Author Archive | Ryan Smith

Hell Week

Hell Week is an entirely arbitrary and pointless quest held annually in the Boulder foothills to test ones grit against the 5 classic mountain climbs around the city. This being the second edition of the challenge, there was, as expected, a certain escalation to the antics. By the numbers, there appeared to be a good amount […]

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Western States 100

Getting there They say in running that the hardest part is getting to the starting line. I am pretty good at making that as hard as possible. Earlier in the spring I had my usual road marathon lined up which I generally like to do because it gives me some structure and focus over the winter […]

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Sean O’Brien 100K

After a second and somewhat predictable failure in the Western States lottery I was having a hard time getting motivated with 2015. I really wanted to do some more 100’s this year following my two flukes at the distance in 2014. For some reason none of the US races were really getting me excited so […]

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Boulder Bad Ass 100

Two things I like : 1. Maps 2. Stupidity As such, The Boulder Bad Ass 100 was designed with two simple goals in mind. 1. Cover as many classic running areas around Boulder as possible 2. Impart as much suffering as possible The Boulder Bad Ass 100 had been jokingly proposed several months prior as a […]

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Thunder Rock 100M

There is something amazing about lining up at the start line and facing the unknown. It’s an especially rewarding feeling that after more than 25 years of being in this sport, there are still things left to attempt. Things that scare you. Things that could defeat you. Things to reward you. The Motivation : Mild curiosity, […]

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