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Having The Right Footwear For The Magic Of The Milford

Mildew wafted through my senses, although, I was yet to officially acknowledge its presence. For the time being, it was simply a background distraction pouring into my olfactory system as I focused on escaping the swarm of sandflies, which were generating welts on my limbs. Once inside the appropriately named Sandfly Shelter, I let out a sigh, kicked back and closed my eyes for a moment of quietness before the rest of the hiking cluster arrived.

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Destination: Hakone, Japan

I am fortunate that my career provides me with the opportunity to travel to various places around the world. Late last year, I found myself heading towards Japan, a beautiful country where I had never before visited. Immediately upon receiving this work assignment, I began to plot a big day of running in the mountains near Mt. Fuji. I had dreamt of seeing this majestic mountain for many years, and I had heard amazing stories of the picturesque and rugged trails of the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji course.

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Stone State Park – Iowa

When asked where is your favorite place to run? I immediately thought MOUNTAINS! But then I came to the conclusion. I am always at Stone Park running up what I consider mountains on a regular basis, so I decided perhaps Stone Park is my favorite place to run….. When you don’t live by mountains, you must make your own mountain. Iowa is not totally flat and I am lucky to live in some of the hilliest area.

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Wilderness of Rocks, Arizona National Scenic Trail

The very thing that makes the Wilderness Of Rocks one of my favorite places on earth is the fact that it resembles nothing of the sort. It’s an otherworldly landscape of precariously balanced stones and curiously placed rocks that seems to imply some localized dysfunction in the mechanizations of gravity. At first glance it elicits a sense of being Mark Watney’s proving ground; an alien and inhospitable landscape at the far-flung fringes of the known universe.

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The One Mile Rule

The One Mile Rule says to go at least one mile, if things are still falling apart and something just “isn’t right”, it’s time to be done. Today was that day. I don’t like to quit, in fact, I refuse to quit. However, when I foresee a bigger problem coming in the future, I don’t want my short term stubbornness to get the best of me. I kicked ass yesterday, 11 miles at a super awesome pace and then crushed my CrossFit workout.

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A One of A Kind Adventure – Ski Hardrock

I had the privilege to catch up with Altra athlete, Jason Schlarb after his epic ski adventure on the Hardrock 100 course. The Hardrock 100 is renowned as one of the most challenging ultra marathon races in the world. It has 33,992 feet of vertical climbing over 100 miles. It traverses a loop from Silverton, CO through Ouray and Telluride across ridge lines and peaks amidst the rugged San Juan mountains.

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Smith Rock State Park – Oregon

Located about 30 miles north of Bend, Oregon, Smith Rock State Park is mostly well-known for its world-class rock climbing. This gem features jutted up jagged volcanic rocks that reach up into the sky 550ft. The trails along the river are mostly flat, smooth single track trails that are maintained by the park. From the river, you pick your choice of where to go. The Misery Ridge trail boasts great panoramic views of the Three Sisters Mountains, which include Mt.

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Kalalau Trail – Hawaii

My parents took my brother and I to Hawaii in 2007 after my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but I was raised by some pretty amazing people. They instilled in my brother and me some values that have enabled us both to live life to the fullest: You’re always welcome at home, but you can’t move back—go get your own life ((hug)).

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in Descanso, CA

The first time I came to visit my now-husband in San Diego, we went out to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in Descanso, CA near Julian. I’m not sure what we were thinking because it was a super hot August day with temps reaching 100 degrees. But that day I would run/walk/hike 10 miles, giving me a small taste of what the mountains near San Diego would offer, like seeing the golden fields that California is known for the first time.

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Toxaway loop – Sawtooth Mountains

Only living a short 2 hour drive from the Sawtooth mountains I can’t help and look back on 2015 in disgust. Why, you ask? It’s simple really. I’ve lived in Boise since 1993 and it took me until last year to make it to this most amazing place! In 2015 I made it to Stanley, ID, the heart of living in the valley separating the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountain ranges.

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Destinations – Gooseberry Mesa, Utah

Gooseberry Mesa is renowned in the mountain biking world as a rider’s paradise. While I know nothing about mountain biking on Gooseberry Mesa, I can attest that the trails there are a runner’s paradise as well. Gooseberry Mesa lies in the heart of southern Utah, right outside the small town of Hurricane. A rutted, rocky dirt road is a minor obstacle to getting there, so a high clearance vehicle is definitely recommended.

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Destinations – Big Sur – Santa Lucia

Running in Big Sur is a distinct pleasure. It offers a ton of diversity. The Santa Lucia Mountains rise steeply out of the Pacific Ocean and have a unique ecosystem where Santa Lucia firs and sugar pines share the slopes and ridges with redwoods and countless wildflowers. One of the more pristine trails—and my favorite along the south coast—is the Cone Peak Trail. You can find it after a long and winding drive south along Hwy 1, south of Carmel and Monterey, Ca.

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Altra and Western States 100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Craig Thornley, WS 100 race director, rd@wser.org**. and Colleen Logan, VP Marketing,** clogan@iconfitness.com ALTRA NAMED EXCLUSIVE FOOTWEAR SPONSOR OF WESTERN STATES 100 The world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race announces partnership with Altra Footwear AUBURN, Calif. – Altra Footwear has been named the exclusive footwear sponsor of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, Western States 100 President John Medinger announced today. Altra is also the sponsor of the Altra 6K Uphill Challenge, beginning at the Western States start line and ending at High Camp.

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Western States – More than Just a Race

Western States is right around the corner! We reached out to some of our Athletes to give their input on what Western States means to them. We’re very excited for this weekend’s race and hope to see our Altra crew finish strong! If you aren’t around Squaw Valley, you can keep up with the race this weekend by following #WS100 and all the live streams from Ultra Sports Live. Nicole Studer

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Ultra Fiord: 108 Wild Miles in Patagonia Chile

I found myself glissading on my rear down a snowfield with only one good pole, the other I’d snapped in two at the handle a mere 10 minutes after getting it from my drop bag 4000 feet below. As I neared the bottom of the incline to glissade onto the glacier, I noticed a crevasse in my path. Whoah!I jammed my pole handle into the wet snow, dug in my heels and popped to my feet just in time to step across the foot-wide void.

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Jason Schlarb’s FKT adventure in Patagonia

On January 21st Altra Elite Athlete Jason Schlarb ran the O and W circuit at Torres del Paine National Park Chile, Patagonia. This FKT was in conjunction with a 2 week running adventure around Patagonia with Joel Wolpert (Producer of “In the High Country” with Anton Krupicka) and Jeremy Wolf. Here are some of the breathtaking photos captured of Schlarb and Wolf during the adventure, all taken by Joel Wolpert;

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Boston Bound: Altra Scavenger Hunt and Events

Well, the Altra team is Boston bound. We are pumped! We’ll have a nice booth at the expo, make sure to swing by and say hi. All weekend we’ll be doing the scavenger hunt that is explained below, win some free gear! On Saturday or Sunday we’ll be setting up a water aid station on the famous Charles River running trail to keep runners hydrated. Along with that we are looking to get together and do a group run on Saturday at 5 pm, meet out front of the State House on Beacon Street.

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Altra in Japan

Altra Co-Founder Brian Beckstead is in Japan sharing the Altra love! Check out this excerpt from his journey: “So I am in Japan getting ready for the Shinetsu 110k ultra marathon. The real reason I’m in Japan is because the Japanese love Altra, but the benefit is that I get to race while I’m here! In 5 weeks I will have raced a 50k, 100 miler, paced Wasatch 100, and now a 110k.

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