Multi-City Film Premier – Kissing The Rock

Matt Trappe’s World Premier of his running film, Kissing the Rock is kicking off in BOULDER COLORADO!  Join us for drinks and light snacks while you watch this inspiring film followed by a Q and A with Matt and some local Hardrock competitors. Watch the Trailer Now!

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KissingtheRock

The hardrock miners of Colorado experienced adversity on another level through the hardships they faced in the San Juan Mountains. When the mines closed and the jobs dried up the town of Silverton was in search of a new identity.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run epitomizes the community aspect of mountain running perhaps due to the grueling nature of the course and the adversity the runners face. The mentality of everyone vs. the mountain exists especially at Hardrock. Friends and runners gather each July in Silverton and a town is reborn.

A production by Matt Trappe Photo & Film
In association with Louder than 11
Edited by Matt Trappe Louder than 11
Additional Editing by Jess Carfield
Score by Fizzix Productions
Post Produced by Louder than 11
Produced and Directed by Matt Trappe

Film made possible with support from Ultimate Direction, Hoka One One, Clif Bar, Feetures! and Competitor Magazine.

Run. Laugh. Celebrate. That’s Zooma.

Ladies need a motivator or excuse to travel & run? Check out the Zooma Race Series and go on a race-cation!

Zooma Women's Running Races

Zooma Women’s Running Races

“Run by Women” ZOOMA is unique among other women’s races in that it is literally “run by women” (pun intended!)  ZOOMA’s Founder and Executive Director is a woman, mother, and runner, and the staff are all women.  Our primary goal is to execute events that cater to the real needs and wants of women runners.  – See more at: Zooma Run.

Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move – encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture an inspiring weekend filled with “mocktail” parties, yoga sessions, an exciting expo, and celebrations in an unforgettable resort location.  This is ZOOMA Women’s Race Series.

Mission: To inspire women to live healthy, happy, & active lives.

Boutique events in awe-inspiring destinations with a “fit girls weekend” schedule of activities. The inaugural event held in Annapolis, MD on June 1, 2008 attracted over 1,600 runners 2016 events held in Annapolis, MD, Amelia Island, FL, and Cape Cod (Falmouth), MA! Today you can find several race options all over the country and you can stay in touch virtually year round.

Zooma race calendarGrab your girlfriends (and maybe a TuTu) and plan a race weekend of health & fun. Currently – we (Ultimate Direction) are hosting an Instagram takeover – pop over to their page and follow the action – https://www.instagram.com/zoomarun/  We want to see your trail flare, lucky charms or any sort of race gear you can’t live with out. Tag your photos #ZOOMAStyle for a chance to win a UD Jenny Ultra Vesta.

Tag your race day flare with #ZoomaStyle for a chance to win UD gear!

Tag your race day flare with #ZoomaStyle for a chance to win UD gear!

 

UD Proud To Be Working With Krissy Moehl

The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect – we have partnered with Krissy Moehl at the beginning of her new book tour: Running Your First Ultra, and our new and updated Jenny Collection of women’s vests and handhelds hit the shelves in one week.

Krissy Moehl - Ultra RunnerKrissy brings a vibrant new perspective to the team along with thousands of miles under her belt.  Moehl’s positive and encouraging attitude and her deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport will be terrific for everyone.

 

Running Your First Ultra

Her book is like having a partner on the trail. Moehl will become your guide to completing a 50K, 50-mile or 100-mile race. Her experience translates into the most effective and easy-to-follow training method, broken down into phases to help all runners take it to the next level and accomplish their goals. She shares her love of the sport by providing helpful tips, bonus content and personal stories. Her commitment to growing the sport and passion for coaching others running their first is evident in the care she’s taken to create detailed plans and lifestyle adjustments. With Krissy’s book, you will find all the resources and encouragement you need to succeed in challenging your mind and body with an ultramarathon!

We look forward to working on products, events, and spending time on the trails with Krissy!

** Fun facts about Krissy:  she’s left handed, a Scorpio and not to worry – she doesn’t like the color pink either.

SHE’LL BE IN COLORADO ALL WEEK – find an event to check out near you….

BOULDER BOOKSTORE

  • Boulder Bookstore

Boulder Bookstore is hosting a book reading and signing. Guests will purchase a $5 voucher as a ticket to the event. This voucher can be used as credit towards buying Running Your First Ultra or towards any other book on the day of event.

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‘Twas an Ultra Year – UD Athletes set FKT’s!

Twas’ a great year for UD athletes and new records. We are proud that we have 2 super motivated ambassadors that both set unbelievable FKT’s on the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek and Heather “Anish” Anderson should be very proud of their achievements as are we.

Gear Junkie thought so too!

“Few trail runners have generated publicity like Scott Jurek. The vegan ultrarunner’s speed record on the Appalachian Trail was no exception. Jurek arrived at the northern terminus on July 12th, running the trail with a support crew in 46 days, 8 hours, 8 minutes.

Heather “Anish” Anderson’s 2015 unsupported Appalachian Trail record was seen by some as even more impressive. With no substantial help from the outside, Anish completed the AT in purist fashion, hauling her own gear and picking up resupplies at traditional points along the way in 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes, finishing at the southern terminus in September.”

