Reflections | Escape 2 New York

Words by: Quinton Jacobs Images by: Jen Ng  & Dhani Oks We’ve been back for a few weeks, and the scope of what we accomplished is only now starting to sink in. I suppose on some level we’ll be reflecting on layers of the trip for many years to come, but right now there are some key bits that stand out and make my heart smile… We ran as a team, non-stop, from Toronto to New…

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Aire Libre | Running and Transcendence in Chiapas Mexico

Words by: Hakim Davy Images provided by: Aire Libre I don’t really know where to start with this tale of adventure.  Exploring culture, food, and land that looks like it has been untouched by corruption and greed really was a mind melt. It felt like a far cry away from the crazy streets of Koreatown, Los Angeles. It was an experience that I will never forget due to these crazy individuals at Aire Libre. From…

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People | Jovica Spajic

We took some time to speak to Serbian Utlra Marathoner Jovica Spajic before taking on the Atacama Crossing in Chile. Hey Jovica! Where are you now? What is your upcoming race schedule looking like? At the moment I am in Serbia and I’m going through my final preparations before my departure to Chile. During the past few years I’ve been somehow profiled as an athlete who loves to run on some of the World’s most…

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People | Rory Linkletter

Words and images by: Stephen Kersh Amidst a gaggle of runner-centric tattoos stampeding through another dang marathon-specific workout on Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff, Arizona, a red maple leaf flashes bright as it continues on its perpetual journey on Rory Linkletter’s thigh. Over and over, round and round, his legs swing on a path of forward momentum towards the next mile split as he’s tucked in amongst his teammates. And as they eat up ground,…

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Choose Your Own Adventure – Mt. Superior South Ridge

Words and images by Joshua Parker and Mackay Hare Illustration by Mackay Hare Editors note: Salt Lake City has long been a must visit destination for trail runners stateside. Throughout the years we’ve had the pleasure of meeting runners from all walks of life who now call this city home. Multi-disciplinary designer and landscape illustrator Mackay Hare stopped by our pop up over last year’s Boston marathon to introduce himself and purchase a cap. When…

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The Art of Endurance.

Words by; Robin Leilani Vieira Most of us runners are considered “crazy people” by the rest of the population, regardless of the distance, terrain, or pace we run. Running IS hard- hard on the body and mind. So, why do we do it?  My running journey began not in the mountains or the trails, but with my sister, Kelsey, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. As a little girl, I found…

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Places | Cap D’espoir & Percé, Québec, Canada

Words and images by: Hugh Langis website : hughlangis.com While other runners train to go faster, I’ve used my running as a space to slow down, to think about my creative process, admire the scenery, and draw playful narratives of what I see on my trails.  This summer, I had the good luck to visit family and friends in my hometown of Percé, QC. My town is uniquely situated near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula,…

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The Human Spirit | Found On The Trails Around Chamonix

Words and images by: Simon Freeman Drifting off to sleep, gazing up at deep black, cloudless sky full of stars and the vast, sweeping brush-stroke of the Milky Way, I thought that the sunrise would wake me. After all, there was no way to cover the windows. It was mid-summer in the higher reaches of the French Alps, during one of the hottest June weeks on record. And the sun would be up early. Like…

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Rock the Ridge: An Ego Death in The Gunks

Words by: Matt McAllister Images provided by: Rock the Ridge “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Rock the Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of New York’s Hudson Valley.   The scene of my first ultramarathon unfolds high in…

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Enjoy The Process

Lucas Bruchet and Justin Kent are Vancouver-based distance runners training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The pair grew up competing against each other in Surrey, BC, and became teammates on the University of British Columbia’s varsity running team. Bruchet is a three-time national cross-country champion and represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This year Kent won the iconic Vancouver Sun Run, besting international competition to become the first local champion…

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Basketball Was Life

Words by: Kimberly Hyacinthe Illustrations: Sarah Cotton Basketball was my first love. I played it during most of my high school. So when one of my friends asked me to join her in entering a regional track and field school race, I refused. I thought it was something like the cross-country races we had to do in the fall for gym class. I was good at it, but I wasn’t a fan, because lungs and…

