for a race that he loves.

 1. Michael, you run and run, race and race. It seems a weekend never passes without you racing at least one race and more often than not, two or three… How do you keep the enthusiasm to race/ run so much? 

MRW: I definitely enjoy toeing the line and throwing down.  The thrill of racing is this something that is internal and I believe keeps me fresh and focused.  I love seeing what I am capable of and I hope I inspire people to do a bit more than they think they can. 

2. This amount of racing and running must take a toll on you and your body – how do you avoid injury?

MRW:  I do race a lot and ask my body and mind  to perform at the highest levels repeatedly but I think instead of causing injury it actually avoids injury a bit because my body is continually adapting and evolving and always improving. That said since my injuries in 2012, I am super mindful to error on the side of less miles and more recovery if something seems off. I also take massage often, foam roll, stretch and work with a personal trainer to get strong and avoid imbalances and injuries. 

3. You have had an incredible 2017 with a full calendar – what are the highlights?

MRW:  2017, has definitely been a banner year, some events that comes to mind are:

1) 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, average pace of 2:45, new World Record

2) Big Sur Marathon Champion 

3) Kauai Marathon Champion

4) Leadville 100 miler/ Pikes Peak Marathon double break Marshall Ulrich record from 1993

5) Ultragobi 400k finish, new personal record for distance and time. 

4. You have raced TCC before, you won it! What is bringing you back to Costa Rica?

MRW: I loved TCC, when I won it a few years ago and have been wanting to come back since but with scheduling it didn’t work out but as soon as the schedule permitted I knew I would come back if the opportunity was there. I loved the organization, culture and nature. 

5. When you won the race, at times you struggled with some of the technical terrain. You used your run speed to close gaps and seize an advantage – any new plans or strategies for 2018?

MRW: I think I got pretty lucky last time to win the TCC, I was was just getting my fitness back and used what has always been my strength faster road running but since 2014, I have really focused on trails and feel much improved so looking forward to putting those earned skills to use in 2018. 

6. You placed 3rd at Marathon des Sables some year’s ago and this year, Tom Evans matched this. Are you excited to race toe-to-toe and see who is the better on Costa Rican soil?

MRW:  I am very excited to race Tom Evans but even more excited to get to run with and know the guys and girls racing. I love connecting with people and making new friends so hoping we get to push each other during the race and become friendly after. I am also excited for my family to meet some of the top athletes in the sport on a personal level and see who is causing me to suffer everyday. 

7. Chema Martinez will return to TCC and the UK’s Marcus Scotney will run, do you know much about them and do you have any strategies to get the edge for victory?

MRW: I just heard of Chema Martinez from my buddy Paul during the 400k UltraGobi, he sounds strong and exciting to get to race with him. I don’t know Marcus Scotney but I am sitting with some English guys and they said he is very strong and on the English 100k World Team…I think I just need to stay in the hunt and run hard when I sense an opportunity. 

8. Heat, humidity, a variety of terrain and stunning views – what excites you most about coming back to TCC and for those new to the race, what three tips can you provide that will make the 2018 experience a special one?

MRW:  I definitely think you should be ready for heat, humidity mixed terrain, the views are spectacular and I am super excited about them. A few tips are be ready to run hard because the pace can be fast especially for early in the year, there are legit climbs and some parts can get technical. Also, there is a little altitude that I didn’t expect the first time. 

9. You are bringing family to TCC this year, does this make it extra special?

MRW: I am definitely excited to share TCC with Jennifer, Pierce and Grant and it will be super special as none of my family have gotten to experience the Tica hospitality. I think they will be as blown away as I have been by the nature, beauty and landscape but most particularly the people. 

10. Finally, TCC is in February, dare I ask what the rest of 2018 holds for you?

MRW: 2018, should be super interesting, I am trying to decide exactly where to race right now and would like to do some new events in different and unique places. If you know anything cool please let me know or your audience. 

The 2018 edition of TCC is already looking like a stunning race. Two-time MDS champion Elisabet Barnes will return to Costa Rica and the UK’s Marcus Scotney who won the Cape Wrath Ultra and the Dragons Back Race has his first TCC experience ahead of him. – read HERE.

In addition, the UK’s Tom Evans will also run the 2018 TCC, read HERE.

TCC as it is affectionately known is a multi-day race starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. It is an ultimate multi-day running experience that offers a new challenge even to the most experienced runner. Taking place over 6-days, the race hugs the coastline of Costa Rica, traveling in and out of the stunning Talamanca mountain range. Even the strongest competitors are reduced to exhausted shells by the arrival of the finish line due to the combination of technical trails, dense forest, river crossings, waterfalls, long stretches of golden beach, dusty access roads, high ridges and open expansive plains.

You can read and view images from the 2017 edition HERE

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Episode 128 – Michael Wardian, Hayden Hawks and Pushpa Chandra

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Episode 128 of Talk Ultra is here and what a show… we speak in-depth with the incredible Michael Wardian after his record breaking World Marathon Challenge. We speak to star in the making, Hayden Hawks and Niandi Carmont brings us her first female ‘one-to-one’ interviews with Pushpa Chandra. We have the news, chat, gossip and of course Speedgoat co-hosts.

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It was our 2017 Lanzarote Training camp and I have to say what a huge success it was. We had 40-clients who came from as far afield as Canada to take part in our 7-days of fun. It really was special and so great to get so much awesome feedback. I will post a link to images and audio feedback in our show notes.

We had some inspiring people attend and in future shows we will have audio following some of the incredible stories. To kick it off and following on from my discussion with Niandi in our last show. Niandi brings you the very first of female ‘one-to-one’ interviews with Pushpa Chandra.

00:27:30 INTERVIEW with Pushpa Chandra

01:12:28 NEWS

World Marathon Challenge

Well, the big news is Mike Wardian ran 7-marathons on 7-continents in 7-days. Wow. He ran 2:54 in Antarctica, 2:45 in South America, 2:42 in North America, 2:37 in Europe, 2:45 in Africa, 2:49 in Asia, and 2:45 in Australia. In the process he set a new world record average time of 2:45.

01:22:54 INTERVIEW with Michael Wardian

Women’s winner, Chile’s Silvana Camelio ran 4:14 in Antarctica, 3:45 in South America, 3:58 in North America, 4:08 in Europe, 4:10 in Africa, 4:34 in Asia), and 4:37 in Australia. The last result almost gave away her overall victory but she held on by just 6-minutes That 4:37 in Australia left her just six minutes ahead of China’s Guoping Xie.

