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Gore Gore

 April 11, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Muck Monsters: Spring 2013 Shoe Review
Spring trail-running shoes keep it light and fast

In the last few years, the running-shoe industry has seen a massive exodus away from the hefty heel cushioning and arch support of yore. While not all runners have embraced the new, minimalist breed, most companies—even those offering more “traditional” options—are taking at least some cues from it, lightening up materials and experimenting with less-beefy heels.

With newfound interest in the “drop” of shoe—that is, the millimeter-difference in stack height between the heel and toe—we’ve included this spec in our reviews. According to its proponents, a lower drop (less than the traditional 10mm to 14mm) encourages a more “natural” running motion by more closely approximating barefoot running.

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Pacific/Desert  
05/04 Biggest Loser RunWalk Off-Road Challenge 5K; Henderson, NV
05/04 Grand Ridge Trail Run #1 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
05/04 Salmon Run 5K, 10K; Bend, OR
05/04 Western Pacific Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Fremont, CA
05/04 Wild Wild West Marathon And Ultra 26.2M, 50K; Lone Pine, CA
05/05 Little Mountain 10k/25k 10K, 25K; Mount Vernon, WA
05/11 Cinderella Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
05/11 Into The Wildlands Limestone Eco Challenge 12K, 20K; Orange, CA
05/11 Liberty Lake Trail Run 8M; Liberty Lake, WA
05/11 Mud Mountain Melee 8k  8K; Enumclaw, WA
05/11 PCT 50 Miler 50M; Campo, CA
05/11 Quicksilver 25K, 50K, 50M; San Jose, CA
05/11 Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K & 50K Relay 50K; Foresthill, CA
05/11 Sunflower Marathon and Relay Event 26.2M; Winthrop, WA
05/11 Whoo's in El Moro  25K, 50K; Newport Beach, CA
05/11 Wild Boar Run Trail Races 10K, 13.1M; Mill Valley, CA
05/15 IRC Mother's Day 5k 5K; Auburn, WA
05/18 Bishop High Sierra Ultra-Marathons 20M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Bishop, CA
05/18 Born To Run Ultra Marathons 10M, 50K, 100K, 100M; Los Olivos, CA
05/18 Paiute Meadows 2M, 8K; Susanville, CA
05/18 Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Race 12H; Redmond, WA
05/18 Wildcat 5K, 10K, 13.1M; El Sobrante, CA
05/18 XTERRA Malibu Creek Xduro 6K, 22K; Calabasas, CA; www.genericevents.com
05/19 Horseshoe Lake 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Palo Alto, CA
05/19 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA; www.ohlone50k.com
05/19 Sun Mountain 25K, 50K, 50M; Winthrop, WA
05/23 Pigtails Challenge 100M, 150M, 200M; Renton, WA
05/25 China Camp Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Rafael, CA
05/25 Cottonwood Chaos Day/Night 10K, 13.1M; Las Vegas, NV
05/25 Happy Girls Run 5K, 10K; Bend, OR
05/25 Mount Wilson Trail Race 8.6M; Sierra Madre, CA; www.mountwilsontrailrace.com
05/25 Nanny Goat 12/24/100 12H, 24H; Riverside, CA
05/25 Ride the Wind Trail Races 20M, 50M, 100M; Las Vegas, NV
05/25 Soaring Eagle 5M, 10M, 26.2M, 50K; Sammamish, WA
05/26 Dirt Devils Cougar Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; San Diego, CA
05/27 City of Laguna Hills Memoria Day Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Laguna Hills, CA
06/01 Foothills Trail Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Ultra 13.1M, 27.7M, 50K, 50M; South Prairie, WA; www.rainiertoruston.com
06/01 Government Peak 2.75M; Hatcher Pass, AK
06/01 Laguna-Cuyamaca 50k 50K; Mt. Laguna, CA
06/01 Lynch Canyon Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vallejo, CA
06/01 Nitro Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pinole, CA
06/01 Red Devil Challenge 10K, 25K; Cashmere, WA
06/02 Canyon Meadow #2 5M, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
06/02 Dirt Devils Coyote Trail Run 5K; San Diego, CA
06/02 Dirty Girls Run Wild 6.5M, 13.1M; Lakewood, WA
06/02 Pine and Cedar Hill Climb 4.5M; Bellingham, WA
06/02 Run For The HIlls 14M, 8K, 30K; Corvallis, OR

