What to do this weekend: 8/16/13

Photo from the Leadville 100

The Leadville 100 will be held this weekend. There’s a reason it’s called “The Race Across the Sky.”

This weekend’s TARC Summer Classic 50k and 50-miler are full, but don’t worry, there are still a few other ways to release your inner trail animal:


Hampshire 100, Greenfield, N.H.
Distance: 100k (hope you’ve been training)
Start time: 5:45 a.m.
Race-day registration: no, last chance to register will be Saturday, August 17th from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Savoy Mountain Race, Savoy, Mass.
Distances: 4 miles and 16.5 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes

Moose on the Loose 10 Mile Trail Race & Relay, Nashua, N.H.
Distance: 10 miles (individual or 2/4 runner relay teams)
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes

What to read

→On the national ultra scene, this weekend is the Leadville 100. You can catch live coverage starting at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday on iRunFar.

→Among the runners at Leadville this weekend is running legend Scott Jurek, whose fame has grown in recent years even as he has stepped away from regular racing. Both Ian Corless and iRunFar have interviews with him about his return to racing.

→Jurek is a pretty experienced ultrarunner, obviously, but Bill Finkbeiner might have him beat. He’ll be running Leadville for the 30th straight time.

→A Colorado runner explains why he’s going to the difficulty and expense of running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc later this month when he could stay home and run the Rockies.

→Are you looking for a way to make running more challenging than it already is (a way that doesn’t involve mud pits and fire rings)? Maybe you should try an orienteering race.

→Runners and hikers have been putting up some seriously fast times on some seriously long trails this summer, including. Here’s an overview of a few new long-distance FKTs.

→Speaking of which, here’s a short video documenting the recent FKT set by Hal Koerner and Mike Wolfe on the Pacific Crest Trail.

→“Is endurance training bad for your heart?” a headline from Outside magazine asks. No, it is not, answers the article that follows the headline. Apparently “Endurance training: Pretty much a good thing,” was rejected as a headline possibility.

→But we can’t be too hard on Outside, as they have a really interesting interview with David Epstein, who has just published The Sports Gene, which examines the relationship between genetics and sport. Epstein is critical of the so-called “10,000-hour rule” popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, among others.

→Finally, if you haven’t read it already, you should probably read our profile of Colleen Murphy, published earlier this week.