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.
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.
What’s the second best thing to go out and run? Watching well directed and edited movies of other people running. Well, maybe not the second best thing but certainly a close contender. In August 2013, the Ginger Runner ran the Squamish 50 mile ultramarathon. It was the hardest race he had run and it destroyed his body and mind. Rather than back down and give in to the race, he pushed on and struggled to the finishline. After making a vow to never go back, he returned in 2014 to not only run the 50 mile race again, but tack on the 50k race the following day in what has been coined, The Squamish 50/50. In short, that’s the synopsis of the movie and the ingredients to make it a very entertaining and motivating short to watch.
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.
In the #SufferBetter movie trail runner and Patagonia ambassador Jenn Shelton gives a brief tour through the range of physical and emotional states she experiences during a trail ultramarathon and insight into what moves her past “never again”. Featuring Patagonia ambassadors Krissy Moehl, Jenn Shelton, Jeff Browning, and Luke Nelson. #sufferbetter is Patagonia’s new marketing campaign that focuses on ultra and trail running.
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.