Horrible Haiyan

Here in our Boulder office, the 100-year flood that happened on September 9th is still fresh in our minds. I have friends who are still without access to their homes and trails because of damage. It happened in our back yard, and we are a family. Everyone jumped up and were frantically asking “how can we help, what do you need?” We were all lucky that our close-knit outdoor community bonded together, we received major resources and support from the federal government, and we made quick progress.

Flood damage in Colorado

Flood damage in Colorado

On November 3rd yet another natural disaster affected a different part of our family, the one across the Pacific Ocean. Monster typhoon Haiyan (the largest storm in recorded history) stormed through central Philippines with 185 mph winds, leaving a path of flattened towns and coastlines for miles. It wrecked havoc on a country with 7,100 islands and displaced over 600,000 people. Look at all of the tiny islands on this map.

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The Jenny Vesta is Coming….


We brought together a group of talented female runners, both professional and casual runners that we paired with runner and lead designer Jenny Jurek (Yes, Scott Jurek’s wife is a talented designer) to create a line of products that are designed specifically for female athletes, by female athletes. After months of brainstorming, patterning, testing,  tweaking and several “jump photos’ we are excited to see it come to life. In a few weeks we will present the power of this collective in the Jenny Collection. Four products specifically designed to fit perfectly, perform flawlessly, and amplify your drive to the finish line. Take a look for yourself. 

The Women's Collective

Jumping into product testing for the new Jenny Collection

We’d like to not only THANK Jenny Jurek but all the gals involved, everyone contributed to the final product and we can’t wait to share it with you all!!

Erin Doubleday

Deanne Buck

Susan Evans

Marily MacDonald

Emily Averbeck

Stephanie Ehret

Michele Yates

Kristi Anderson

Amanda Charles

Preview of the Jenny Jurek women’s running gear collection –>

The Pursuit to Give & Inspire. A 3000 Mile Team Run Across the USA

Since Landon Cooper was 15 years old he dreamed of running across America, he never dreamed it would be for such a worthy cause; Sarcoma Cancer Research.

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Landon presents Buzz Burrell with his signature on the Access waist pack he wore from the start in California all the way to Boulder.

On his recent 157 day team running tour he witnessed first hand the lethal affects of sarcoma cancer on the countless warriors and their families across the USA. The Miles 2 Give traveling team was composed of three runners traveling in a Winnebago RV. Landon Cooper is Founder & Runner. Ryan Priest is Tour Director & Runner. John McKay is Videographer & Runner. The team will covered 24-30 miles daily completing over 3000 miles in total.

This was not just a recreational run; they were very serious about raising awareness, money, and leaving everyone inspired.  During their cross-country journey they visited schools and hospitals, hosted events, fundraisers, and had meetings with town locals.  We were happy to provide hydration belts and bottles to the crew and were even able to run with them during their Colorado leg of the run. Landon is a pretty deep guy, and his commitment to help people was evident – he got most excited when talking about the children he had just met, rather than the miles he had just run. The “Life Elevated” state would do just that, elevating his greater purpose. Running. Giving. Inspiring. For three months he worked long days and trained in frigid conditions in preparation for the unknowns of running across the country. He is extremely passionate about being a part of the generation that finds the antidote for cancer.

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Miles 2 Give stopping by UD HQ outside of Boulder, CO to run with the Marketing Team.

Now that this first endeavor is complete they are setting their sights on the Land Down Under. Stay tuned for the progress.

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About Miles 2 Give Miles 2 Give is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Sarcoma. We raise funding for Sarcoma cancer research through cross-country ultra-running all the while leaving people inspired until there is a cure. For more information on Miles 2 Give, please visit www.miles2give.org. Give them a LIKE on Facebook, “Miles 2 Give” to stay tuned to all the exciting projects ongoing as well. Currently they have just signed with Huntsman Cancer Institute for direct distribution of 2014 Tour $ raised for sarcoma research. Miles 2 Give offers 2013 Finisher shirts on their website made by cancertees.com, & also M2G Art by Landon is available for purchase as well. Check out his galleries on the Miles 2 Give Facebook page. 20% of all art & apparel goes to their 2013 Wish Granted Program. The 2014 Tour has yet to be announced, so stay tuned!

