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 FRESH DIRT

Running, Like Beer, Is Meant to Be Shared
By Joe Granat

There’s something about running on a trail, whether in the woods, mountains or desert, that can’t be compared to the road. Maybe it’s the monotonous “out and back” on flat pavement that doesn’t do it for me. Or, living in an urban city, maybe it’s the smell of gasoline fumes from the cars driving by on the street. Neither of those exist when I’m on trail. Actually, as far as I’m concerned, nothing exists but myself and nature when I’m on trail.

I was recently asked, “Is trail running becoming too commercialized?” I thought about it for a second … the sponsors, the “mud races,” the abundance of trail running gear in stores nowadays. With all that in mind, my answer was still, “No.”

Actually, it was more like “Hell no!”

Read on ...




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Pacific/Desert    
04/26 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA; www.capitolpeakultras.com
04/27 Spokane River Run 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA; www.spokaneriverrun.com
05/18 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA; www.ohlone50k.com
05/24 Mount Wilson Trail Race 8.6M; Sierra Madre, CA; www.mountwilsontrailrace.com
06/22 Burton Creek Trail Run 6K, 12K, 13.1M, 50K; Tahoe City, CA; www.tahoetrailrunning.com
07/12 Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock To Pier Run 6M, 13.1M; Morro Bay, CA; www.leaguelineup.com/rock2pier
07/19 Harding Hustle 15K, 30K, 50K; Modjeska Canyon, CA; http://trailrunning.dirtyfeet.us/hardinghustleindex.html
08/09 Cool Moon 100 13.1M, 6H, 12H, 100M; Cool, CA; http://elementalrunning.com/races
08/09 Genoa Peak Completely Mad-a-thon &Only Half Mad-a-thon 13.1M, 26.6M; Genoa, NV; www.ascentruns.com
08/09 Haulin' Aspen Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M; Bend, OR; www.haulinaspen.com
08/31 Toro Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Salinas, CA; www.insidetrail.com
09/13 Paatuwaqatsi - Water Is Life 50K; Polacca, AZ; www.waterisliferun.org
09/14 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA; www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com
09/27 Mogollon Monster 100 106M; Pine, AZ; www.mogollonmonster100.com

Rockies
05/03 Amasa 6.5M, 9.5M, 15.5M; Moab, UT; www.grassrootsevents.net
05/03 Collegiate Peaks 25M, 50M; Buena Vista, CO; www.CollegiatePeaksTrailRun.org
05/17 Sage Burner 50k/25k 25K, 50K; Gunnison, CO; http://sageburnertrailrun.com/
05/18 Crazy Legs 10K 10K; Loveland, CO; www.paulstofko.com
05/24 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Los Alamos, NM; www.highaltitudeathletics.org
05/25 Medicine Bow Half Marathon 13.1M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/25 Rocky 50k 50K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/25 Vedauwoo Trail Race 5K; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/25 Wyoming Marathon 26.2M; Laramie, WY; www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
06/07 XTERRA Turkey Track Trail 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/xterraturkeytrack
06/20 Bighorn Trail 100 100M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com
06/21 Bighorn Mountain Wild And Scenic Trail Run 30K, 50K, 50M; Dayton, WY; www.bighorntrailrun.com
06/21 Park City Trail Series 5K 5K; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
07/06 Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K; Colorado Springs, CO; www.summerroundup.com
07/12 Chase the Moon 12H; Highlands Ranch, CO; http://chasethemoonrace.com
07/12 Park City Trail Series 10K 10K; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
07/12 Spring Creek Memorial 9 Miler 5K, 9M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
07/12 Vigor Utah - Solitude Mountain Resort #2 3M, 5M, 8M; Solitude, UT; www.vigorutah.com
07/12 Wild Iris Mountain Run 5K, 10K, 21K; Lander, WY; www.lmntl.net
07/19 Classic 10K Race 10K; Colorado Springs, CO; www.csgrandprix.com
07/19 Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run 3.5M, 10M; Sandpoint, ID; www.smtrailrun.com
07/26 Mt Werner Classic Trail Run 50K; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
08/02 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs 23K, 50K, 50M; Montana City, MT; www.vigilanterunning.org
08/02 Taos Ski Valley 10K Up And Over Trail Run 10K; Taos Ski Valley, NM; www.taosskivalley.com
08/09 Park City Trail Series 15K 15K; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
08/16 Grand Traverse Mountain Run 40M; Crested Butte, CO; www.gtmountainrun.com
08/16 Vigor Utah - Solitude Mountain Resort #3 3M, 5M, 8M; Solitude, UT; www.vigorutah.com
08/17 Steamboat Stinger 13.1M, 26.2M; Steamboat Springs, CO; http://www.honeystinger.com/steamboatstinger.html
08/23 Continental Divide Trail Run 15M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
08/23 Devil Mountain Ultra & Demons of Dust 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/devilmountain
09/14 Lead King Loop Charity Races 2.5K, 12.5K, 25K; Marble, CO; www.leadkingloop25k.com
09/20 Park City Trail Series 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
09/27 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Lakewood, CO; www.bearchaserace.com
09/27 Mountain Chile Cha Cha 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/mountainchilechacha