The Spine

Carol Morgan blasted around the tough course in 109-hours 54-minutes – unbelievably, 43-hours quicker than the previous ladies best.

In the men’s race it looked to be a battle between two previous winners, Pavel Paloncy and Eugeni Rosello Sole but Tom Hollins came from behind and clinched victory in 99-hours 25-minutes. Tom won the 2016 edition of The Challenger, the Spines ‘fun run’ race! We hope to have an interview with Tom in the next show.

Coming up…

The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica has a super stacked field with Chema Martinez, Tom Owens, Sondre Amdahl, Jason Schlarb and so many more in the men’s race.

For the ladies we have to previous champions, Veronica Bravo and Ester Alves heading up strong competition from Elisabet Barnes and Anna Cometi.

In the US it’s the Sean O’Brien 100k.

RUNNING BEYOND BOOK

This week I will be in Amsterdam on Feb 3rd, 4th and 5th for a Trails in Motion event and Running Beyond book signing with Mud Sweat and Trails

We are going to have Running Beyond Event which will take place 3, 4 and 5th March in London, plans are progressing for that… watch this space.

I will be also going to Sofia in Bulgaria on the 17th, 18th and 19th March for a trail, mountain and Skyrunning expo

02:36:50 INTERVIEW with Hayden Hawks

UP & COMING RACES

Australia

Queensland

Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 100km | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 50km | 50 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Run | 82 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

65 km | 65 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Canada

Yukon

Yukon Arctic 100M | 100 miles | February 05, 2017 | website

Yukon Arctic 300M | 300 miles | February 05, 2017 | website

Yukon Arctic 430M | 430 miles | February 05, 2017 | website

Chad

Half TREG | 90 kilometers | February 12, 2017 | website

TREG | 180 kilometers | February 12, 2017 | website

Chile

60K | 60 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Costa Rica

Adventure Category | 155 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

Expedition Category | 236 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

Finland

Lapland

66° North Ultra Race | 66 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

Roavve Polar Ultra 300 | 308 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

Rovaniemi 150 | 150 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

Rovaniemi 300 | 300 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

Rovaniemi 66 | 66 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

France

Aude

Gruissan Phoebus Trail | 50 kilometers | February 12, 2017 | website

Côtes-d’Armor

Défi Glazig (45 + 18) | 63 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Germany

Lower Saxony

Brocken-Challenge | 86 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

India

Gujarat

135 Miles | 135 miles | February 10, 2017 | website

160 km | 160 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

50 km | 50 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

Run the Rann 101 km | 101 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

Run the Rann 161 km | 161 kilometers | February 10, 2017 | website

Ireland

Kildare

Donadea 50K | 50 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Italy

Marche

Maratona sulla sabbia – Ultra maratona | 50 kilometers | February 12, 2017 | website

Kenya

Kimbia Kenya 100 km | 100 kilometers | February 03, 2017 | website

Kimbia Kenya 50 km | 50 kilometers | February 03, 2017 | website

New Zealand

Tarawera 100K Ultramarathon | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Tarawera 60K Ultramarathon | 60 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Tarawera 85K Ultramarathon | 85 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Oman

Wadi Bih Run | 72 kilometers | February 03, 2017 | website

Spain

Canary Islands

Marathón ‘Isla del Meridiano’ – 86 km | 86 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Region of Murcia

100 km | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Thailand

100 km Run | 100 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

50 km Solo | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

66 km | 66 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

75 km Run | 75 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Jungle 100 | 100 kilometers | February 17, 2017 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Arc of Attrition | 100 miles | February 10, 2017 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series – South Devon – Ultra | 34 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Oxfordshire

Thames Trot 50 | 50 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Surrey

The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way Multistage Ultra | 66 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

USA

Arizona

50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Pemberton Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Arkansas

White Rock Classic 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

California

American Canyon 50K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Fort Ord Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Jed Smith Ultra Classic – 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Jed Smith Ultra Classic – 50 Miler | 50 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Ordnance 100K | 100 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Sean O’Brian 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Sean O’Brian 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Sean O’Brian 50-Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Florida

110 With Donna Ultra Marathon | 110 miles | February 12, 2017 | website

Iron Horse 100 km | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Iron Horse 100 Mile | 100 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

Iron Horse 50 Mile | 50 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

Lost 118 | 118 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

Massachusetts

50 km | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

North Carolina

Uwharrie 40-Mile Mountain Run | 40 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Oregon

Bristow 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

South Carolina

Mill Stone 50K | 50 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

Rut Rogue 40s – 40 Mile 3-5 Person Relay | 40 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Rut Rogue 40s – 40 Mile Run | 40 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Texas

100K | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

100K Relay | 100 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

100 Mile | 100 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

100M Relay | 100 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

50K | 50 kilometers | February 11, 2017 | website

50 mile | 50 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

Piney Woods TrailFest 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile | 100 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile | 50 miles | February 04, 2017 | website

Virginia

The Wild Oak Trail 100 | 100 miles | February 11, 2017 | website

Washington

Orcas Island 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Wisconsin

John Dick Memorial 50K | 50 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

Venezuela

Ultra Laguna de Urao | 65 kilometers | February 04, 2017 | website

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Wardian nails the World Marathon Challenge

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Michael Wardian needs no introduction. The dude has been blowing our minds for years with a stunning display of running. Only recently I wrote an article for IRUN4ULTRA (here) about Wardian’s incredible 2016.

Well, ‘The Running Man’ has kicked off 2017 in fine style with the World Marathon Challenge. Yes, 7-marathons on 7-continents in 7-days.

Ask anyone, running 7-marathons back-to-back is a tough challenge but doing them with just 16-hours sleep and all at an average pace of a new world record 2:45:56 sets the mark to a whole new level The fastest marathon was in Miami where Wardian clocked 2:37:56 – he said it was a tough day!

The challenge began in Antarctica on Jan 23rd and concluded in Sydney, Australia just 7-days later. Argentina, Miami, Madrid, Morocco and Dubai filled the gap.

The previous record of 3:32:25 held by Dan Cartica was blown off the scale by Wardian who in his interview for Talk Ultra podcast discussed how tough, physically and mentally this challenge was.

