Posts Tagged: Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips

Trail Runners’ Pre-Race Rituals and Superstitions

Rituals and Superstitions

How do YOU prepare on race day? There are many established traditions and practices that running coaches and teams prescribe to runners during race-week or even in the final minutes before race start. These can include a large spaghetti dinner (high school or college cross country runners may be very familiar with this classic pre-race… Read more »

Chris Cage Shares His Backstory and Top Thru-Hiking Tips

Chris Cage shows us the life-changing and empowering effects of taking time out of our busy lives to explore the natural world. In 2012, Cage quit his accounting job and embarked on a two-year adventure that involved traveling 10,000 miles across Asia, teaching English in Thailand, volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia, riding 2,000 miles… Read more »

Zimbabwe’s Emily Hawgood Gears Up For 2022 Western States 100 Mile

Emily Hawgood

Emily Hawgood photos by adidas TERREX and @iancorless. Emily Hawgood, seventh place finisher at the 2021 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, returns to the Western States startline in this weekend. Hawgood, Zimbabwe’s trail running phenom, has had a unique upbringing on a small farm in Zimbabwe where she ran mostly barefoot and competed in… Read more »

Chasing Cutoffs Podcast Celebrates The Back-Of-The-Pack


Above photo: James Holk (@jamesholk). “Chasing Cutoffs amplifies the stories of back-of-the-pack trail and ultra runners. Making fast friends with slow strangers.” —Ben Mead, host of the Chasing Cutoffs podcast Chasing Cutoffs, launched in April 2022, is a trail running podcast that brings attention to incredible stories of “back-of-the-pack” runners. In trail running media, there… Read more »

2022 Broken Arrow Skyrace Elite Field Preview

The country’s top trail runners are gearing up for the 2022 Broken Arrow Skyrace, “California’s first skyrace,” June 17 to 19 at Palisades Tahoe resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Since its inaugural year in 2016, the Broken Arrow Skyrace has become one of the largest and most competitive trail running events in the country…. Read more »

How To Build Your Perfect Ultrarunning “Crew”


In ultrarunning competitions, an athlete’s performance can be aided greatly by support from a well-organized “crew.” A crew – a group of friends, family, coaches, or other individuals – can help athletes with pacing, nutrition, race strategy, problem-solving and motivation throughout the race. Although it is certainly manageable to run ultras without crew support, those… Read more »

The Hudson River 50 Brings Trail Racing To “The Big Apple”

Hudson River 50

David Kilgore, trail athlete manager for On Running, is creating trail running opportunities in the heart of “The Big Apple,” New York City, NY. Kilgore, member of Team USATF at the 2019 Trail World Championships and third place finisher at the 2018 USATF 50-kilometer Trail Championships, has raced and explored trails world wide. Since settling… Read more »

Gonzo Jimenez: Elite Chocolatier and “Ok” Ultrarunner


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 »

Dakota Jones – Creating Environmental Leaders in the Trail Running Community


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 »

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 »