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Places | A1 Mountain Road in Flagstaff, Arizona

Words and images by: Stephen Kersh Running with: Grayson Murphy & Will Baldwin One of the more appealing aspects of running must be its lack of variance; a completely logical activity not liable to change any time soon. The grey area in the sport — the most pure version of the sport — is almost non-existent: start your timepiece and discover what you’re willing to push your legs, lungs, and mind to accomplish. It is…

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Places | Squamish, British Columbia

Words: Kelly Irwin Images: Chase White Over a year ago, I made the decision to leave behind city life and chase my personal goals and passion. I quit my corporate job. I sold my house. And I left it all behind to move to a new town in the mountains. That town is Squamish, BC. I haven’t looked back since. Squamish has traditionally been a logging town right smack in the middle of Vancouver and…

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Portrait | Blacktoe Running

  Words by: Tim Huebsch Images by: Joel Clifton A black megaphone rests on a sill in a condo used as an office, a few floors above the bustling street of Toronto’s King Street West neighbourhood. It rarely collects dust, and hasn’t sat in the same spot for long, showing wear from its countless appearances at local road races. If you’re a runner in Toronto, you’ve likely heard of BlackToe Running, the run specialty store…

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Stories | The Thing Most Likely to Kill Me, is Me

Words by Justin Reid-Simms (@houseofcardinal) Photos by Peigh Asante (@Peigh) The thing most likely to kill me, is me. That sentence, that short sentence, is echoing around my head right now. It’s taken directly from a video that CALM produced last week that, for me, encapsulated everything we need to be doing right now to better understand mental health issues and normalize conversation around them.  Narrated by the words of actual men going through depression…

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Northern Mojave Desert: A Highline Story

Words and Images by:  Hello Highline Most of us run trails not because we prefer rugged, ankle-twisting dirt to smooth blacktop. We head down the trail because we want to be with nature and to escape, however briefly, from the daily grind of modern life. While trails are designed by people, our experiences along them are simply moments of random, often beautiful, serendipity. We know where the trail starts and ends but the experience along…

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Journal Notes: Road to Boston in 14 weeks

Words by: Francisco Balagtas Pictures by: Conor Hayden Preface: My formula for the last two years (2017 & 2018) with running was simple; run every day, run as many races as possible, and set a personal best in every distance. In 2017 I ran every race I could and set PR’s in the Mile, 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 15K, 10 Mile, Marathon, and the 50K. In 2018 I raced 40 times throughout the year and…

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Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Words by: Sierra Asplundh Images by: Geoffrey Knott & Sierra Asplundh Breathe in. Breathe out. Alarm goes off. It’s a summer morning back in 2008. I reach for the water glass by my bed and slowly sip, awaking my metabolism along with those other bodily functions. My training plan calls for 30 minutes of cardio as I begin my summer training, heading into my first year of playing collegiate field hockey. I’m able to train…

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Burnout: More than just an unsanctioned race

Words by Jennifer Labrie. Pictures by Lance Leong. Hi. My name is Jennifer. I’m a runner and a tequila enthusiast. Or is it tequila enthusiast first and runner second? That’s not a knock on running, I REALLY love tequila…but I digress. I met Noel through a blanket drive he organized for people on skid row. Since then, we remained in touch and I got to learn about his idea for the Burnout. Noel first shared…

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14 peaks, 100 miles, 60 hours: Luke Jay takes on Nolan’s 14

Words by Luke Jay I’m not exactly sure what time it is. I think it’s around 2:00 or 3:00 am? Did I just fall asleep when I sat down? Maybe a minute or two. I feel good for 10 steps, then nothing. My legs are dead and I have zero energy. I need to sit down again, oh man, here we go…puking. I’m not sure I’ve done this at 13,000 feet before? Nope, I haven’t.…

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STRINGBEAN – The Appalachian Trail in Record Time

Words by Joe McConnaughy aka Stringbean Documentary by: Joe McConnaughy and Pilot Field The Appalachian Trail was a huge undertaking – probably the biggest, gnarliest adventure that I will ever do in the rest of my life. And I am okay with that. After finishing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2014, I told myself I would never do something like that again. But I had a voice in the back of my mind. IF I…

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Thank you.