The World Marathon Challenge was the brainchild of Richard Donovan (Ireland). He himself completed the challenge twice, the first time for a charity, GOAL and the 2nd time in 2012 when he lowered the elapsed record to 4-days, 22-hours and 3-minutes. The first ‘official’ challenge took place in 2015.

You can listen to a 1-hour special with Michael Wardian on Talk Ultra podcast released Friday 3rd February on this website.

Michael Wardian – The Running Man on IRUN4ULTRA

“He keeps running and running. Michael Wardian just never stops. Many runners have been given the tag, ‘Forest Gump’ and in 2016 we certainly witnessed a couple of real life ‘Gump’s’ in Pete Kostelnick and Karl Speedgoat Meltzer who respectively set two new records: Running Across the USA and setting an FKT on the Appalachian Trail. Kostelnick and Speedgoat produced two remarkable performances, but Michael Wardian raced 47 events in 2016, he raced 1,254-miles in total and in the process, he set 2 World records, had 8-victories, 22-podiums, 31-top ten placings and 26 ‘master’s’ victories. Wardian is a man on a mission and 2016 is not an unusual year… this committed husband and father of two races like this, year-in and year-out.”

Read about Michael Wardian in my article for IRUN4ULTRA  HERE

Episode 87 – Forsberg Hose Wardian

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Episode 87 od Talk Ultra is all about Transvulcania with interviews with Emelie Forsberg and Blake Hose. We speak with Mike Wardian who set a treadmill 50k world record (again). The News, a Blog, Up and Coming Races and Niandi Carmont co hosts.
NEWS
 
Help Nepal – Nepal images ‘FACES of NEPAL’ – order a print and all funds donated to Nepal charities https://iancorless.org/2015/04/28/nepal-appeal-nepalearthquake/
 
Where is Karl
Karl is running the Cruel Jewel 108 miler on Friday at noon. 33,000′ of climb in the North Georgia Mountains.  Very cool course.  So, I could do Thursday, our same normal time.  I’ll adjust for a time change when I get there, you just call the normal time. PS – He won the race!
 
Joe Fejes EMU 6-day world trophy
 Joe Fejes finished the event with 606.243 miles, which resets the American record for miles run in six days on a non-track surface. – Congratulations to the incredible Joe Fejes. 606 miles in 6 days. Yes, 101 miles everyday for 6 straight days.
Transvulcania

Men

1. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) Adidas Trail – 6h52’39”

2. Dani Garcia Comez (ESP) – 7h21’28”

3. Blake Hose (AUS) Salomon – 7h25’23”

4. Dakota Jones (USA) Salomon – 7h28’59”

5. Zach Miller (USA) Nike Trail Elite – 7h29’00”

Women

1. Emelie Forsberg (SWE) Salomon – 8h32’59”

2. Anna Comet Pasqua (ESP) – 9h02’57”

3. Myriam Marie Guillot Boisset – 9h15’06”

4. Alicia Shay (USA) Nike Trail Elite – 9h17’49”

5. Magdalena Laczak (POL) Salomon – 9h23’45”
Thames Path 100
Max Willcocks 16:35:11
Sally Ford (4th overall) 17:33:42
Wardian 2:59:49 for 50k on a treadmill
 
INTERVIEW
 
Michael Wardian
TNF 100 is this weekend
 
and Zegama 
 
Ionut Zinca (Rank 2 – ROU), Marco De Gasperi (Rank 3 – ITA), Tadei Pivk (Rank 4 – ITA), Zaid Ait Malek (Rank 6 – MAR), Aritz Egea (Rank 7 – ESP), Alfredo Gil (Rank 10 – ESP), Jokin Lizeaga (Rank 12 – ESP), Michel Lanne (Rank 19 – FRA), Eirik Haugsnes (Rank 20 – NOR), Manuel Merillas (Rank 25 – ESP), Hassan Ait (Rank 27 – ESP), Jessed Hernandez (Rank 32 – ESP), Pere Rullan (Rank 33 – ESP), Imanol Goni (Rank 35 – ESP), Florian Reichert (Rank 37 – GER), Cristobal Adell(Rank 38 – ESP), Iban Letamendi (Rank 41 – ESP), Ricky Lightfoot (Rank Ultra 54 – GBR), Dai Matsumoto (Rank 56 – JPN), Ricardo Mejia (Rank 59 – MEX), Pere Aurell (Rank 60 – ESP), Fernando Arca (Rank 82 – ESP).
Emelie Forsberg (Rank 1 – SWE), Maite Mayora (Rank 3 – ESP), Elisa Desco (Rank 6 – ITA), Nuria Domínguez (Rank 8 – ESP), Uxue Fraile (Rank 11 – ESP), Laura Orgue (Rank 15 – ESP), Federica Boifava (Rank Ultra 16 – ITA), Aitziber Ibarbia(Rank 26 – ESP), Ragna Debats (Rank 27 – NED), Nerea Amilibia (Rank 35 – ESP), Azara Garcia (Rank 39 – ESP).
 
INTERVIEW
 
Emelie Forsberg
 
INTERVIEW
 
Blake Hose
BLOG
 
Dakota Jones – “A long month on La Palma” http://www.irunfar.com/2015/05/a-long-month-on-la-palma.html
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Queensland

Glasshouse 50 | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Glasshouse 80 | 80 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

The Great Wheelbarrow Race – Mareeba to Dimbulah | 104 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail de Lesse 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Trail du Hussard | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Canada

Ontario

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Sulphur Springs 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Sulphur Springs 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Quebec

Raid des Algonquins – 120 km | 120 kilometers | May 19, 2015 | website

Raid des Algonquins – 70 km | 70 kilometers | May 19, 2015 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Cyprus

Lionheart Run | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Czech Republic

M.E.T.R. 60km | 60 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Denmark

Syddanmark

Bramming 100K Ultramaraton | 100 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Bramming 50K Ultramaraton | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 22, 2015 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

France

Ain

La Promenade du Bûcheron | 70 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 90 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Course des Seigneurs | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail de Guerlédan – 56 km | 56 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Essonne

Relais Trail du Gâtinais | 66 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Trail 91 km | 91 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Haute-Savoie

Trail des Allobroges | 64 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Haute-Vienne

Le Grand Trail du Limousin | 68 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 53 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Isère

Chartreuse Maratour | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Lozère

Ultra Lozère | 108 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Yvelines

Trail des Cerfs – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Germany

Rhineland-Palatinate

Keufelskopf Ultra-Trail | 85 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Trail Alta Val Nure – 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