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Check out Gear Junkie’s other 9 most Defining Moments in the Outdoors -> Read More

Andrew Hamilton – Completes All The Colorado 14’ers in Record Time {Exclusive Interview}

Andrew Hamilton finished all the Colorado 14’ers (14,000 ft peaks) in a record time of under 10 days! He used a Ultimate Direction Fastpack, slept very little and had to battle with marmots over his trekking poles.

Learn more about Andrew: http://andrewhamilton.com/

“Climbing Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks (14ers) has been a significant part of my life.  I started climbing them with my step dad Henry Siracusan when I was 11 years old (my little brother Joe was only 3 when he started).  As a raft guide in Buena Vista in 1996 and 1997 I loved the views of the Sawatch 14ers and tried to get out hiking as much as possible.  Finally in 1998 Joe and I took a couple of weeks that summer to finish our remaining 14ers.”

Jared Campbell – the WURL FKT

You may have seen this guy around… maybe at his 10 Hardrock finishes including a win in 2010, finishing all 5 laps at Barkley, finishing Nolans 14, setting canyoneering speed records in Zion … or maybe you haven’t seen him because Jared doesn’t use Facebook, doesn’t talk about himself, doesn’t seek any limelight … and doesn’t run on roads.

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Rounding the Chamonix Loop: A UTMB Recap

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Starting Line. Photo credit: Michel Cottin

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Starting Line. Photo credit: Michel Cottin

The thirteenth running of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc occurred last weekend, bringing roughly 2,500 eager ultrarunners to the quaint mountain town of Chamonix, France. Located at the base of Mont Blanc, Chamonix serves as the starting and finishing point for this grueling endurance race which spans terrain in France, Italy and Switzerland. A highly respected and immensely challenging course, UTMB has become one of the most desirable races in the ultra running scene, attracting mountain runners from 89 countries.  Over the 104-mile course, runners navigate trails in the day and the night, in a multitude of weather conditions, summiting nearly a dozen peaks, and covering over 66,000 combined feet of elevation gain and loss.

UTMB Elevation Profile

UTMB Elevation Profile

This year was the race debut for Ultimate Direction athlete, Sage Canaday, and heading into the event, he was picked as a top favorite. Having spent the four previous weeks training around Mont Blanc, Canaday explains in his irunfar interview  that he had scoped out roughly 40 miles of the course, learning the nuances of this steep and technical terrain.

Sage scouting out the UTMB course. Photo credit: Matt Trappe

Sage scouting out the UTMB course. Photo credit: Matt Trappe

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Scott Returns Home

Boulder’s own Scott Jurek has, after traveling for more than two months, finally returned home. We are thankful to see that he made it through with minimal injuries and that he is making a solid recovery. We are still in awe of his accomplishments and are honored to have been a part of his “masterpiece”. We thank all the supporters, whether you were following remotely, or were one of the many people who directly supported him on the trail. As Scott remarks, it was immeasurably helpful to both him and Jenny to have the support. Scott and Jenny, we look forward to seeing you sometime soon!

 

Photo: Luis Escobar

Photo: Luis Escobar Scott crosses a river by headlamp, wearing a prototype UD vest. His 2,200 miles worth of input will help make this vest one of our best ones yet in 2016.

Photo: Luis Escobar

Scott powers through the forest, reaching for a UD Body Bottle Plus to rehydrate. Photo: Luis Escobar

Photo Luis Escobar

Photo: Luis Escobar

UD Athletes Establishing New FKTs

As FKTs gain more and more recognition in the sport of trail/mountain/ultra running, bigger, tougher, and faster routes are being established. The sky is the limit for the FKTs we have witnessed recently. The UD Team is proud to have some athletes that are creating and completing incredible routes.

Scott Jurek

Scott stands within view of Mt. Katahdin, the last climb of the Appalachian Trail.

Scott stands within view of Mt. Katahdin, the last climb of the Appalachian Trail.

Scott completed his “masterpiece,” a nearly 2,200 mile quest on the Appalachian trail, spanning from Georgia to Maine in 46 days, eight hours and eight minutes on Sunday, July 12, surpassing the previous record by just over 3 hours. Check out Scott’s Signature Series of UD products, complete with our best-selling Ultra Vest.

Justin Simoni

Justin Simoni lets out a victory cry after conquering all of Colorado's 14ers on the Tour 14er. He is pictured wearing the Fastpack 30.

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Auburn Ski Club Trail Races

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UD is excited to support these California trail races!

The Squaw Mountain run takes place on August 1st and is a point-to-point 3.6 mile run with 2000′ feet of elevation gain. Runners start at Squaw Valley and wind up at High Camp, where they are greeted with extensive views of the beautiful California landscape, prizes, raffles, refreshments, and drinks.

The Sierra Crest 30k and 50k runs take place on August 8th. Both are point-to-point runs and traverse through mountains, dirt, rock, and forests. The races have between 3500-4600 feet of gain, enough to make them  challenging yet achievable. Finishers receive food and drinks after crossing the line!

Check out www.auburnskiclub.com for all the info!