Thursday, February 12, 2015

What Goes Up Must Come Down


What goes up must come down
The wind whispered in my ear
Whipping my hair around my face
As my feet lightly followed tracks up the mountain
Like the searching, soft kisses of a lover escalating.

I was at the top of Stewart Mountain,
A thin layer of snow slowly
Painting my surroundings cold,
My footsteps were temporary
Paths up the mountain
Melting into it's flesh.

What goes up must come down
Mount Baker seemed to say to me
Blindingly fresh snow covering its head.
Snow that would slowly melt
Into rivers that would flow into the sea,
But not until Spring's warmth,
Like lovers reunited after a long, cold breakup.

The sun was setting over Bellingham,
I waited at the top, knowing
That with no headlamp
I should have left before dark, but
I had to see the sun's
Last intense display of color:
Yellows deepening into orange and red,
A fire that would soon go out on the hills
Like a lover breaking up with his love.

The sun was gone in an instant,
For a sad moment I realized
I still had to go back down,
Alone in the dark, the breeze
Turning into violent gusts, whipping my hair
Pushing me down the mountain,
Me, running back down reluctantly.

The snow had covered my trail
My feet making a new path
In the dark without my light,
I could only hope to find the ground
With each searching footstep

A bat uses echolocation
To produce detailed images
of its surroundings,
I used my legs,  my feet
mapping the ground.
I remembered how I'd gotten
So high in the first place,
In order to get back down.

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The Best New Race Outside of the USA for 2015


When I heard about the Ultra Fiord, a brand new trail race in Patagonia, Chile I was instantly intrigued. The photos told a story of a magical trek through the region's waterways and mountains. It seemed to embody the spirit of trail running with a course that follows the principles of my own race directing business: a course featuring the most scenic mountains and terrain and a deep desire to give back to the community and environment. The race promises to encourage sustainable development through trail running tourism and other outdoor pursuits--- rather than the pillaging of the land that can come from real estate development or resource mining.

I was excited to join the race as one of their international runners with the opportunity to fly down to South America and run the 100 mile event. The Ultra Fiord also offers 30k, 70k, and 100k options. What better way to explore a region known for it's incredible terrain than a trail race? Patagonia, Chile, may very well be one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, in Kate Kellaway's words, from her article in the Guardian about her horseback trip to the area:

"Seeing is not believing. The Torres del Paine national park makes you feel you are about to meet God...This landscape of blue, green and silver, of granite spires, glaciers, lakes, mountains and daisy-filled meadows, robs you of words. " (The Guardian, Kate Kellaway, March 2013)
The event will be taking registrations until March 5, so don't hesitate too long to signup for this incredible journey! Register Here

There will be an incredible field of elite athletes for the inaugural year including Jeff Browning, Matthew Maynard, Kerrie Adair Bruxvoort, Nicholas Barraza, Billy Barnett, Enzo Ferrari, Sofi Cantilo, Gustavo Reyes, Niki Kimball, Joe Grant, Federica Boifava, Genís Zapater, Veronica Bravo, Brittany Dick, Fernando Nazário, Manuela Vilaseca, and Krissy Moehl. Some of the above mentioned athletes are doing the 100k and 70k options.









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Monday, February 2, 2015

10 Entertaining Ways to EAT IT Trail Running


Do you have an special ways to fall on the trail? Please comment!

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