71 km | 71 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Netherlands

Drenthe

UltraRun van Gieten 50 kilometer | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

New Caledonia

Ultratrail des Cagous | 80 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Norway

Eco Trail Oslo 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vestfold Ultra Challenge 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Vestfold Ultra Challenge 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Portugal

Ultra Trail de São Mamede | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Romania

Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 15, 2015 | website

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 985 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Cantabria

UTPE – Ultra Trail Picos de Europa | 120 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Castile-La Mancha

Quixote Legend | 166 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Switzerland

Berne

Bielersee Ultra-Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Bielersee XXL 100 Meilen | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Turkey

Cekmekoy 60K Ultramarathon | 60 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Devon

Coastal Trail Series – Flete – Ultra | 35 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Forces March | 131 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Northern Ireland

Causeway Crossing 100K | 100 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Causeway Crossing 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

North Yorkshire

Hardmoors 160 ‘The Ring Of Steele’ | 160 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Hardmoors Ultra 110 | 110 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Perth and Kinross

Cateran 55 Mile Ultra | 55 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Wales

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra | 42 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wiltshire

Wessex Ridgeway Relay | 100 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 28, 2015 | website

Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 29, 2015 | website

USA

Arizona

Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

California

Born to Run 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Born to Run 100M Trail Run | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Born to Run 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Horseshoe Lake 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Nanny Goat 100M Trail | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Colorado

The Divide 135 Ultra | 135 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 100 Mile Fun Run | 100 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 200 Mile Fun Run | 200 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Wickham Park 50 Mile Fun Run | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Peach State 300 | 300 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

Rogue Yeti 50K Run | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2015 | website

Rogue Yeti 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | May 29, 2015 | website

Run for the Heroes – 260 Mile Run Across Georgia | 260 miles | May 20, 2015 | website

Savannah Grit 175 | 175 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website

Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Massachusetts

Plymouth 50 Mile Ultra | 50 miles | May 24, 2015 | website

Michigan

10k Run | 62 miles | May 25, 2015 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Nebraska

G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Trails of Fury 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

North Carolina

Gamelands Ultra 50K | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Oregon

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2015 | website

Pennsylvania

Dirty German 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Dirty German 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 17, 2015 | website

Tennessee

Rock/Creek Thunder Rock 100 Mile Trail Race | 100 miles | May 15, 2015 | website

Texas

Horseshoe Trail Run 50k | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Vermont

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 50 miles | 50 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Virginia

Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | May 16, 2015 | website

Race Across Virginia – Border to Border (10 Marathons) | 249 miles | May 25, 2015 | website

Washington

First Call Veterans Day 50K (May) | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 23, 2015 | website

Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 22, 2015 | website

Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 21, 2015 | website

Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 23, 2015 | website

Sun Mountain 50K | 50 kilometers | May 17, 2015 | website

Sun Mountain 50M | 50 miles | May 17, 2015 | website

West Virginia

Capon Valley 50K Run | 50 kilometers | May 16, 2015 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 24, 2015 | website
 
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Episode 62 – Comrades, Wardian, Meek, Clark

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Episode 62 of Talk Ultra ia a Comrades Special show. We have a full and in-depth interview with Michael Wardian who is looking for a top-10 placing. Live from Durban, we speak to Jo Kelsey (Meek) who is having her first experience of this race. Nick Clark joins us to discuss UTMF, WSER and the up and coming Salomon SkyRun South Africa. We have a ladies perspective on running with children in Talk Training. The News, a Blog and joining me as a special Comrades Marathon co-host we have 2013 7th placed lady, Holly Rush.

This show is dedicated to Manya Claassen – RIP

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‘As you all know, Niandi my partner has run Comrades 13-times. She has been on the show and discussed it… this year she returns for her 14th. IT IS THE ULTIMATE HUMAN RACE, you need to experience it to fully understand the emotions and the coming together of so many people. For Niandi, this year will be the hardest race ever, not only Comrades but of all the races she has done. I’m very sad to say that last week, Niandi’s sister, Manya, lost a 6-year long battle with cancer. Words can’t express the loss but despite everything she went through, she was and is one of the strongest ladies I have ever known. I remember Manya running Comrades with Niandi whilst in remission a few years ago. I was glued to the live feed whilst home in the UK. The emotions when she crossed the line will last with me forever… on June 1st, at the crow of the cockerel, Niandi will run one more time, not for herself but for her sister, her sisters children and her family… run strong, run free, run proud.’ Ian Corless
 
Niandi Carmont has asked that we read these words on her behalf:
 
Manya 
 
‘It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
― Ursula Le Guin
She was so perky and positive. I’ll will remember her this way.
 
Sifting through my e-mail I came across this message by my sister. These were words she’d written about a friend who like herself had lost the struggle against breast cancer. Manya had helped the same friend complete the Manya-Tough-One, a race in honour of breast cancer survivors.
Manya called herself a survivor. She was both a survivor and tough. And she loved a challenge. Nothing would irk her more than the words You can’t do that! Once she put her mind to something she did it, irrespective of the difficulty and the dissuasive arguments.
She ran 3 Comrades 2000, 2003 and 2010 – the latter in remission from breast cancer! Manya climbed Kiliminjaro, trekked Europe’s toughest hike the GR20 in Corsica with me, flew over at the drop of a hat to hike the UTMB route, did a crash course on artificial slopes in South Africa to ski on the black slopes in the Alps, bought a road bike and entered the Argus for the fun of it, drove from Jo’burg along the Mozambican coast on her own, transported tons of cement in her SUV to lay the foundations of a house she was building whilst raising 2 generations of kids.
I can honestly say she had no regrets – she lived life to the full and loved life. Manya’s leitmotiv was Carpe Diem but at the same time she was generous and thoughtful of those she loved giving of her time and energy especially to her sons Nathan and Dylan who meant the world to her.
I will miss my little sister – as will her boys, her family and all her friends.
Niandi
 
NEWS
 
ZEGAMA
THIS IS SKYRUNNING…. WATCH THE VIDEO Can you imagine it, one day, hopefully these scenes in the Lakes, the Peaks, Welsh mountains HERE

Men

1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) 3h48’38”

2. Marco De Gasperi (SCOTT Sports) 3h50’38”

3. Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) 3h50’57”