Heartland
05/10 Rock-On! Lake Perry 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Meriden, KS; www.psychowyco.com/lakeperrytrailruns.com
06/01 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com
06/07 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; www.kettle100.com
06/14 Conserve School Trail Run 5K, 20K; Land O’Lakes, WI; www.greatlakesendurance.com
06/14 Indian/Celina Challenge 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Leopold, IN; www.runperrycounty.com
06/20 Rock The Night Away Trail Run 13.1M, 10K, 5K; Kansas City, KS; www.trailnerds.org
06/21 Mohican Trail 100 Mile 26.2M, 50M, 100M; Loudonville, OH; www.mohican.net
06/28 Black Hills 100 50M, 100K, 100M; Sturgis, SD; www.blackhills100.com
07/05 DINO Challenge 10k Trail Run - Muscatatuck County 10K; North Vernon, IN; www.DINOseries.com
07/12 Dances With Dirt Devil's Lake 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Marrimac, WI; www.danceswithdirt.com
07/12 Flirt With The Dirt Trail Race 5K; Findlay, OH; www.bvhealthsystem.org
07/12 Psycho Psummer Run Toto Run 10M, 20M, 50K; Kansas City, KS; www.psychowyco.com
07/12 Waugoshance Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Cross Village, MI; www.greatlakesendurance.com
08/02 The Legend 5M, 10M, 13.1M; Laingsburg, MI; www.runlegend.com
08/23 Lean Horse Ultra 50K, 50M, 100M; Custer, SD; www.Leanhorse100.com
09/05 Run Woodstock 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M, 100K, 100M; Pinckney, MI; www.runwoodstock.com
09/06 North Shore Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Lawrence, KS; www.trailnerds.org
09/12 Rock Cut HOBO Coyote Howl Nite 10K 10K; Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL; www.RockCutTrailRuns.org
09/13 Mark Twain 100 50M, 100M; Steelville, MO; www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net
09/13 Rock Cut HOBO Trail Race 25K 25K; Rockford, IL; www.RockCutTrailRuns.org
09/14 Evergreen Lake Ultras 17M, 34M, 51M; Hudson, IL; www.shtrs.org
09/14 Rock Cut HOBO Trail Race 50K 50K; Rockford, IL; www.RockCutTrailRuns.org
09/27 Birkie Trail Run and Trek 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI; www.birkie.com