Words by: Joshua Parker Pictures by: Greg Snyder I just wanted to say thank you Angus. Thank you for eagerly waking me up every morning before the sun rises to make sure I get the miles in. Thank you for being excited no matter how painfully cold, terribly rainy or ridiculously snowy it is outside. Thank you for pushing me to keep going with uninhibited exuberance and abandon, no matter how exhausted I may be.…

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Bridges, Running and Matcha: A Brief Chat With Darcy Budworth

Interview by: Andrew Jamieson Images by : Geoffrey Knott Andrew: What’s up?   Darcy: Hey! Well right now I just got back to New York. I’ve been traveling a lot for my day job. Other than that, I’ve got a few things coming up with Take the Bridge that I’m working on. Nothing that I can announce quite yet. Andrew: Exciting stuff! So, Darcy I wanted to start at the beginning. Although I think a…

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Reelin’ In the Years

Words by Colin Smith   “Ageing is a deterioration of connective tissue.”     It’s a sweltering late-August day in Toronto, about three months after I crossed the finish line at the 2018 Comrades Marathon in South Africa. I’m bent over stiffly, digging through my bottom drawer for running shorts that will fit me. I’ve already tried on two pairs and both were uncomfortably and unflatteringly tight. I finally pull out from the depths of…

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Pain, Adversity, and Triumph: The Patagonia Expedition Race

Words by: Chelsey Magness Images by: Bend Racing “So, do you want to do this thing next weekend?  I think you would really like it, we are going to run around the desert and use all of our gear for a few hours.” “Yes! Of course!” In all truthfulness, I would’ve done anything, as long as it included him. A few days later, I stepped on to the start line with a group of other athletes.…

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4 streets & 3 left turns: RUNAROUND125

Words by: @computer.legs Pictures by: @gophobservation Original Article Link: http://www.troisiemeoeil.space/runaround125 We weren’t all born and raised in Montreal, but this is where we are from. So it was 5:45AM. Saturday. December 1st, 2018. Here we were, 6 runners of varying ability from NDG’s Run Rite Athletics Club, 1 weather-hardened photog on his trusty single-speed, and 1 saint who borrowed his mom’s car to shepherd us between checkpoints. The idea was simple and the organization was… well, let’s…

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Jon and Jeanne Talk Running and Gear and Running Gear

Words by Jeanne Mack Images provided by Stephen Kersh & TruTv The day that Jon and I meet in Brooklyn, he’s dressed like a weather app guru. It seems like he knows the weather better than it knows itself. For hours that morning, an ambiguous overlap of snow and rain fell onto the streets. When Jon showed up with the perfect waterproof outer layer, an unthinkably sturdy umbrella, and warm hat, I was instantly jealous.…

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3 steps for meaningful community building

We all love clickbait. Who doesn’t!? It’s so fulfilling, but then again, so not. Clickbait is like a mediocre run/walk club; it gets the job done at the beginning, but you quickly tire of it. Ranging from “the 5 best strength training exercises for runners” to “your top-3 things to buy a runner for Christmas” … and as low as “the 4 things to eat to become a great runner”, or worse, “The 10 steps…

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Uprooted, yet grounded

I have been uprooted. My roots are dangling in the air. Trying to find a stable home.   For the last 7 months, the longest consecutive period I have spent in a country is 21 days. The next longest period is 12 days. I have to admit, there are positives to this situation. I have a job I love, and I have been able to travel to some great cities. For this I am thankful.…

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Teaching a little, learning a lot in Cape Dorset Nunavut.