4. Ionut Zinca (Valetudo Skyrunning Italia) 3h53’14”

5. Zaid Ait Malek (Buff) 3h55’06”

 

Women

1. Stevie Kremer (Salomon) 4h46’44”

2. Elisa Desco (SCOTT Sports) 4h50’21”

3. Maite Mayora (La Sportiva) 4h51’48”

4. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) 4h52’11”

5. Kasie Enman (Salomon) 4h53’35”

 
TNF100 Australia
 
Men
  1. Stu Gibson – 9:31:11
  2. Andrew Tuckey (The North Face) – 9:31:??
  3. Brendan Davies (Inov-8) – 9:53:10
  4. Jonathan O’Loughlin – 9:53:30
  5. Ben Duffus (Hoka OneOne) – 9:56:16
Ladies
  1. Núria Picas (Buff) – 10:57:46
  2. Joelle Vaught (Montrail) – 11:45:15
  3. Fernanda Maciel (The North Face) – 11:47:52
  4. Gill Fowler (La Sportiva) – 11:56:01
  5. Claire Walton – 12:05:30
GUCR – 145 miles
 
1st Pat Robbins 26:20

2nd Jon Kinder 27:48
3rd Stuart Gillet 29:35
7th Isobel Wykes 31:18 (1st Lady)
14th Heike Bergman 33:18 (2nd Lady)
19th Natasha Farid-Doyle 34:35 (3rd Lady)
NDW50
Richard La Cock 7:05:12
John Melbourne 7:47:36
Thomas Jeffrey 7:52:40
Annabelle Streams 8:18:32
Gemma Carter 8:36:15
Deborah Turner 8:54:36
 
Speedgoat Karl Meltzer puts in another day at the office at the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run this past weekend.  Karl punched the clock for his 4th win at Massanutten in 18:40:23 extending his world record at the 100 Mile distance to 36 wins and counting.  Karl’s win comes on the heels of a 100k win and course record in early April at the Zion 100k. 
 
BLOG
 
INTERVIEW
Michael Wardian talk about his preparation for the 2014 Comrades
 
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat 
 
INTERVIEW
 
Jo Meek speaks to us live from the Hilton, Durban just days before the race
TALK TRAINING with mum, Sue Fisher
 
INTERVIEW
Nick Clark talks UTMF, WSER and the up and coming Salomon SkyRun – https://iancorless.org/salomon-sky-run-south-africa/
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Argentina

Fiambala Desert Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Fiambala Desert Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Australia

New South Wales

Sydney Trailfest | 100 kilometers | June 06, 2014 | website

Queensland

Endura 50K | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Gold Coast 50 Miler | 50 miles | June 08, 2014 | website

Runners ConneXion 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Western Australia

Kep Track 100km Ultra Marathon II | 100 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Kep Track 75km Ultra Marathon II | 75 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Vancouver 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Vancouver 62.5 km | 62 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Vancouver 75.8 km | 75 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Vancouver 87.9 km | 87 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Ontario

Ragnar Relay Niagara Ontario | 192 miles | May 30, 2014 | website

Chile

Ultra Trail Putaendo | 60 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

China

Gobi March 2013 | 250 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Gobi March 2014 | 250 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Czech Republic

Craft Gemini Maraton | 84 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Mammut Ultramaraton | 85 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Syddanmark

Bramming 100K Ultramaraton | 100 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Bramming 50K Ultramaraton | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Finland

Western Finland

Perniön 60 km | 60 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

SUOMI-RUN 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

France

Côtes-d’Armor

Trail de Guerlédan – 56 km | 56 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Haute-Savoie

Trail des Allobroges | 64 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Trail du Gypaète | 73 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Trail du Lac d’Annecy – Maxi Race | 86 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Trail du Lac d’Annecy – XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

Trail du Hautacam – 50 km | 59 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Week-end Trail Pyrénées | 60 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Haute-Vienne

Le Grand Trail du Limousin | 68 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Hérault

6666 Occitane | 105 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Grand Raid Occitan | 165 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Jura

La Transju’trail – 70 km | 72 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Lozère

Ultra Lozère | 108 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Manche

Ultra D Day Trail | 100 miles | June 12, 2014 | website

Orne

Trail du Massif d’Ecouves en Pays d’Alançon – 61 km | 61 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Pas-de-Calais

Trail des Pyramides Noires – 100 km | 100 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or – 105 km | 105 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Var

Verdon Canyon Challenge – 110 km | 110 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Germany

Baden-Württemberg

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 100 km | 100 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Schefflenzer Ultralauf – 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Lower Saxony

EulenburgTrail 100 Meilen | 100 miles | May 30, 2014 | website

EulenburgTrail 96 km | 96 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

HiLL50 | 52 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

SchnupperUltra | 64 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

TorTour de Ruhr | 230 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saar-Hunsrück-Supertrail | 128 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Ultra-Trail: 85 km, 2800 hm | 85 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Guadeloupe

Volcano Trail – Le Grand Raid | 51 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Italy

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Magraid | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Liguria

Avatrail | 50 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Sardinia

Sardegna Lakes Trail | 150 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Vigolana Trail | 65 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Veneto

Dolomiti Extreme Trail | 53 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Japan

Hida Takayama Ultra Marathon -100 km | 100 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Hida Takayama Ultra Marathon – 72 km | 72 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Netherlands

Friesland

Pieter-ROG-pad Special Waddeneilanden | 300 kilometers | June 12, 2014 | website

New Caledonia

Ultratrail des Cagous | 80 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Norway

Romerike 50 | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Portugal

Caminhos do Tejo | 146 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Romania

Fundu Moldovei 3-day staged 115km ultra | 115 kilometers | June 09, 2014 | website

Fundu Moldovei Ultra Romania | 115 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Slovakia

Štefánik Trail | 140 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

South Africa

Comrades Marathon | 89 kilometers | June 01, 2014 | website

Spain

Basque Country

Euskal Herria Mendi Erronka | 65 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Castile-La Mancha

Quixote Legend | 166 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

Catalonia

Trail Els Bastions® | 52 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Ultra Els Bastions® | 90 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Sweden

Jättelångt | 68 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Ladonia Crossing 100K | 100 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Ladonia Crossing 50K | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Switzerland

Berne

100km run Biel | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

Cornwall

Endurancelife Classic Quarter Ultra Marathon | 49 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Devon

