In Patagonia’s line of trail shoes, the Tsali 3.0 holds the maximus badge for their collection of dirty tread. It is their workhorse shoe designed for long miles, varied terrain, and foot comfort.
Over the winter months Olga and I have had the opportunity to take the men’s and women’s Tsali 3.0 on a number of dirty adventures so we are excited to share our thoughts.
Let’s get to it!
Rocky 50 2014 Results – David Brown and Sabrina Little Texas Trail-Step for Wins – 3 Qs with 50M First-Timer Ritu Rao
One week after the Rocky Raccoon 100, the Rocky 50 took place on those relaxing trails at Huntsville State Park, a short scamper north of Houston, Texas. Dry and below average temps supported a great running day for over 300 starters. From the experienced trail veterans, to the speedy rabbits and 50 mile first-timers, all were ready to share a three loop day together.
The first two races of the Road Lizards Trail Series took place in early and mid February on the dirty grounds of Middle Concho Park and San Angelo State Park in San Angelo, Texas. Race distances of 5km through 12km provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy some non-pavement miles and natural scenery.
This three race series started back in 2007 by Bill Cullins that include rain, sleet, and bone chilling temps. And it was a lot of fun!
Current San Angelo Road Lizards president, Mike Buck, recalls his first run at the event back in 2008.
“I just remember the sense of being out in the wilderness with a town nearby and then seeing runners in all stages of the race through the bushes. I was hooked…and I think many get the same feeling.”
Starting this year, Mike has taken on the RD role and continues the emphasis of showcasing the varied local trails and turns each event into a bit of trail running school where the first race is heavily marked, and each subsequent race less so.
A race that started with 11 runners saw 164 and 143 finish the first two races this year!
Race #10 of the AURA Ultra Trail Series took place at the 20th running of the White Rock Classic which guides runners along nicely groomed forest service roads and natural goodness of north west Arkansas. Dense fog blanketed the area which limited the beautiful views throughout, but the projected rain held off as temps slowly dropped throughout the day.
While a non-technical scamper, you will enjoy a nice collection of 500-1000 foot ups and down with the out-and-back turnaround at the top of White Rock Mountain.
Go up…and down for the 50k, or make it to the top of White Rock Mountain and call it a day, just make sure you have a ride back down.
Trail and ultra running is such a dust granule segment of the running world that surprisingly contains a bountiful collection of resources both local and beyond, that share groovy information and entertainment for our wacky tribe!
Let’s meet many of them.
Each bench along the trail looked so at peace. They faced the sparkling Lake Ouachita positioned besides the pine needle covered single-track within the Ouachita National Forest. To witness the changing seasons, the twinkling stars within the dark night-time hours, the majestic lightning storms, these benches must be the envy of the forest.
The entire Hanenburg tribe made the trip up to west central Arkansas for the LOViT 100 km located a short drive west of Hot Springs within the Ouachita National Forest. A new race by experienced RDs, Rachel and Dustin Speer. They have interest in turning this race into a 100 miler but I hope they keep some shorter distances as well. Too pretty of an area not to showcase it to more running folks.
The course basically consists of two different out-and-back segments with Crystal Springs Pavilion the central hub of action. The first out-and-back segment was 42-ish total miles with Hickory Nut “Mountain” waiting as the biggest challenge. The final out-and-back was 20-ish miles that took you up, down, and around Big Bear “Mountain”.
At 8:00 am, the intimate group of 34 runners headed out on some sweet pine needle covered single and double-wide trail within a forest of big pines. The sun was glimmering through the trees, the skies were clear, the temps were cool while standing still but once on the trail, it was darn near perfect conditions.
I positioned myself towards the back and in typical ultra fashion at the word “go!” I started walking. Ultra race starts are about as exciting as they come…assuming you lived in a cave…alone…your entire life up to this moment.