Photos and words by Gavin Hatheway The Journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Cape Dorset is a long one. It starts with a flight to Ottawa where we meet with the team for dinner. My friend Dave Culligan and I are travelling to Cape Dorset, Nunavut with the Eatfit Project. We’re here to document an awesome group of students and professionals who make trips to Northern Canada to promote healthy eating and exercise to improve…

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Autumn Foraging

Pictures and words by Billy White @billywhite43 It feels like a lot of my running is dual purposed, the majority of my weekly miles come from either the daily work commute or to pick up the kids from school. Necessary ways to get in a decent weekly mileage whilst juggling full time work, a wife, two kids and a fast approaching 100-mile trail race. But for a few weeks of the year dual purposed running…

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Running in Tao.

Words by Hakim Tafari,  images by Sarah Cotton Every time you run, you create the quality Of your own experience. Runners often speak of pain and of course, if you want that You can have all you want merely by pushing yourself beyond your limits Every time you run. It’s your choice of whether to run to punish yourself Or to experience yourself. If you choose, with me, the latter, Then every run can be…

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The Leadville 100 and attending your own funeral.

words and images by Eric Lipuma Leading up to the Leadville 100 I was in the best shape of my life. I had some early season success with winning my first National title and was very excited to test myself on one of the countries more well-known trail races. During winter I had focused exclusively on road ultras and was pretty confident that the relatively flat Leadville course would be a great place to combine…

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Unicorns, Weight Loss and Social Media

By Marc Schultz In spite of arguing unsuccessfully with my running app on the accuracy of the distances we cover, it has none the less been a part of my recent success in taking back my health. That, and my daughter’s newly found appreciation for make believe animals. While slouched uncomfortably on the couch, she says to me “Dad, you should run like a unicorn.” I ask what that means, expecting I will get a…

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In the end, it’s all worth it – Ultra Run across Haiti

For Text Version scroll down… Transcribed from Above: How many of you are out there looking for meaning? Have you ever asked yourself, what would you be doing if you had six months to live? Whether it’s in a deeper spiritual way, or a sense that you are missing something, something fulfilling, I think many of us are searching for a sense of purpose, a sense of living out our full potential. Samuel Beckett once…

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A Grand Gesture of Goodbye

Words by: Jeanne Mack Illustrations by: Sarah Cotton A week had passed, and I still couldn’t go down stairs. Shuffling my feet as I creaked into an about-face at the top of a staircase to descend backwards made it a bit easier. But not much. Any bodily motion I made left me feeling like a colony of tiny, irate gremlins had settled into my lower body in order to work their anger out by using…

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Wild Bruce Chase – Ganaraska Trail

Photos and words by Sydney Allen-Ash This is my third year capturing the all-woman Wild Bruce Chase team in their completion of an end to end trail in the fastest known time (FKT). In 2016 they completed the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Peninsula, in 2017 they took on the Rideau Trail in Ottawa and this year it was the Ganaraska Trail that spanned approximately 600km from Port Hope to Devil’s Glen. While in contrast…
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Eats | Fig, Nut and Pomegranate Molasses Bars

A different take on the classic energy bar, featuring mineral-rich dried figs instead of dates! This recipe also includes pomegranate molasses – adding a bright, slightly tart note. Delicious and nutritionally-balanced, these bars offer whole (unprocessed) plant-based protein from the almonds, and omega-fat rich walnuts. Composed of a few nourishing ingredients, enjoy these bars as a healthy alternative to most of the store-bought items on the market. They make for a sweet snack, pre/post workout…

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Not Just a Race

– This story excerpt is one of our favourites from the archives of  Like the Wind , a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine for runners, by runners. We all do it: book races because they sound great. Friends extol the virtues of this or that race and you go: “Ooh! I might try that.” I’m partly the “ooh” brigade and partly inner self-challenger. Let’s face it: we don’t choose easy races. Come to think of it, which races are…

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I Dream of Running

– This story excerpt is one of our favourites from the archives of  Like the Wind , a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine for runners, by runners. I dream. I dream about running in the mountains. Running free, with great vistas before me. I run strong on the uphills, powering through each rise and turn. I dream of running fast and free on the descents, skipping from corner to corner, feet barely touching the ground as I weave this…