Rockies   
05/04 Collegiate Peaks 25M, 50M; Buena Vista, CO; www.CollegiatePeaksTrailRun.org
05/04 Greenland Trail Races 8M, 25K, 50K; Larkspur, CO
05/05 Mesa Run 1M, 5K, 10M; Golden, CO
05/11 Don't Fence Me In Trail Runs 5K, 12K, 30K; Helena, MT
05/11 High Line Canal Trail Run 5K, 10K; Centennial, CO
05/11 Quad Rock 50 25M, 50M; Fort Collins, CO
05/12 Crazy Legs 10K 10K; Loveland, CO
05/18 La Sportiva Vail Boneyard Boogie 10K; Eagle, CO
05/25 Garfield Grumble 5M; Palisade, CO
05/25 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Los Alamos, NM; www.highaltitudeathletics.org
05/26 Medicine Bow Half Marathon 13.1M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Rocky Mountain 50K 50K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Vedauwoo Trail Race 5K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Wyoming Marathon 26.2M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/31 Bryce 100 Mile 100K, 100M; Bryce Canyon, UT
06/01 Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 12M, 50K; Black Hawk, CO
06/01 Mountain to Valley Trail Runs 4M, 10M; Glenwood Springs, CO
06/01 Pilot Hill 25K Classic 25K; Laramie, WY
06/01 Pocatello 50 50K, 50M; Pocatello, ID
06/01 Run For Aurora 50k and 50 Mile 50K, 50M; Roxborough, CO
06/01 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run 50M; Provo, UT
06/01 Turquoise Lake Half Marathon 20K; Leadville, CO
06/01 Xterra Jordanelle Trail Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Park City, UT
06/02 Fish Hatchery  5K; Leadville, CO
06/02 Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K; Westcliffe, CO

Heartland   
05/04 7@7 1K, 5K, 7M; Mankato, MN
05/11 Dances With Dirt Gnaw Bone 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50R, 50M; Gnaw Bone, IN
05/11 Ice Age Trail 13.1M, 50K, 50M; La Grange, WI
05/11 Rock-On! Lake Perry 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Meriden, KS; www.psychowyco.com/lakeperrytrailruns.com
05/11 Thoen Stone Seven 7M; Spearfish, SD
05/18 Camper Scamper 5k 5K; London, OH
05/18 Superior "Spring" Trail Races 25K, 50K; Lutsen, MN
05/18 Playin' Possum 50K Trail Run 50K; Delaware, OH
05/25 Fat Tire Trail Challenge 10K; Rapid City, SD
06/01 5k Foam Fest Chicago 5K; Ottawa, IL
06/01 Blue Mound Trail Run 9K, 25K; Blue Mounds, WI
06/01 Chester Woods Trail Run 5K, 10M, 50K; Rochester, MN
06/01 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; www.kettle100.com
06/01 Yankee Springs Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 52.4M; Middleville, MI
06/02 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com

Northeast   
05/02 McNaughton Park Trail Run 30M, 100M, 150M, 200M, 500M; Pittsfield, VT
05/04 24-Hour Adventure Trail Run 24H; Triangle, VA; www.athletic-equation.com
05/04 Farm Park Challenge 3H, 6H; Derwood, MD
05/04 The North Face® Endurance Challenge Series - Northeast Regional  5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Bear Mountain, NY
05/04 Trail Nut 10K, 13.1M; Bedford, VA
05/04 XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run 5K; Tannersville, PA
05/05 Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge 13.1M; Huntingdon, PA
05/05 Hither Hills Off-Road Half Marathon 13.1M; Montauk, NY
05/05 Medved Madness 15M; Mendon, NY
05/11 Beidleheimer Sidewinder  10K; State College, PA
05/11 Capon Valley 50K Run 50K; Yellow Spring, WV; www.runcapon50k.com
05/11 Dark & Dirty NightTime Trail Run 6.66M; Reading, PA
05/11 Stateline Woods 9K/5K Trail Race for Conservation 5K, 9K; Kennett Square, PA
05/11 Wapack and Back 21M, 42M, 50M; Ashburnham, MA
05/15 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #2 6M; Rochester, NY
05/17 Dominion Riverrock Filthy 5k Mud Run 5K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Miller Lite Filthy 5K 10K; Richmond, VA
05/18 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV; www.wvmtr.org
05/18 Dominion Riverrock James River Scramble 10K; Richmond, VA
05/18 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
05/18 XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run 5K; Wilkes-Barre, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com
05/19 Dirty German Endurance Fest 25K, 50K, 50M; Philadelphia, PA
05/19 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races 6K, 24K; Stafford Springs, CT
05/19 Trav's Trail Run 3M; Newburyport, MA
05/25 Memorial Day Marathon Trail Race 15K; Lenox, MA
05/25 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K; New Gloucester, ME
05/25 Sehgahunda Trail Marathon 26.3M; Rochester, NY; www.sehgahundatrailmarathon.com
05/25 Trail 2 Trail Series 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CT
05/25 Xterra Lams Pond 5K, 10K; Bear, DE
05/26 Charlie Horse Half Marathon 13.1M; Plowville, PA
05/29 EX2 Weeknight Trail Running Series (Race #1) 5M; Annandale, VA
06/01 Buffalo Stampede Trail Run 5M, 14M, 19M; Freeport, PA
06/01 Mayapple 50K and 100K 10M, 20M, 50K, 100K; Millburn, NJ
06/01 Mendon Mauler 4M, 8M, 12M; Mendon, NY
06/01 Old Dominion 100 Mile Cross Country Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
06/01 Pocono XTERRA Hickory Trail Run 11K; White Haven, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com
06/01 Race To The Top of Bradford 3.5M; Bradford, VT
06/01 Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K; State College, PA; www.rothrockchallenge.com
06/01 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Mid-Atlantic Regional 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Sterling, VA
06/01 Tortoise & Hare Trail Run 10K; Ithaca, NY
06/02 Conquer the Cove 25K, 26.2M; Roanoke, VA
06/02 Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6M; Boalsburg, PA