Dartmoor Discovery | 32 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

East Sussex

Norman Conquest 100 | 108 miles | May 31, 2014 | website

Norman Conquest 50 | 51 miles | May 31, 2014 | website

Northamptonshire

Northants Ultra | 35 miles | June 01, 2014 | website

Northern Ireland

Mourne Way Ultra Marathon | 84 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Oxfam Trailtrekker Ireland – 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

USA

California

Big Basin Trail Run 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Canyon Meadow 50 km Trail Run (May) | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

DRTE 100K | 100 kilometers | May 30, 2014 | website

DRTE 100 Mile | 101 miles | May 30, 2014 | website

San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Santa Barbara 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Shadow of the Giants 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Colorado

Golden Gate Dirty Thirty – 50K | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Chatfield Hollow State Park 50K | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Idaho

Pocatello 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Pocatello 50 Mile Trail Run | 51 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Kansas

Flint Hills Trail 40 Mile | 40 miles | May 31, 2014 | website

Massachusetts

TARC 100 | 100 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

TARC 100 – 50 Miler | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Michigan

Yankee Springs Trail Double Marathon | 84 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

New Jersey

Mayapple 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Mayapple 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

New York

Cayuga Trails 50 | 50 miles | June 01, 2014 | website

North Carolina

Badwater Cape Fear | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie 50 Mile | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Ohio

Buckeye Buster 50 | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Buckeye Buster 50K | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Pennsylvania

Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 31, 2014 | website

Tennessee

Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race | 60 miles | June 13, 2014 | website

Utah

Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Vermont

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 31, 2014 | website

PEAK Ultra Marathon – 50 miles | 50 miles | May 31, 2014 | website

Virginia

Old Dominion 100 Cross Country Run | 100 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington, DC 50K | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington, DC 50 Mile | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Washington

Beacon Rock 50k | 50 kilometers | June 08, 2014 | website

Echo Valley 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Echo Valley 50 Mile Trail Run | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Rainier to Ruston 50M Ultra | 50 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Vashon Island 50K Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Vashon Ultramarathon 50k | 50 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Wisconsin

Kettle Moraine 100 km Trail Run | 100 kilometers | June 07, 2014 | website

Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Kettle Moraine 38 Mile Night Fun Run | 38 miles | June 07, 2014 | website

Ragnar Relay Chicago | 194 miles | June 06, 2014 | website

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The Coastal Challenge 2014 – Trail Magazin

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Excellent 9-page feature on the 2014 The Coastal Challenge, Costa Rica in the current edition of Trail Magazin in Germany.

Images by iancorless.com and words by Martin Gaffuri (New Balance)

Magazine available in PDF from HERE

Places are currently available for the 11th edition of the 2015 The Coastal Challenge, once again it will prove to be an exciting and exhilarating experience for each and every participant.

UK entries HERE

The Coastal Challenge website HERE

Vibram Tarawera 2014 Race Summary

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Kapiti’s Jo Johannsen only started running a year ago and she’s raced just a handful of times.

But on Saturday, she blitzed some of the world’s best trail runners in the central North Island’s Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon.

Johannsen, 33, took the lead about 15km after the Rotorua Redwoods start. Showing powerful composure in difficult conditions, she steadily opened a nine-minute gap over Claire Walton (UK) and Dawn Tuffery (NZ), stopping the clock at 7hrs 2min after 69 demanding kilometres.

“I felt comfortable the whole way,” Johannsen said at the Lake Okareka finish, while pelted by heavy rain. “I was just making sure my legs were ticking over,  tick-tick-tick-tick, and keeping my back straight.”

“I didn’t know what to expect beforehand — if I could keep up with the elites. I’m so new to all this. But I must be doing something right!”

Jo Johannsen © Graeme Murray

Jo Johannsen © Graeme Murray

She reckons she’s become “obsessed” with ultra trail running the last year, packing in 30 hours a week training, starting at 4am before work. According to her running friend and crew support at the Tarawera Ultra, she also has mental toughness in spades.

“I like pushing it to the limit,” is how Johannsen expressed it.

In the face of Cyclone Lusi, the Ultramarathon had revised courses of 69 km and 55km. The field of 850 from 28 countries still experienced the Bay of Plenty’s lakes and bush clad slopes. But the forecast proved accurate and there was no question race director, Paul Charteris made the right call in revising the route.

Sage Canaday  © Graeme Murray

Sage Canaday © Graeme Murray

The men’s title was superbly defended by 2013 Tarawera Ultramarathon champion, Sage Canaday of Colorado, USA — whose online blog was a key inspiration for Johannsen.

Canaday was one of a large bunch that formed over the early kilometres, alongside other contenders including Kiwi’s Michael Aish, Vajin Armstrong and Scott Hawker and Mike Wardian from the USA.

Top Coast to Coast athlete Sam Clark of Whakatane dangled out front until about the 20km mark, at which stage Canaday, Aish and Armstrong moved clear.

“After Millar road [about half way] I made my big move on a very hard mile uphill. I kept pushing. I didn’t look back,” Canaday recounted. Fifteen kilometres later, he’d established a seven-minute lead, and by the finish, that had more than doubled.

Canaday kept the effort dialled up all the way, finishing in 5hrs 33min.

“You’re always on a fine line,” he said. “It was an honour to win for a second year – I love New Zealand and this race and it was great to be back.”

Second place in the men’s race went to China’s Yun Yanqiao, who put in a sterling display of smart pacing, moving up from fourth spot over the challenging Okataina Trail, which peaks out at almost 700m.

Yanqiao has little English, but his delight was abundantly clear: “Very enjoyed! In China [there are] no trails this way,” he said, beaming. His time was 5hrs 52min.

Next home was a trio of flying kiwis, with Armstrong (5hrs 57min) besting Aish by under a minute, and Hawker another eight minutes back. As late as 3 kilometres to go, Armstrong and Aish were almost neck and neck.

“For me it’s a learning curve — I left it all out there,” said Aish, who’s just starting out on the trails after retiring from road racing four years ago. “But Sage was in a different category today.”