The 100 Year Flood

My family moved to Boulder in the summer of 1968. On May 5-9, 1969, hard rains produced the biggest flood in decades. As a 7-year-old the 3 feet of water in our (unfinished) basement seemed super cool, sort of like having an indoor swimming pool.

Growing up in Boulder the “100 Year Flood”, was part of the local lexicon, like fallout shelters were for families in the 60′s; one of those legendary things that can’t really happen. We know about these things and plan for them, right? Every summer at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month, Boulder tests its emergency warning system – deafeningly loud sirens and a booming voice over the loudspeakers chillingly announcing, “THIS IS A WARNING SYSTEM TEST.”

But on September 12-15, 2013, when the proverbial “100 Year Flood” actually happened, it was a shocker. For one thing, no one ever thought a big flood would happen in September, when summer monsoon storms typically taper off and thunderstorm producing convection is weak. This year the monsoon was stubborn, and a confluence of static weather systems and particularly abundant monsoon moisture produced a cataclysm that the typically subdued National Weather Service forecasters termed “biblical”.


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UTMB 2013


Photo: Salomon Runinng (Damien Rosso).

I dropped from the 2013 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Trient, Switzerland on Saturday morning—139km and 17hr after the start in Chamonix, France, but still 29km from making it all the way around the mountain. Curiously—despite the DNF—UTMB was one of the most pleasant, even serene, racing experiences I’ve had out on the trails. However, sometimes a few pieces of gristle are all it takes to bring a halt to our silly ambitions, and, if you let it, completely transform your outlook on the day. I’ve tried to not let that happen, but I’m a competitive bastard, and it takes constant attention on my part to keep my perspective firmly situated in the much-vaunted “bigger picture”. Sometimes you really want to win the fucking race, though. Or just finish, even. And when you don’t, it’s disappointing. Big surprise.

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Last weekend’s Leadville marked the return of Scott Jurek. Scott, as Anton told me last year, is “The Man” – 7 straight WS100 wins, Spartathlon, Badwater, 24 hours, etc – it is unlikely anyone will do that and hold that stature again. And he’d been out of competition for 1-3 years (depending on how you figure it). Can he come back? Is his time past or does he still have it? People would ask me my opinion, and I didn’t have one – I didn’t know.

This is his interview on Colorado Public Radio.






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Capitol-Snowmass Link-up

Capitol Peak and Snowmass Mountain in Colorado’s Elk Range are unique when compared to the range’s other 14ers in that they are composed of fractured granite rather than the teetering piles of sedimentary choss that make up the range’s even more famous 14ers (notably, Pyramid and the Maroon Bells). Because of its mandatory Knife Edge on the NE Ridge standard route, Capitol is considered by some to be the state’s most difficult 14er (debatable, of course), and Snowmass is probably the most remote 14er outside of the San Juan range—not a lot of people climb it in a single day. I have an interest in eventually completing a north-to-south link-up of all seven of the Elk 14ers, so rehearsing the best route between Capitol and Snowmass seemed like a good idea.

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When I left the Leadville Fish Hatchery at 2am on Monday morning—setting out on the Nolan’s 14 link-up—I suspect I thought I would have a much longer and more interesting story to tell about my journey than the tale I have in my head right now. The short of it is that I started out stupidly early in the morning, felt crappy already by the second peak (Mt. Elbert), and kept going for four more peaks and 10 more hours, but instead of things getting better they just kept getting worse and worse so I ultimately bailed after Mt. Belford (#6) and descended to the Missouri Gulch trailhead, in relief.

All photos: Matt Trappe.

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Nolan’s 14 Scouting

On the summit of Missouri Mt, I pointed out the rest of our day’s objectives to Joe. From our vantage point, the summits of Belford, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and Yale were all clearly visible. Joe and I both had linked up the first five summits before, but tacking on Yale at the end was uncharted territory for us, and the night before I’d even forgotten to peruse the internet for beta on its ascent.

The western basin of Missouri Mt, the day’s first climb.

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