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Yamacraw 50K Race Report Preview

Swag

Yamacraw Finisher’s Medal

In the heart of the Kentucky’s Big South Fork Recreational Area lies a trail race named Yamacraw 50K.  2017 was the 3rd year running and my first attempt at an ultra marathon.   33 miles through some of the most beautiful terrain central Kentucky has to offer.

Read the recap and my journey to ultra marathoner here.

Trap Pond Marathon Race Report

Trap Pond Marathon

Trap Pond Marathon Finisher Medal

The Trap Pond Half Marathon, Marathon and 50k in Laurel, Delaware is an old school trail race.  No big sponsor arches, or even awards for the top finishers, max of 100 runners total, a cool medal and the chance to run laps around the namesake Trap Pond at the Trap Pond State Park.  I am in the process of running 50 marathon in 50 states before I turn 50, and I had to be in DC for work, and this race was the weekend before I needed to be in the Nation’s Capital.  Read my full report here.

Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Race – 2017 Report

 

Mississippi 50 Trail Run

Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run Photo from race website

The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run was this past weekend, March 4th 2017.  The race itself has three distances – 20k, 50k, and 50 miles.  I have not ran an ultra since I moved to New Orleans, and I figured it was time to break that streak.  I ran the 50k distance and finished in 6:08:31 and 31/95 runners at this distance.  Read on for my thoughts on this cool race and finally getting into the southern running community.

Tuxachanie Trail De Soto National Forest Mississippi

Tuxachanie Trail

POW Lake

I recently moved to New Orleans from Alaska and I have taken to exploring the outdoor offerings found in the South Eastern United States.  For the Columbus Weekend Holiday in October of 2016 I decided to explore the Tuxachanie Trail in the De Soto National Forest with my daughter.  The Tuxachanie Trail runs from highway 49 to P.O.W. Lake for a total distance of 12 miles one way.  For my trip, we camped at Airey Lake about 5 miles down the trail from Highway 49 on the first night and backpacked 7 miles or so to P.O.W. Lake for an overnight before retracing our steps to Airey Lake.  Read my full review on the trail here.

2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show update 2

FA Design Hard Shell

FA Design Hard Shell

Check out my final thoughts from the 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show.  Lots of great gear from GSI Outdoors, SOL, Adventure Medical Kits, High Sierra, FA design and Serius.

Winter 2017 Outdoor Retailer Day 2 update

New Primaloft Insulation

New Primaloft Insulation

Day 2 at the 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show was another busy one.  I highlight some of the trends and products I saw at the show.  Check out part one of my update.