Ultramarathon Daily News | Monday, Aug 13

Big thanks to my crack team of guest aggregators who published the Ultramarathon Daily News last week. Jenn, Jay, John, Emily, and Andy, I appreciate you keeping the train running while I was on a much-needed vacation. More on the vacation later.

So did you see the 50k Championships this weekend?  NCAA Nordic skiing champ David Sinclair won it, and current US Ski Team member Simi Hamilton finished second. How ’bout that? And to note, as Jake pointed out on twitter, Hamilton isn’t a long distance guy…he specializes in the 1.5k sprint event! Stringbean (AT FKT) Joe finished 6th with mixed surface champ Uli Steidel in 8th. What a crazy group! Kasie Enman won it for the ladies in 10th overall while Skyrunning champ Sarah Keyes was 5th woman.

Speaking of twitter, we just hit 26k followers! Part MUT news, part personal observations, and part nonsense…thanks for following along!

Definitely read this: James writes an open letter to MUT race directors offering them advice on improving their events. Don’t try to please everyone. Don’t be ashamed of making money for your hard work. Stop trying to be the bestest/hardest/most extreme. Great stuff in there! What do you think?

Ashley Horner sets out to complete 50 Ironman distance triathlons in 50 days…in 50 states. I’d love to see her grocery bill.

There are always transcon attempts, but Phil McCarthy’s is one I’ll be watching closely.

What’s the funkiest thing you’ve received in a swag bag? In a similar vein, what’s the strangest award you’ve received? I know my answer…a large clock with a decorative eagle on top…If you ever ran any of Norm Klein’s races, you’ve probably got something similar.

“Suddenly, the scenery provided another awe-inspiring treat for the eyes. Waterfalls careened and crashed off the glaciated peaks from all sides, falling hundreds of feet, then came together like connecting spider webs into a large lake. The lake was silty and milky white at one end and gradually transitioned into light blue, emerald green and then a darker forest green.

This is the payoff for these ultra races, I thought. The beauty. The awe. The moment.”

Matt’s run 40+ ultramarathons, including a 68 miler in Austria, but he underestimated the Grossglockner Ultra Trail (GGUT), which touched the highest peak in Austria.

Anyone interested in attending a cannabis-based trail running camp in Santa Barbara, California? I’m certainly intrigued, but want to make sure it’s not just a bunch of stoners sitting around telling stories about how baked they were this once. 

Justin covers all the results from this weekend’s trail and ultramarathon races right here. Needs to be highlighted more: The IAU has cancelled another world championship event. Come. On.

Drunk and high, 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich beats up a hooker in Germany.

Industry news: Vista Outdoors is selling off its firearms brands, along with some paddlboard and bike helmet brands, while retaining CamelBak.

Thanks again for the coverage last week (and big thanks to Ben for his continued recaps from Outdoor Retailer)…back to your regularly scheduled program…

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