Posts By: Tayte Pollmann

Gonzo Jimenez: Elite Chocolatier and “Ok” Ultrarunner

Chocolatier

I’m an elite chocolatier and an ok ultrarunner -Gonzo Jimenez Gonzo Jimenez commits himself fully to everything he does in life. Nine months after his first trail run he completed the grueling Leadville 100 Mile footrace in Leadville, CO. After being ousted from his house for being a “troublemaker” at the age of seventeen, he… Read more »

McConaughy and Hughes Untouchable at the Cocodona 250

Cocodona 250

The Cocodona 250, a “250-mile ultra run across Arizona,” was held May 2 to 6, 2022, primarily on trails from Prescott to Flagstaff, AZ. The event was organized by Aravaipa Running headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Only in its second year, the Cocodona 250 has already become one of the premier 200-mile plus trail running events… Read more »

Cookie Art and Professional Trail Running Dreams

Justin Charboneau

Brittany and Justin Charboneau are making dreams come true through cookies and trail running. Brittany, a.k.a. The Funny Runner, is an accomplished professional trail runner sponsored by The North Face. She is coming off of several recent race wins and challenges including a first place at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, first place at the… Read more »

Anthony Kunkel’s 250-Mile Spiritual Running Journey To Chimayo’s Holy Dirt

Anthony Kunkel

While the majority of elite runners are focused primarily on winning high-profile competitions and securing sponsorships, professional runner Anthony Kunkel shows us that running doesn’t have to be just about competition and can instead be a way to explore spirituality. Kunkel, two-time national road running champion (2017 USATF 50-Mile Road National Champion and 2018 100-Kilometer… Read more »

Autistic Runner Zach Bates Chasing Dreams at The Canyons 100K

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, top ultra-trail runners will be competing at the final HOKA Golden Ticket Race of the year, the Canyons Endurance Runs 100-kilometer race in Auburn, CA, where the top three men and women will earn “Golden Tickets.” These sought after tickets grant the recipients a guaranteed entry into the historic Western… Read more »

USATF Mid-Atlantic Series Grows Grassroots Trail Running

USATF Mid-Atlantic

USA Track & Field (USATF), the national federation for Athletics in the United States, plays an integral role in developing mountain, ultra trail (MUT) running on both the local and world levels. USATF governs all major competitive running disciplines in the country including indoor and outdoor track, road, cross country, race walking and MUT running…. Read more »

Dakota Jones – Creating Environmental Leaders in the Trail Running Community

Footprints

Elite ultrarunner Dakota Jones will be hosting the second edition of Footprints Running Camp from July 24, to 31, 2022. This camp combines environmental activism with trail running in the beautiful high alpine environment near Silverton, Colorado. In recent years, Jones has been outspoken about protecting the environment/trail systems and has used his platform as… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tips For 24-Hour Endurance Competitions

24-Hour Ski

My ultrarunning career began when I ran the 2016 Broken Arrow 52-Kilometer Skyrace. At the time, the 52-kilometer race distance seemed so far and I wanted to test my limits at the distance. Since then, I have remained curious about how far I could run and I’ve recently wondered what it would feel like to… Read more »

Catching Up With Mountain Running Alum and Track Star Jeff Thies

Jeff Thies

Jeff Thies achieved his dream of becoming a professional track runner, experienced its highs and lows, and is ready to chase new dreams beyond the “oval office.” Thies’ running journey is filled with exceptional mentors, camaraderie, and intense training environments that propelled him from being a relatively unknown high school athlete to the top of… Read more »

Lowcountry Trail Running in “Trail Town” Charleston South Carolina

Charlestown

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series highlighting southern coastal trail running gem, Charleston, South Carolina. Contributions and photos by Victoria Nagel, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. Charleston is situated in the southern United States famous “Lowcountry,”a geographic and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast known… Read more »

Steens Mountain To Host Inaugural Adult Trail Running Camp

Steens Mountain

Steens Mountain High Altitude Mountain Running Camp, the popular youth running camp for runners ages 13 to 18 held since 1975 in Southeastern Oregon’s remote Steens Mountain Wilderness, is now offering a camp for adult runners from July 24 to 30, 2022. Max King, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and accomplished elite runner for Salomon… Read more »

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon Training Guide

Pikes Peak

“When it hurts, speed up!” –Matt Carpenter (Pikes Peak Marathon course record holder) The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, held annually in Manitou Springs, CO since 1956, is one of the most iconic mountain races in the United States. The course takes runners from the town of Manitou Springs (6,400 feet/1,950 meters) to the summit… Read more »

“Trail Therapist” Sarah Strong’s 24-Hour RUFA Victory

Sarah Strong

Photo Above: Bobby Florio. The fourth edition of the Running Up For Air (RUFA) Staunton trail running event was held Friday and Saturday February 25 and 26 at Staunton State Park, located 45 minutes from Denver, Colorado. This was the final event of 2022 in the Running Up For Air races, “an endurance mountain challenge… Read more »

Benefits Of Cross Country Skiing For Trail Runners

Cross Country Skiing

Cross training – also referred to as physical activity(ies) in which athletes participate in addition to their primary sport training – allows runners to supplement their running volume, increase strength and improve their fitness in new and different ways. Common cross training activities for runners include cycling, weight training, ElliptiGo rides, swimming, rock climbing, skimo… Read more »

Trail Runners and Skiers Tackle The Vail Winter Uphill

Vail Winter Uphill

The 15th annual Vail Winter Uphill was held Sunday February 20, 2022 at Vail Ski Resort in Vail, CO as a fundraiser for the US Mountain Running Team. Participants ascended 2,200 feet on Vail’s world famous ski slopes two hours before the resort opened for operation. The race began at the bottom of the Eagle… Read more »

Coach Alex Willis’ Top Cross Training Tips For Trail Runners

Cross Training

Alex Willis, born and raised local from America’s highest incorporated town, Leadville, Colorado (situated at 10,200 feet), has made a name for himself as an accomplished athlete and endurance coach in a variety of sporting disciplines. Willis is a former USA Triathlon Team Member, collegiate runner and currently competes at the elite level in many… Read more »

Are Carbon Plates The Key To Trail Running Supershoes?

The Running Event

Over the past five years, running shoes with carbon plates have earned the reputation as “supershoes” among the road running community. These shoes have undeniably improved race performances in nearly all road racing distances and aided athletes in setting new world records. These days, every elite runner at the startline of any major marathon (Boston,… Read more »

Kaci Lickteig Strengthens Her Trail Running Passion Through Injury

Kaci Lickteig

The moments when top runners “break the tape” at the world’s largest trail races are often the media’s primary focus, yet these moments are not where the magic really happens. Any race champion will agree, the real magic happens behind the scenes in an athlete’s daily trading grind. The day-to-day moments in life that fuel… Read more »

Collegiate & Youth Snowshoe Championships a Success in Leadville Colorado

Snowshoe Championship

This past Saturday January 29, the Colorado Cup Snowshoe race hosted the 2022 Collegiate and Youth Snowshoe National Championships at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville, CO. Race conditions were ideal with sunny skies and 40-degree temperatures. More than 80 Runners were challenged by the high altitude (10,200 feet) and a hilly 5-kilometer loop… Read more »

Mike Foote Promotes “Trail Running For Every Body” at The Rut

The Rut

Montana’s iconic trail race, The Rut Mountain Runs, is taking action to make its events more inclusive in 2022. Race director and ultrarunning legend, Mike Foote, has partnered with Inclusive Outdoors Project, an organization that aims to provide equal access to the outdoors for everyone. The organization states its mission: “At Inclusive Outdoors we know… Read more »