Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Trail Creek 12k in Sun Valley - Winners and Photos

Update (Nov 2, 2010): Full results now up.

It was a great morning at the Trail Creek 12k in Sun Valley, Idaho, an inaugural trail run put on by speedy La Sportiva mountain runner and friend, Brad Mitchell (  As one would expect from a Mitchell affair, it was a brutal, fun, and well-engineered race that featured at least one Olympian and a number of hopefuls.   Though shunned by some, costumes were the order of the day, with among others, Elvis, Bacon & Eggs, two Wonder Women (Wonders Woman?), Medusa, Shock Therapy, and Tarzan (yours truly) toeing the line.

The 12k course runs through the Proctor Mountain and Aspen Loops near the resort of Sun Valley and sports about 1700 feet of elevation gain.

Early Results (times approx.)
1st Male - Mike Sinnott (53:30)
1st Female - Morgan Arritola (1:00)

Wonder Woman at briefing
Medusa and tween soccer player post warm up
Elvis and Tarzan (yours truly), on a cold day in the jungle
Pipi Longstocking
Beginning the climb up Proctor
View of Baldy on final descent
Medusa taking second, having turned others to stone

Friday, October 29, 2010

2011 Tribute to the Trails Calendar Preview

Wading deep into fall - a time for late season runs on quiet trails, a bit of rest for weary limbs, and, most notably, the pending release of another Tribute to the Trails calendar filled with the great photography of Glenn Tachiyama.  A fundraiser for the Washington Trails Association, the calendar, now in its sixth year, highlights a race photo each month as well as upcoming trail races of all distances. It's a great stocking stuffer and wintertime salve for those runners cut off from their beloved singletrack through the cold, dark, and snowy months.

To whet the appetite, Glenn posted a sneak peak at the images and sample month and links to places to buy the calendar online ($23.00) or in person ($20.00).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Patagonia's "Tracing the Edge" - Featuring Ambassador Krissy Moehl

In case you missed these, or would like to see them again, I've embedded Parts 1 - 3 of Patagonia's Tracing the Edge featuring Krissy Moehl.  For the great videography and trail-wisdom alone, these are worth 15 minutes of your time. Enjoy.

Tracing the Edge - Part 1

Tracing the Edge - Part 2

Tracing the Edge - Part 3

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Singletrack:photos - Images from Life on the Run

As a lot of us have, I've taken a lot of photos on my training runs and during some of my races over the past number of years, and I've been lucky enough to capture a handful that, for various reasons, feel special to me.  It's not that the photography itself is special (I'm a realist), it's that the images seem to reveal to me something special about life on the trail that is often hard to put into words.  

So, I decided to create a photo companion of sorts to Run Junkie called singletrack:photos.  Many of the images in this work-in-progress site have appeared in posts on Run Junkie over the past couple years, so this may seem like leftovers to some.  But being able to collect a select number of notable photos into one place and give them each a solo platform, seems to give them a voice they didn't have on Run Junkie proper.   Have a look and see what you think.