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 world of trail-, mountain- and ultra running is a fast growing one. More and more amateur enthusiasts hit the trails and mountains to follow in the footsteps of the pro’s before them. And with this growth in popularity comes also the growth in record breaking attempts.
In One Day: Ivan Zinn’s Western States Run is a short film by Journeyfilm. Last year, an ultramarathoner by the name of Ivan Zinn set out to run Western States in under 24 hours.
“Scientists are telling us that we’re destroying the planet and no one wants to do anything about it. I only have this business because I’m very pessimistic about the future…” If there is one person that can claim he’s running his business because he’s pessimistic about the future, it is Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard.
The Hunt Series started out from an urge to adventure and youthful fun by brothers James and Dylan Nord who started the Deux North movement. In search of the freedom and thrill they knew growing up, but had lost as adults, the ventured out in the form of the Hunts. Stories about discovering new roads, getting lost and taking changes. Things we wholeheartedly support here at Upprvalley.
The Molweni Trail Run is a trail running race held annually in KwaZulu-Natal, South-Africa, covering 32km and 6.5km. The race was held on 2 and 3 May 2015. The event consists of 2 consecutive days of trail running over different trails within the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. With some of the most spectacular views and experiences a runner could expect to find in other large mountain ranges, runners will be amazed at the views, landscapes and terrain.
The term “fell” is an often used Northern England expression for hill or mountain. It is presumed that Shepherds were probably the first ever fell runners with the earliest documented accounts of running in the fells dating back to the 11th Century
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!
What is the Montane Spine Race film all about? Simply put it is the story of Britain’s most brutal race. Follow the athletes as they get to grips mentally and physically with The Spine Race 2015, as they learn to cope with sleep deprivation, the threat of hypothermia, the highs and lows, experience the incredible & unique camaraderie, the relationships that develop and the life changing experience, which is The Spine Race. The Spine Race is widely reported by international media as one of the world’s hardest races, held in Britain. Competitors must cover all 268miles of The Pennine Way trail on foot in a time limit of 7 Days, in the midst of the ever changing and extreme British winter. The Montane Spine Race does not care who you are, what experience you have or how fast you think you are. More info here.
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.
An idea… is where things start. A thought… a flash of brilliance. Or simply a hint from nature. For the insignificant has been known to have triggered the greatest achievements of our times. Be inspired by Trailrunning. Be inspired by German ultra runner Anne-Marie Flammersfeld, who in 2012 emerged as the first woman to ever win all four events in the 4 Deserts series. And not only that, she did it all in one year.
Travailen follows Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel on their attempt of the Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT). The DGT is an unmarked trail which crosses the Drakenberg mountain range in South Africa. Unmarked, which means there is no real course. The total run covers around 220k of difficult and heavy terrain. Enjoy and be inspired.