This week, we talk He-Man and nostalgia reboots before diving into Doug’s latest trail encounter with a bear and cubs. Mathias has a 100k over the weekend in the PNW, which is a great systems check before the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa race later in the summer. After the appetizer conversation, the problem of trail running’s struggles to be inclusive in the United States. How can the sport grow with people who don’t necessarily want to share the trails? How does the Ironman-UTMB relationship impact the sport today? How will races take place on already stressed public lands? How does the permitting system impact trail running’s growth as a sport? Do we come up with any solid answers? Give it a listen and let us know what you think!
It is hot and we are watching the snow melt, a little too fast.
Mathias shares why his “bro crew” didn’t go up Mount St. Helens during nasty weather, and listens as Doug rants about China’s decision to ban all ultramarathons and “off road running races.” The guys then get back to talking about things they really know- their own running.
Alex Bond, the regional editor of the popular website Fastest Known Time joins us on Singletrack to discuss the excitement and challenges and of chasing and FKT route. We dive into the technicalities of setting up a new route and what it takes to complete and compete on existing routes. We also remind folks about the dangers of running in the mountains and make plans for the summer. Will we see some competition on the Cushman Six?
This is a doubleheader, which doesn’t exist in football, I mean soccer. We’re finishing up season 1 of Ted Lasso and enjoying the rollercoaster of hope, defeat and the promise of at least two more seasons of kindness, locker room talk and loud but adorable English cursing. Bollocks, can’t wait for the new season to hit Apple TV+.
Maggie Guterl and Staci Revel join Mathias on this week’s special episode. Both ran the inaugural Cocodona 250 down in Arizona, the newest, most badass race in North America. Sleepless nights, brutal heat, endless rocky trails, and the obligatory wildlife sighting all create life-altering memories and give reasons of why we do what we do. And yes, we talk about feet again.
Big news is announced in this episode. Mathias is heading to Europe soon, while UTMB is partnering with Ironman. Doug summits a mountain and encounters snow. After a nearly full episode of running talk, your intrepid hosts announce a slight shift of gears for the podcast. Will anyone notice? Only time will tell!
How does one launch an outdoor brand in the United States? Especially one that’s already forty years old? Jack Wolfskin is one of Europe’s largest and most loved brands and is finally coming to America. Mathias grew up with the brand and the team can’t contain their excitement to chat with Roberto Gutiérrez, Director of Brand Marketing – Jack Wolfskin North America.