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Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail 110K

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.

Lake Sonoma 50 – The first mile

The annual Lake Sonoma 50 miles race is held on the rugged trails at Lake Sonoma. The course is 86% single track and 9% dirt roads, with the first 2.4 miles on a paved country road. This year the event reached its eight edition with a field of killer elites at the starting line. Lake Sonoma is part of the Montrail Ultra Cup Series. The top two men and women finishers will each earn a spot at the 2015 Western States 100. This year’s top two consisted of Alex Varner and Ryan Bak in the men’s group. Stephanie How and Cassie Scallon formed the first two finishing women. Filmer Billy Yang was present to capture the race. If you’ve ever been curious what it’s like to run with the lead pack in a super competitive ultra marathon, watch this video following both the elite men and women during the opening mile of the 2015 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile.

The 2015 Orcas Island 50K video A Ginger Runner film

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!

Nolan’s 14 The Mount Everest of Ultrarunning

Nolan’s 14 is also known as the Mount Everest of Ultrarunning. That pretty much says enough. But if it doesn’t, there’s a film made to prove it. Nolan’s 14 is a 100 mile route through the heart of the Colorado Rockies that traverses 14 14,000 foot peaks, hence the name. Only a handful of people have ever completed it within the 60 hour cutoff time. It is not a race though. Anyone may climb the Nolan’s 14 route at any time of year, and these records will be recognized. The object is to climb as many 14ers as you can, traveling on foot, within the 60 hours time limit. You may complete the summits in any order and may use any route you want (on foot) between summits. Intrigued? Watch the trailer and then move on the full film where one dollar from each download is contributed to charity (Paradox Sports). Ultra running legend Blake Wood and some of today’s contemporary elite mountain ultra runners tell the story of this fabled line in 47 minutes.

The Official Montane Spine Race Film 2015 The Story of a Great British Adventure

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.

Salomon Running TV presents the ultimate fan

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 By Anne-Marie Flammersfeld

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.

The Ingenuous Choice Anton Krupicka

Mountain Running with Anton Krupicka The Ingenuous Choice

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.