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Sarah Lavender Smith April 11, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Rickey Gates on Trail Running, Traveling and Living the Dream

In a sport not lacking offbeat characters with exceptional endurance, Rickey Gates stands out.

Trail running’s Kerouac-quoting, motorcycle-riding ...

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Photo by Shaun Gabbard


In a sport not lacking offbeat characters with exceptional endurance, Rickey Gates stands out.

Trail running’s Kerouac-quoting, motorcycle-riding nomad with the serious ’stache and tangled tresses established himself as a champion mountain runner at shorter distances while racing around the globe. Then he entered his first ultra last summer—the 80-mile Canadian Death Race—and won it in 12:15, knocking 32 minutes off the course record held by Hal Koerner.



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