Outside: Running needs another Steve Prefontaine. Does the ultramarathon/trail world have one already?
Check out Ben’s latest review: Swedish brand Icebug Oribi RB9X is a fast and light trail shoe with great laces and almost enough cush.
Speaking of shoes, these running shoes are made of “algae foam.” YUM.
Tarawera Ultramarathon in NZ has added a 100 miler to the lineup and registration opens today. Get on it.
Islamic runners deal with some FOMO as Comrades falls in Ramadan this year.
A bit more on the drug testing that’ll take place at Western this year. I agree with most everyone on this one: A great place to start and a necessary step in the right direction.
For the marathon runner who’s also a baseball fan, this is a pretty cool opportunity.
Sandal update: I’ve been wearing the HOKA Ora sandals for over a week now and my achilles pain is gone (until I take them off.) They’ve got a 6mm drop and that seems to the sweet spot for what I need.
New episode coming out today. Nick Arciniaga has the fastest marathon time (2:11) of anyone to start an ultramarathon in the US, lives in Flagstaff, wants to break records, and has been running trails for a decade. Should the current top guys be nervous? Stay tuned.