2016 Running Recap: Jeff Davis

"Sometime after midnight in the Smoky Mountains, we sat down on a rock.  The purpose of our stop was to put on jackets, but in reality, we were reaching our breaking point.  “If the temperature requires a jacket, we must be above 5,000 feet”, I unconvincingly told myself.  A quick glance at the watch confirmed we were still under 4,000 feet with 2,500 left to the top of Mount LeConte..."

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RunWILD Spotlight: Sinith Suong

You all may know Sinith Suong by many names – Beast, Bad Ass, Legend, Calves of Steel. He races more in a month than most people do all year, and he crushes them! He’s known for his crazy race schedule, his back flip(s), and for being a little more on the reserved side in a world full of loud-mouths. After he raced Bourbon Chase AND our Defeated Creek Trail Half this weekend, we wanted to know more about Sinith, and thankfully, he’s agreed to “come out of the shadows for his fans.”

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Race Team Spotlight: Tonya Philippi

Tonya Philippi has been a staple in the Nashville running and racing community for quite some time. Before tearing up the scene in Nashville, she ran at the collegiate level for Nebraska Wesleyan. Now, she crushes it locally while also working as a massage therapist and raising her little boy, Oliver along with her husband, Nate. We chatted with Tonya to get the scoop on how her training and racing have gone this year. 

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Race Team Spotlight: Beth Meadows

Race Team Spotlight: Beth Meadows

If you've been around NRC during the past few years, you've probably run into race team member Beth Meadows. Whether it's catching her at 6 a.m. for RunWEST's group runs, joining her on Wednesdays at East Nasty, out on the trails with RunWILD, or just kicking back at the store--Beth is a vital member of the NRC family. This past month, Beth set out to race her first 100 miler back in her home state of Alabama. Read on to hear about Beth's journey on the trails!

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A Race For the Ages: Kent Holder

A Race For the Ages: Kent Holder

Over Labor Day Weekend, Manchester, Tennessee hosted it's first 100 mile race. And unlike most ultra-marathons - half of the runners were over 60 years old! That's because A Race For the Ages had a unique set-up. Unlike traditional ultra-marathons that have the same time cut-off time for participants, ARFTA formatted the cut-off to parallel the runner's age: each runner would get an hour to run for their age. 76 year old Washington native, Kent Holder, shared his story of how he got involved in ultra-racing and what drew him to this unique race. We hope that Kent's story inspires you to keep running and reminds you that you can achieve what you set out to do!

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Steven McNeal: Bryce 100

Steven McNeal: Bryce 100

Steven McNeal, NRC employee, raced his second ultra-marathon on June 5-6, 2015 at Bryce Canyon. Steven started running in ultra-marathons in 2012, and he completed his first hundred mile run, The Bear 100, in September 2014. He completed The Bear in 34 hours, 2 minutes. This time around at Bryce 100, he finished in 32 hours, 49 minutes, which was a new personal best. 117 people started Bryce 100 and 76 finished; Steven was finisher 61. To hear more about his experience and why he was drawn to this second ultra-marathon, read our interview here.

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If the Shoe Fits...

If the Shoe Fits...

Whether you're in the middle of training for an ultra-marathon, or you're just starting out on your running endeavor, it's important to be in a shoe that fits well. At first glance, a running specialty store may seem intimidating to someone who is just starting their running endeavor. But in order to avoid some aches and pains that sometimes accompany running, it’s important to be fitted in a shoe that will aide you in your training needs.

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