Great stories don’t need introductions but just need to be heard. Same goes for the ‘From Squaw to Auburn’ film that chronicles filmmaker Billy Yang’s first Western States 100 Race. It wasn’t the day he had envisioned in his head, but it was still the experience of a lifetime.
The Ridgeway is the oldest path in Britain and one of the most scenic trails to run on in the country. It has endured for 5,000 years of which runners have to last 100km of ancient chalk trails. It is the biggest and most iconic ultra marathon in the UK.
The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.
The Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail 110km (Shinetsu in short) is a very popular ultra-distance trail running race in Japan that sells out in a matter of minutes every year. The race is named after the 5 mountains that exist in the Shinetsu highlands in Japan. These mountains have long been deeply intertwined with the lives of the people residing at the base of these mountains and are seen by many as a sacred place. With a course of 110km, it’s the longest amongst domestic trail running races in Japan.
Kyle Dietz is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, who felt there was nothing more to gain in fighting and turned his head to ultra running. The film follows Dietz as he trains in and around his home town in Iowa for the RUT 50k at Big Sky in Montana.
The Orcas Island 50k (and its sister race, the Orcas Island 25k) is quite unique in the trail running world. The course alone makes this race special – old-growth forests, tough climbs, and spectacular views of surrounding islands, mountains, and Puget Sound – but what truly sets it apart is the sense of community. With live music, great post-race food and beer, and a chance to hang out all weekend on a gorgeous island with your trail runner friends, these are the oldest and some of the most beloved of all the Rainshadow running races – Races that will leave you wondering: Why run anywhere else? Thusfar goes the introduction on the organizers website on the Orcas Islang 50k race that makes many trailrunners heatbeat go faster. The race is growing in popularity which lead to this years edition being a lottery and this will be no different for 2016. The following film made by the Ginger Runner gives more than a stunning impression of this years 10th annual running of the event. Enjoy!
Hailing from the high-altitude mining town of Leadville Colorado, Bill Dooper has a deep love for the sport of Ultra-Trail Running. He has spectated at every Leadville Trail 100 Run since 1988 and every Hardrock 100. And he has never run an Ultra himself. In Episode 1 of Salomon Running TV Season 04 we go on a once in a lifetime journey with Bill. Getting to know who he is and where his love for the sport stems from, as a story is unveiled of true appreciation and friendship. For Salomon – and after watching the video probably for all runners – Bill Dooper is…. The Ultimate Fan.
If you’re only the slightest into ultra running no doubt you will have heard of Anton Krupicka. Krupicka is an American ultra-runner who has won numerous long distance runs on trails and mountains and resides in Boulder, Colorado. After breaking his leg in 2011, Krupicka began to diversify his mountain endeavors. In addition to racing, he also started pursuing remote summits, long traverses, and ambitious link-ups in a single-push style that requires a unique combination of mountain running fitness and technical climbing competence. For half the year Krupicka is on the road, running and racing abroad or living in the back of his Chevy S-10 pickup truck “The Roost”, haunting the mountain ranges of the American West. In the video “The Ingenuous Choice”, we discover how Anton Krupicka experiences and explores mountain running and challenges himself running ultra distances on the trails, racing 100 miles and why this is all so essential to him. And probably to many trail runner amongst us.