  • Report by: Jim Robinson ©
  • Images by: Graeme Murray ©

RESULTS

Men

  1. Sage Canaday – Hoka One One  5:33:38
  2. Yun Yan Qiao – The North Face  5:52:30
  3. Vajin Armstrong – MacPac 5:59:49
  4. Mike Aish – Mizuno 5:58:37
  5. Scott Hawker – Hoka One One 6:06:32
  6. Martin Gaffuri – New Balance 6:21:31
  7. Moritz Auf De Heidi 6:22:21
  8. Mike Wardian – Hoka One One 6:28:46
  9. Matt Murphy 6:36:27
  10. Manuel Lago 6:37:30

Ladies

  1. Jo Johansen 7:02:43
  2. Claire Walton 7:11:48
  3. Dawn Tuffery 7:16:16
  4. Beth Cardelli – Salomon 7:18:54
  5. Meghan Arbogast – Scott Running 7:26:24
  6. Shona Stephenson – inov-8  7:26:24
  7. Fiona Hayvice 7:40:54
  8. Katrin Gottschalk 7:44:33
  9. Katherine Macmillan 7:44:33
  10. Sandy Nyper – Ink n Burn 7:57:24

Tarawera 100km 2014 Race Preview

Sage Canaday ©iancorless.com

Sage Canaday ©iancorless.com

Just two weeks after Transgrancanaria, the UTWT show continues. The stellar line up in Gran Canaria is not reflected in New Zealand as only certain races in the UTWT circuit have the relevant point coefficient that will make an outright win a possibility, so, expect to see Sandes, Olson, Chaigneau, Picas, Maciel, Canepa and other ‘top’ contenders toe the line at UTMF in Japan.

Rob Krar UROC ©iancorless.com

However, Tarawera 100k does (or should I say did) have a battle royal to look forward too… Sage Canaday (last years winner) going head-to-head with Rob Krar was going to be quite a prospect. However, just a couple of days ago, Krar took a tumble and is out. This leaves ‘the showdown’ to reappear somewhere else in the calendar at another time of the year.

For the ladies, Ruby Muir was looking to defend her title after illuminating the trails in 2013 with a stunning win and top overall placing, however, Muir has too fallen foul of the injury demons.

Who to watch out for?

Men 

Sage Canaday returns as defending champion and after a disappointing end to 2013 will without doubt be firing on all cylinders for a race win. Sage had a great first half of ‘13’ with wins and CR’s a plenty. However, maybe racing too much and some bad timed illness found him falter a little at Sierre-Zinal, UROC and he didn’t make the start at San Francisco 50. When on form, Canaday is unstoppable and without doubt he is ‘favourite’ for the 2014 race.

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Michael Wardian never stops and has already raced extensively in 2014 and won. He produced a stunning and impressive performance against top competition at The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica, and his recent 2nd at the 50k champs shows he has all it takes to push Canaday on the NZ trails.

Two-time Olympian and sub 2:15 marathon runner, Mike Aish may well mess things up for Wardian and Canaday. Racing on home soil, Aish must be fired up for the opportunity to compete against such quality competition. Known to go out hard, Aish has faltered in the past; his impressive blow-up at Leadville a great example. However, in 2013 he put the Leadville demons to bed with a podium place and 18:27 finish.

Brendan Davies  inov-8 ©iancorless.com

Brendan Davies inov-8 ©iancorless.com

Local talent is in abundance with Brendan Davies, Scott Hawker and Vajin Armstrong. All three have had great results recently, Armstrong raced and placed well at Tarawera in 2013, Hawker raced well at HK100 and Davies recently had top-3 at MSIG50 in Honk Kong. You can expect all of them to push the front of the field and it’s only going to take an error by Wardian or Canaday and a ‘good’ day by one of the other 3 to make the Tarawera podium look very interesting.

Yoshikazu Hara won UTMF in 2013 and that firmly places him as hot tip and a potential surprise win at Tarawera. He has a great record of results from 2013 with wins at: Tapei 24h (273.650km), River Shimanto 100km and UTMF. Word from friends in Asia say; Hara’s form is excellent… winner?   Injured and will not run

Yun Yanqiao was 5th at HK100 in 2012 and the only other result I have for him is 30th at San Fran 50km in 2009. Rumors say that Yanqiao has good form so he may well be a top-10 surprise.

Martin Gaffuri ©iancorless.com

Martin Gaffuri ©iancorless.com

Martin Gaffuri from France placed 4th overall in the Skyrunning World Series in 2013 and his form is on the rise. In December he placed well at San Fran 50 and his recent run at The Coastal Challenge will put him in a great place for the 100km. Gaffuri will be up there, top-10 would be a great result.

Ladies

With Ruby Muir out all eyes will fall on Meghan Arbogast. She had 8-results on Ultra Signup for 2013 with 4th at Western States and 13th at TNFUTMB as highlights. Arbogast also won Ice Age Trail 50km and Way to Cool 50km, however, her recent win (Jan 11th) at Bandera 100km in 10:12:57 surely means that Tarawera will play in the hands of Arbogast.

Beth Cardelli Ice Trail Tarentaise 2013 ©iancorless.com

Beth Cardelli Ice Trail Tarentaise 2013 ©iancorless.com

Beth Cardelli had a great time in Europe in 2013 and without doubt this will have added an extra skill level to Cardelli’s armory. A win at TNF100km,  2nd at Tarawera Ultra and 4th at Lavaredo Ultra Trail certainly will mean that Arbogast won’t have her own way!

Shona Stephenson ©iancorless.com

Shona Stephenson ©iancorless.com

Shona Stephenson, like Cardelli, spent time in Europe with mixed results. However, when everything clicks into place, Stephenson can push the best in the world. Stephenson’s result at UTMF a shining example in 2013.

Tomoko Hara won River Shimanto 100km and Yatsugatakae Nobeyama 100km in 2013 and also placed 2nd at Sarom-See 100km. Without doubt, comfortable at the 100km distance, I personally think we will see a surprise from Hara and a podium place.

Finally, Sandi Nypaver from Ohio will definitely make top-10 and has the potential for top-5. In 2013, Nypaver was 2nd at Cayuga Trails 50km and 11th at Speedgoat 50km. A winner at Grindstone 100-mile in 2010 confirms that she has not only the mental but physical requirements for a solid Tarawera.

Who are your picks?

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Episode 55 – Wardian, Meek, Clark, Johnston

Ep55

Episode 55 of Talk Ultra – We have a The Coastal Challenge special with an interview with male overall winner, Michael Wardian. Jo Meek, ladies overall winner talks about her training and preparation for the TCC race and Nick Clark discusses how stage racing compares to 100-milers. We have an interview with the 2013 ITI350 winner and recent Susitna 100 winner and new course record holder, David Johnston before he emarks, once again on the ITI350 just one week after his impressive Susitna win! A special Talk Training on nutrition specific to Marathon des Sables with Rin Cobb (PND Consulting). Emelie Forsberg is back for smilesandmiles and of course we have the News, Up and Coming Races and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer.