South   
05/04 Pandora's Box of Rox 10K, 13.1K, 26.2M, 50M; Burnet, TX
05/04 Purple Cloth 5K; Cary, NC
05/04 Run For Kids 50K, 12H; Birmingham, AL
05/04 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50M; Cordesville, SC; www.eagle-endurance.com
05/05 Palm Bluff Trail Race & Ultra : Margaritas & Manure 12K, 13.1M, 50K; Palm Bluff Conservation Area, FL
05/05 Springs Backyard Burn Trail Running Series Race #5 5M, 10M; Fairfax Station, VA
05/11 Cherokee Five Miler 5M; Louisville, KY
05/11 Dirty Spokes - Mt Tabor 4M, 8M; Dallas, GA
05/11 Race for City Jackson 3.3M, 14.8M, 32M; Jackson, GA
05/11 Time Out For Fun 5K, 10K; Dacula, GA
05/18 Forge Trail Series - Hell's Hills 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Ruston, LA
05/18 KEYS100 50M, 100M, R; Key Largo, FL
05/18 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com
05/18 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run 5K, 10K; Spicewood, TX
05/19 XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Pelham, AL
05/25 Sutallee Trail Run 4.5M, 10M; Canton, GA
05/26 Wickham Park Marathon And 50, 100 And 200 Mile Fun Runs 26.2M, 50M, 100M, 200M; Melbourne, FL
06/01 Bernheim Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY; www.trailraceseries.com
06/01 Hit the Ground Running 2K, 6K, 11K; Matthews, NC
06/01 Whispering Pines Trail Run 10M, 25K, 50K; Tyler, TX
06/01 XTERRA Georgia Deep South 5K, 15K; Jackson, GA

International  
05/04 North Shore Enduro 6H; North Vancouver, BC
05/04 Pony Express 60M; Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
05/05 The North Face Dirty Feet Kal Park 50 8K, 25K, 50K; Vernon, BC
05/07 French Ultra Festival 26.2M, 100K, 100M, 6H, 1224H, 4872H; Le Luc-en-Provence(83), France
05/11 5 Peaks Trail Run - Golden Ears Province 5K, 15K; Maple Ridge, BC
05/11 5 Peaks Trail Run - Kingston 5K, 15K; Kingston, ON
05/11 5 Peaks Trail Run - Terwillegar Park 5K, 15K; Edmonton, AB
05/11 Manitoba Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Spruce Woods, MB
05/11 Royal Raid 15K, 35K, 80K; Cascavelle-Bel Ombre, Mauritius
05/11 TRANSVULCANIA  isla de La Palma 83K; Canary Islands, Spain
05/11 UltrAspire TerepSzazas 52K, 76K, 105K; Budapest, Hungary
05/11 Wascally Wabbit 50K, 50M; Tantallon, NS
05/12 Gutbuster Victoria  Victoria, BC
05/12 Trail de l'Amethyste 25M; Sauxillanges, France
05/18 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canada Olympic Park 5K, 15K; Calgary, AB
05/18 Buckin' Hell 7.5K, 15K; Parkgate Village, BC
05/18 Lost Worlds Series: Causeway Crossing 50K, R, 100K, R; Ireland, Ireland
05/25 Blackfoot Ultra 25K, 50K, 50M, 100K; Edmonton, AB
05/25 Madeira Island Ultra Trail 20K, 42K, 85K, 115K; Funchal, Portugal
05/25 Q50 Costa Rica 15K, 40K, 80K; Sarapiqu, Costa Rica
05/25 Sulphur Springs Trail Races 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Hamilton, ON; www.burlingtonrunners.com
05/26 Iron Knee/Tender Knee 10K, 25K; Deep Cove, BC
05/29 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 26.2M; Kathmandu, Nepal
06/01 Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu #1 30K; Cusco, Peru
06/01 Inca Trail Marathon To Machu Picchu #1 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
06/01 Isle of Wight Challenge 69M; Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
06/01 Vancouver 100 12.5K, 25K, 50K, 75K, 100K; North Vancouver, BC
06/01 XTRAIL Asics Sutton 1K, 5K, 10K, 21K; Sutton, QC
06/02 Gobi March 250K; Xinjiang Province, China
06/02 Mt. Macedon Trail Runs 50K, 30K, 10K; Macedon VIC, Australia
06/02 Mud Run Canada 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/02 MudRun Canada's Dirtiest Trail Run 1.5K, 5K, 10K; Toronto, ON
06/02 Northants Ultra 35 35M; Northampton, United Kingdom
06/02 Psiloritis Race 35K; Rethymnon, Greece
06/02 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series #2 5K, 10K, 13.1M Kelowna, BC

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