Ultramarathon and Trail Running Daily News | Mon Jan 10

iRunFar: Justin recaps all the results from this weekend’s ultramarathon and trail running events. We’ve got a few new Golden Ticket winners, the Montane Spine Race (going on now), Jade Belzberg takes a win at Catalina, and Ruperto Romero gets beat. (Here’s our interview with Rupert from a few years ago…Like him, it’s aged well.)

I’m about a week late with this, but if you haven’t yet watched Billy Yang’s new short film “The Good Life”, do so now. Great perspective from a truly talented storyteller.

John Lacroix writes a “State of the Sport” post about where we right now as an MUT community. Lots about the influence of money and new RDs and for the most part, I agree with his analysis. Whether or not you agree with John, it’s a good read.

Message of the day:

Barbara Jacket, a true pioneer in women’s track and field and head coach of the 92 Olympic Team–has passed away at 87. RIP.

Speaking of women, where are all the older female cyclists???

I often stood and watched the runners for a long time, marveling at the way in which so many of them looked like they were participating in something so very carefully. I don’t necessarily mean gingerly, the way the word carefully is often interpreted. I just mean that there was real care in the way they approached such a monumental distance. They were not renegades, or rebels, not mavericks darting out from a start line.

–If you’ve got a few minutes–and by few, I mean about 20…this is a long read–take a look at this piece about the Sri Chimnoy 3100 mile race in New York. I’ve always been curios about the event, and this essay does an excellent job of putting me there and personalizing all the characters involved. Highly recommended.

The countdown has begun! Jeff Browning and Addie Bracy named #10 2021 Ultrarunners of the Year.

For about $20k, you can spend a week on the gorgeous trails of Western Scotland, escaping to luxury accommodations and fancy food each night. Package comes with coaching and some nice swag, but… twenty grand. Jeezus.

Gary Robbins won’t be lining up at Barkley this year as he’s taking a break to reprioritize life. Good move.

The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) is looking for seven new members to fill its Independent Ethics Board. Hypothetically, if the MUT world could appoint a member, who would it be?

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