Author Archive | Ben Barthel

Return to the Salzkammergut

“Austria? Cool! How did you find that race?” This was almost always the first question that I was asked when I answered the question: “What are your race plans this year?” Short Version. I love the Austrian Alps and found this race on Google. I knew the area well, having spent lots of time hiking […]

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A Day in the Never Summer Mountains

Never Summer 100K July 25, 2015 At one point in my running past, I thought that I would max out, distance-wise, at 10K. Then, it became a half-marathon. Then, I was waiting for a bus with Alberto Rossi. “Would you be interested in running a 50 mile race in Steamboat?” Alberto asked. Several months after […]

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Superior Trail 50 – September 6, 2014

“What race?  Where?”  These questions invariably popped up whenever I answered the question: “What race do you have coming up next?”  This question is as common as tired legs among the people with whom I regularly keep company.  It comes up at least once a week and, on larger group runs, is often asked several […]

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San Juan Solstice 50

  The mountains are big here! Driving south along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, treeless, rocky peaks loomed large. They towered over the town of Lake City, a small mountain hamlet of about 350 people that plays host to what is widely recognized as the hardest and most beautiful 50 mile race in […]

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