Trails Collective Weekly Rundown | February 5, 2021
Trails Collective Weekly Rundown
February 5, 2021
This week we’ll take you through what’s shaking in the Northeast Trail Running world. We bring you voices from the weekend’s races including CJ’s and Naked Nick. A mention of media including our gear review of the week, CULTRA, and the Pain Cave. A shout out to our TC Live interview this week with Nicole Yokum. Cue you into event registrations close to capping out. And breakdown the FKT’s of the week. Let’s dig in.
Wednesday I released a review of The North Face Flight VECTIV, the flagship model in the series. Like the VECTIV Infinite, it was a fun shoe to test. Is the North Face is finally toeing the line with a trail runner worthy of their standing in the outdoor space? Dig in with me.
TC Live Interview Series
This Thursday, February 4th Ian will be connecting with Nicole Yokum. We’ll dig into the important topics in life including:
- Seeing what she was doing arriving to the first climb at Frozen Snot ahead of him
- Asking why pursuing just one PhD at a time was too easy for her
- A vote for whether Vermont or Pennsylvania is the better State for trail running
In other Media
- CULTRA released Episode 113 last Friday, connecting with all around good guy and man-of-the-month, NJ’s Cole Crosby. I’ve not had a chance to listen yet, but it sounds like the crew had a great time.
- The Gunks Runner’s Pain Cave released Episode 78 Tuesday, Twenty Questions with Kaytlyn Gerbin, Transgrancanaria champ and new FKT holder on the Wonderland Trail.
CJ’s Resolution Run ran this past Saturday in Mifflingburg, PA. A mission of the event is to “resolve to overcoming the challenges of Autism”. This wasn’t one my radar, but saw a friend post, and checked in with his family. Becky Kosek and girls provide a window into the runs and weekend in the video episode this week.
UberEndurance Sport’s Naked Nick pushback went down in Leesport, PA. James Smith and Tiffany England walked away with the 25k wins over a 240 entrant field. For the 50k, Justin Scheid and Justyna Wilson took the wins over the 105 finisher field. I was able to check in with Tiffany England, as well as Stephen, who finished 9th in the 50k on the event. Tiffany and Stephen give us the event’s rundown in the video episode.
Saturday, February 6th
- Sassquad Trail Running’s Squatchy Onesie Fest 5k-Marathon, slated for this Saturday, February 6th, modifying to a wave start format to keep it under the 25 person NJ mitigation requirement. “You guys should put on an event where everyone has to wear a onesie.” “That sounds like an AMAZING idea.” “It should be in the dead of winter.” “Done.”
Saturday, February 13th
- The Valentines in the Pines Trail 4 Miler in Beachwood, NJ. A number of waves are already capped out, but a few slots remain.
- The Algonquin 50k with DUC bonus in Maryland
- Holiday Lake 50k++ 25k/50k in Appomatox, VA. As of filming only 2 spots remained for the 50k, 80 for the 25k.
Sunday, February 14th:
- Squirrely Tail Twail Wun ½ Marathon in Lewisberry, PA
The UltraSignUp Hot List
- Speaking of the Squatch, the Squatchy Onesie Fest “5k-Marathon” (celebrating the moment where your non-running friend asks how your “5k-Marathon” went) is 96% full.
- Valley Trail Series Winter Race #5, the 12 miler slated for February 21s in Alpine, NJ, is 95% full.
- Nipmuck South Trail Race’s 14.5 miler, a sweet CT classic slated for June 13th, is 98% full.
- English’s Ridge Rumble 10 Miler, April 17th in Fayetteville, NY crept up 6% on the charts this week to being 92% full
- Cayuga Trails 50k / 50m, one of my events, is creeping into the warning category, being 78% full.
- Runamuck 50k, running on April 4th in Brownsville, VT crept up another 13% and is 94% full. At that pace it’ll cap by this weekend.
- Six Hours at the Reservoir, slated for May 15th in Ansonia CT is 94% full.
- Ben Thompson, notching in impressive 1h 29m for the 12.6 km Franconia Ridge Loop, a beautiful loop in the White’s over Mt Lafayette, Mt Lincoln, and Little Haystack on the Franconia Ridge. This route’s had some fast times and a competitive history. Ben’s time shaves just under 3 minutes off Steven Lange’s mark from July.
- Aaron Carlisle, 2h 25m for the 13.5 mile Waywayanda State Park Loop, shaving 15 minutes from the men’s Unsupported mark.
- David Kilgore answering back in reclaiming a 50 km Manhattan Loop, this time lowering the men’s unsupported mark by just under 20 minutes to 3h 22m. For those keeping track, even if paved and pretty flat, that’s not a slow 50k.