Northeast
04/26 Hyner View Trail Challenge 25K, 50K; Hyner, PA; www.hikerun.com
04/27 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 25K, 50K; Gardners, PA; www.ironmasterschallenge.com
05/10 Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K; State College, PA; www.tusseymountainback.com
05/10 Long Island Greenbelt 25K, 50K; Plainview, NY; www.glirc.org
05/17 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV; www.wvmtr.org
05/17 Trail 2 Trail Series: Kettletown State Park 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K; Southbury, CT; www.facebook.com/trail2trailseries
05/24 Memorial Day Trail Race 15K; Berkshires, MA; www.memorialdaymarathon.com
05/24 Pocono XTERRA Hickory Trail Run 11K, 17K; White Haven, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com
05/24 Sehgahunda Trail Marathon 26.3M; Rochester, NY; www.sehgahundatrailmarathon.com
06/01 Cayuga Trails 50 50M; Ithaca, NY; www.CayugaTrails50.com
06/07 Rothrock Trail Challenge 30K; State College, PA; www.rothrockchallenge.com
06/08 Trail 2 Trail Series: Huntington State Park 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CT; www.trail2trailseries.com
06/14 Highlands Sky Trail Run 40M; Davis, WV; www.wvmtr.org
06/14 Tanglewood Tanglefoot Trail Runs 10K, 20K; Elmira, NY; www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com
06/21 Pocono XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run 10K, 21K; Mocanaqua, PA; www.wilkesbarreracing.com
06/22 Eastern Divide Ultra 50K; Pembroke, VA; www.easterndivideultra.com
07/12 Hills & Thrills Trail Challenge 5K, 10K, 30K; Freeport, PA; www.runrace.net
07/13 Chobot Challenge Trail Run 8M; Birdsboro, PA; www.pretzelcitysports.com
07/26 Allegheny Front Trail Run 20K, 50K; Philipsburg, PA; www.nvrun.com
08/02 MD HEAT Race 25K; Baltimore, MD; www.mdheatrace.com
08/16 Eastern States 100 26.2M, 100M; Waterville, PA; http://easternstates100.com
08/16 River Valley Run 10K; Manchester, MD; www.rivervalleyranch.com/rivervalleyrun
08/23 Dam Scramble Trail Event 10M, 20M; Curnwensville, PA; www.clfdccd.com
09/06 Odyssey Trail Running Rampage 3M, 13M, 26M, 40M; Milboro, VA; www.oarevents.com
09/13 Rock 'N The Knob: PA's Highest Trail Race 5M, 20M; Claysburg, PA; www.alleghenytrailrunners.com
09/14 Dam Half & Dam Full 13.1M, 26.2M; Mifflingburg, PA; www.midpenntrailblazers.com
09/20 Hancock Shaker Village 50 50M; Pittsfield, MA; www.hancockshakervillage.org
09/20 Virgil Crest Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Virgil, NY; www.VirgilCrestUltras.com

South
04/26 Ouachita Trail 50 50K, 50M; Little Rock, AR; www.RunArkansas.com
04/26 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com
05/03 Run For Kids Challenge 10K, 50K, 12H; Birmingham, AL; www.runforkidschallenge.com
05/03 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50M; Cordesville, SC; https://2014wambawswampstomp.eventbrite.com
05/16 Thunder Rock 100 100M; Chattanooga, TN; http://www.rockcreek.com/thunder-rock.rco
05/24 Memorial Day Trail Race 6M, 12M; Birmingham, AL; www.southeasterntrailruns.com
05/31 Forge Trail Series - Hell's Hills 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Ruston, LA; www.forgeracing.net
06/14 Hell Hole Hundred 100M; Goose Creek, SC; https://hellholehundred.eventbrite.com
07/15 Wolf Run 7M; Kingsport, TN; www.RunTriCities.org
08/09 Still Hollow Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com/greenway/
08/23 Springmaid Splash Trail Races 5K, 10K; Spruce Pine, NC; www.mitchellraces.com
09/13 Bays Mountain Trail Race 15M; Kingsport, TN; www.RunTriCities.org
09/27 Phipps Bend River Run 11M; Surgoinsville, TN; www.RunTriCities.org

International
05/04 The North Face Dirty Feet Kal Park 50 8K, 25K, 50K; Vernon, BC; www.dirtyfeet.ca
07/05 Creemore Vertical Challenge 25K, 50K; Creemore, ON; www.ouser.org
07/05 Sinister 7 Ultra 100M; BlairmoreCrowsnest Pass, AB; www.sinister7.com
07/05 TrailCross London 1.4K; London, ON; www.trailcross.ca
07/12 The Limberlost Challenge 14K, 28K, 42K, 56K; Huntsville, ON; www.thelimberlostchallenge.com
08/08 Dirty Girls Run 12H, 24H, 48H; Mansfield, ON; http://dirtyrunnerproductions.com
08/15 Fat Dog 120 20M, 30M, 50M, 70M, 120M, 120R; Keremeos, BC; www.mountainmadness.ca
08/16 Squamish50 23K, 50K, 50M; Squamish, BC; www.Squamish50.com
08/17 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Run #3.5 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Revelstoke, BC; www.dirtyfeet.ca
09/06 Haliburton Forest 12K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Haliburton, ON; www.ouser.org
09/06 The North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Ultra and Relay 50K; Sun Peaks Resort, BC; www.dirtyfeet.ca
09/20 Canadian Rockies Heli Run 13K; Cline River, AB; www.transrockies.com
09/20 Run Off The Grid 12K, 25K, 37K, 50K; Mattawa, ON; www.naturesharmony.ca/run-off-the-grid/overview
09/21 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Run #4 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kamloops, BC; www.dirtyfeet.ca

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