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TSP4.0 — THE EXCHANGE

words and images by Jody Bailey. It typically has an RV or support vehicle present, is completely different for everyone involved every time, and will happen — on average — over one hundred and thirty times for a team of six. The exchange. Photos for the Take The Bridge team from The Speed Project racing from LA to Las Vegas. The Speed Project is a relay race from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles…
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Dick Beardsley: The Dating Game

– This story excerpt is one of our favourites from the archives of  Like the Wind , a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine for runners, by runners. I’ve been running for 40-plus years now and have logged more than 150,000 miles, yet when I go to bed at night I can hardly wait to get up in the morning for my run. I’ve been very fortunate in my running, but when I look back on how I got started, it…

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Stories | They Can and They Do | The Rideau Trail FKT

The thing about this thing I have described as a race is that it isn’t one. On July 1st at 7:00AM eleven women and a support crew began a 328km relay across the Rideau Trail from Ottawa to Kingston. The relay would extend through the night and well into the following afternoon for the next 35 hours (34:40 if I’m being specific, I should be specific). I was corrected very early on by one of…

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Eats | Blueberry Lemon Cashew Cheesecake

  Ingredients: Whole almonds, slivered almonds, raw cashews, pitted soaked dates, frozen blueberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon zest, ginger, sea salt. This bright, nutritious, and delicious dessert is made whole, real plant-based ingredients – with no added refined sweeteners or oils. Featuring wild blueberries, rich in anthocyanin – a potent flavonoid antioxidant, responsible for the dark purple pigment of this fruit. The protein-packed cashews make up the tart’s filling, providing healthy unsaturated fats, and a rich, creamy texture. Paired with…

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Eats | Spiced Celeriac with Pomegranate and Parsley

This whole food dish is a plant-based take on a classic holiday roast! Celebrating celeriac – a delicious and nutritious root vegetable that is often overlooked. Seasoned in warming spices, and topped with fresh parsley, and bright sweet pomegranate seeds – this is a satisfying, flavorful, nutrient-dense seasonal winter dish. Find the complete recipe here! Recipe by Danielle Levy R.H.N, N.C Follow her on Instagram & learn more about a Whole Food Plant-Based diet in this…

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Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet, and the impact of 4%

By Eugene Kim (@hi_im_euge) “He told me, one hour is four percent of your day,” he said, about advice he had received from Boston Marathon legend, Wayne Levy. “If I can’t find ONE hour for something I love…” Terence and I were enjoying breakfast overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. Over french toast and breakfast potatoes at a favorite local watering hole, the Naked Cafe, we caught up on life and shared conversation about everything…

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Eats | Roasted Squash Brassica Salad

This seasonal salad is packed with fiber-rich complex carbs (for stable energy), vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Omega 3’s, protein and deliciousness! The comforting roasted squash, hearty winter greens, fresh parsley and apple, sweet cranberries, and crunchy walnuts create a balanced bite. I suggest preparing enough for 3 days worth of whole food, plant-based meals – making the most of your cooking time! Find the complete recipe here. Learn more about a Whole Food, Plant-Based diet in this Guide (makes a great holiday gift idea!)…

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Stories | Mind and Meditation, Breath and Body | The Training Logs, November 15, 2016

Words by Jeggi Elinzano (@paavozatopek) I love racing. I grew up around a father that built racing cars, actually started racing cars myself, fell in love with biomechanics and the human body’s ability to adapt to methods of training in a consistent pursuit of speed, and, ultimately, became obsessed with the idea of trying to cover the length of any course in the shortest time possible. It has immense meaning for me since I oft…

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The Naked Walk

Stories | The Naked Walk

By Huyen Minh (@goldtogreen) As a girl and now as a woman, we are constantly thinking about and confronted with our bodies. There were always people around me, taking the right to say something about how I looked. From my parents, to kids from school, to magazines and advertising all over the place, it was too skinny, too brown, too tall, too flat – yes, flat chested – too this and that, 24/7. Growing up you…

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