Dirt and Distance Bites: Trail Running Clinic – Grand Slam of Trail Running – Trail Running Shoe Choices Expanding in 2011
Regional and national trail and ultra running news that caught my attention.
Trail Running Clinic in Austin – September 8 6:30 pm
The Hill Country Running Company is providing a free trail running clinic by local professional athlete, Andrea Fisher in Austin, Texas. The clinic will consist of both presentation and Q&A learning opportunities. Basic and more advanced topics will be presented benefiting 10 km to the 100 mile ultra nuts. Definitely appears to be something for everyone.
Check out the HCRC new page for more information.
TALON Athlete, Drew Meyer, Going After Grand Slam of Ultrarunning
In the Dallas Morning News article, is an inspiring note about Texas flatlander, Drew Meyer.
Ultramarathoner on track: Drew Meyer, 63, of Fort Worth completed the Leadville Trail 100-mile run Sunday in 28 hours, 59 minutes, 37.7 seconds, placing second in his age group. Meyer has completed three of the four 100-mile events for a Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. The final race is the Sept. 10 Wasatch Front 100 mile Endurance Run.
Some of you may want to know, what is the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning?
This BA accomplishment requires completion of the four oldest 100 mile trail runs in the United States – in the same year. The 100 mile list includes Western States 100 (June), Vermont 100 Endurance Run (July), Leadville 100 Trail Run (August), and Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run (September).
Do you noticed something? Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam – four months in a row!
A few trivia stats for this challenge:
- 197 athletes have completed the adventure since 1986 (when this crazy idea started). A total of 226 finishes. Yes some have done it more than once!
- Average finisher age: 45
- Number of Grand Slams from TALON athletes: Texas -12, Arkansas – 8, New Mexico – 8, Oklahoma – 0, Louisiana – 0.
A huge amount of positive vibes sent out to Drew for the upcoming Wasatch 100. Go Drew!
You can check out a short Western States interview I did with Drew prior the Western States 100.
Wider Range of Trail Running Shoes Coming in 2011
The innovation in trail running shoes seems to be in hyper-drive these days and 2011 will offer even more choices to find what works for YOU! It was fun to read a recent Running Times article covering new trail running shoes at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah.
Below are some of the new shoes coming down the pipe.
Less is More
There are a large number of trail running shoe companies coming out with more minimalistic/natural-running shoe options. Here are a few that I have noticed.
I recently noticed Montrail coming out with their minimal trail shoe (Spring 2011) – Rogue Racer (8.5 oz, 10 mm heel-to-toe drop).
(Photo: Courtesy of Montrail blog)
The New Balance Minimus shoe with 4 mm heel-to-toe drop and under 8 ounces in weight.
Here is a cool video with New Balance trail running athlete, Anton Krupicka highlighting the new shoe line.
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
Merrell is coming out with the Trail Glove (Men’s) and Pace Glove (Women’s) minimal trail shoe.
I already felt Inov-8 had a nice variety of more minimal shoes. Well the selection is expanding and includes a complete range of road shoes as well.
One such example.
Bare-Grip 200 – No mid-sole or stiffening which allows for significant flexibility and natural foot movement.
Keen is delivering the A-86 (9 0z).
More is More
On the other side of the spectrum are shoes with much more cushioning than we have normally seen.
The Hoka Mafate (11 oz) raved about by sponsored athlete, Karl Meltzer, has a definite unique look for a trail shoe. Although not new for 2011, it may be new to some of us.
These shoes have a sole that reminds me of the moon boots from my snow covered youth winters. Anyone else?
Tecnica is coming out with a Hoka-like product called the Inferno Max (12.2 oz).
You can see a picture of the bright orange ones over all utahoutside.com.
With the huge growth of the sport, kind of cool to see the shoe industry stepping up their game as well.
Fun times are afoot (ha ha!) for both developers and runners.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com