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Elm Creek Backyard Ultra photos

A week ago I had the opportunity to photograph the first ever Elm Creek Backyard Ultra. This is a last man standing style event, which means that participants have 1 hour to traverse a 4.167 mile looped course. They can then rest until the top of the next hour when they do it all over […]

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Changes at UMTR for me

Five years ago I joined the Board of Directors for Upper Midwest Trail Runners. I was in love with the sport and its community, and I wanted to be a part of shaping its future. From the outset I volunteered for positions of leadership, taking on the role of Vice President in my first year […]

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Review: PATH projects Killam PX pant

I’ve been tremendously excited about the introduction of a PATH projects pant for a long time. As one of their ambassadors I’ve been privy to the ongoing development, and now, it’s finally here in the Killam PX pant. Did it live up to all of my expectations? Not that I’ve got a handful of runs […]

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Race Report: Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon

It feels weird to present another race report, given how all races last year were virtual. However, that’s where I find myself after last weekend’s outing at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon. I’ve volunteered at this event in the past, but had never run the course (or Voyageur 50). I decided that 2021 was as […]

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Photographing the Afton Trail Run

July 4th weekend is the traditional weekend of the Afton Trail Run at Afton State Park just outside the Twin Cities. This long standing event is a hallmark of summer in the trail running world around the area, and is known for its ability to test runners with stretches of rugged terrain and climbing that […]

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Book Review: Stronger Than the Dark

The trail and ultra running world is often a place where you find people who are broken. There’s a paradox to be found in exploring the limits of your mental and physical capabilities, while at the same time battling demons that may have plagued you for your entire life. I joke with people that the […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Virtual Race Report: Badger 50K

Due to the pandemic, almost no trail races have been happening. One of the ones that I was particularly disappointed about was the Badger Trail Races in Wisconsin. Last year this race was my first time completing a 100K distance. It was also a perfect testing ground for what I needed to learn before my […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Back to running

It’s been a couple months since I was able to really run, thanks to a broken toe. I finally passed the 6 week point and decided it was time to get back at it. I had tried to do some hiking at Afton a couple weeks ago, but the rough terrain was just too much […]

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A decade of running

January of 2010 was the start. It’s hard to believe that it was so long ago, but the end of 2019 also marks the end of my first 10 years of running. I could never have imagined when I started this journey how consuming it would become, and how much of my identity would be […]

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