NEWS

Rocky Raccoon 

1. Matt Laye 13:17:42

2. Ian Sharman 13:38:03

3. Jared Hazen 13:57:17

Mention for Steve Spiers 15:26:25 follower of Talk Ultra and 4th – top job!

1. Nicole Struder 15:42:04

2. Kaci Lickteig 15:45:32

3. Shaheen Sattar 16:45:26

Shaun O’Brien 50

1. Dylan Bowman 6:23:17

2. Mike Aish 6:37:34

3. Mike Wolfe 6:57:15

1. Cassie Scallon 7:38:16

2. Sally McRae 8:36:25

3. Denise Bourassa 8:42:57

El Cruce Columbia

1. Marco De Gasperi 6:34:10

2. Sergio Jesus Trecaman 6:38:46

3. Dakota Jones 6:52:37

1. Emma Roca 7:59:23

2. Amy Sproston 8:11:59

3. Adriana Vanesa Vargas 9:30:26

Red Hot Moab 50K

1. Alex Nichols 3:57:11

2. Paul Hamilton 3:59:37

3. Mike Foote 4:07:26

1. Jodee Adams-Moore 4:31:28

2. Kerrie Bruxvoort 4:42:39

3. Hiliary Allen 4:52:01

Susitna 100

1. David Johnston

2. Piotr Chadovich

3. Houston Laws

1. Laura Mcdonough

2. Jane Baldwin

3. Sarah Duffy

 

AUDIO with DAVID JOHNSTON

 

The Costal Challenge

1. Michael Wardian 23:26:23

2. Vicente Beneito +0:25:32

3. Philipp Reiter +0:31:31

1. Jo Meek 29:17:19

2. Julia Bottger +0:57:02

3. Veronica Bravo +3:07:06

 

 AUDIO with JO MEEK

 

TALK TRAINING

With sports dietician Rin Cobb from PND Consulting – http://www.pndconsulting.co.uk

 

INTERVIEW  – TCC Special

MIKE WARDIAN

NICK CLARK

 

MELTZER MOMENT

Good, Bad and Ugly

 

UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

4 Refugios Classica | 80 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

4 Refugios Non Stop | 70 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

La Misión | 160 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

La Misión – 80 km | 80 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Australia

NEW SOUTH WALES

Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 100 km Team Challenge | 100 kilometers | February 28, 2014 | website

Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Party All Night | 50 kilometers | February 28, 2014 | website

Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek 50 km Team Challenge Day: Sun, Sand, Surf | 50 kilometers | February 28, 2014 | website

France

DORDOGNE

Trail en Night and Day 55 km | 57 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

GARD

Trail aux Etoiles | 58 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE

Le Trail du Vignoble Nantais – 50 km | 50 kilometers | February 23, 2014 | website

PUY-DE-DÔME

Trail de Vulcain – 72 km | 72 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Germany

HESSE

Lahntallauf 50 KM | 50 kilometers | March 02, 2014 | website

Hong-Kong

MSIG Sai Kung 50 | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Italy

TUSCANY

Terre di Siena 50 km | 50 kilometers | March 02, 2014 | website

Mexico

Ultra Caballo Blanco | 50 miles | March 02, 2014 | website

New Zealand

Bedrock50 | 53 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Taupo 155 km Great Lake Relay | 155 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Taupo 67.5 km Great Lake Relay | 67 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Waiheke Round Island 100 km Relay | 100 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Philippines

Davao50 | 50 kilometers | February 23, 2014 | website

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | February 21, 2014 | website

Slovakia

Kysucká Stovka | 120 kilometers | March 07, 2014 | website

South Africa

South African Addo Elephant 44 km Trail Run | 44 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

South African Addo Elephant 76 km Trail Run | 76 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Spain

ANDALUSIA

Ultra Trail Sierras del Bandolero | 150 kilometers | March 07, 2014 | website

CANARY ISLANDS

Transgrancanaria | 125 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Transgrancanaria – Advanced | 84 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

ESSEX

St Peters Way Ultra | 45 miles | March 02, 2014 | website

KENT

White Cliffs 100 | 104 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

White Cliffs 50 | 53 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

NORTHUMBERLAND

Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland – Ultra | 34 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

USA

ALABAMA

Mount Cheaha 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

ALASKA

Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 mile | 1000 miles | February 23, 2014 | website

Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 mile | 350 miles | February 23, 2014 | website

ARIZONA

Elephant Mountain – 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Old Pueblo 50 Miler | 50 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

Ragnar Relay Del Sol | 200 miles | February 21, 2014 | website

CALIFORNIA

Chabot Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

FOURmidable 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Montara Mountain 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

San Juan Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

COLORADO

Headless Horsetooth Fat Ass 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

FLORIDA

Everglades 50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Everglades 50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | February 22, 2014 | website

Palm 100K | 100 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Palm 50K | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

MARYLAND

Hashawha Hills 50 km Trail Run | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

MISSISSIPPI

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50 K | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50 Mile | 50 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50 Miles | 50 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

NEW JERSEY

Febapple Frozen Fifty – 50K | 50 kilometers | February 22, 2014 | website

Febapple Frozen Fifty – 50M | 50 miles | February 22, 2014 | website

Lenape Trail Run | 34 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

NEW YORK

Caumsett State Park 50K | 50 kilometers | March 02, 2014 | website

NORTH CAROLINA

Mount Mitchell Challenge | 40 miles | February 22, 2014 | website

TEXAS

A2B2: Alamo To Border 2 | 162 miles | February 28, 2014 | website

Cowtown Ultra Marathon | 50 kilometers | February 23, 2014 | website

Nueces 50K Endurance Trail | 50 kilometers | March 01, 2014 | website

Nueces 50 Miler | 50 miles | March 01, 2014 | website

VERMONT

PEAK Snowshoe 100 Mile Race | 100 miles | February 28, 2014 | website

VIRGINIA

The Reverse Ring | 71 miles | February 22, 2014 | website

WASHINGTON

Lord Hill 50 Km | 50 kilometers | February 23, 2014 | website

CLOSE

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