There is, as always, a lot going on in the outdoor world! Thankfully many of us are out there doing it! Just maybe not as often as we would prefer?
Kudos to Zappos, an online shopping site. I ordered a pair of Montrail Mountain Masochists and they arrived the next day - 12 hours later!!! Wow, talk about customer service. Although I tried to size them based off of my Montrail Hardrocks they were too large and were back in the mail today.
Mountain and trail running are different sports. Here is a great post from TrailRunningSoul about the Skyrunner World Series that was held on 24 May, 2009. A young Briton, named appropriately Ricky Lightfoot!, won the second race in the series which was held in Spain's Basque Country.
A little closer to home for most of us is the Team Inov-8 USATF Mountain Circuit. This six race series is held thoughout New England on some excellent and varied mountain courses. Another race series where I wish I just had the time! You can find more information on the series at the Team Invo-8 blog.
Giving back to the community is a great way to support trail running and the American Trail Running Association has done just that. The Teva US Mountain Running Team Blog reports they have partnered with Outdoor Recreation Insurance to provide mountain/trail runners with much needed insurance coverage which may plug gaps in existing coverages. This could definitely help out with unexpected costs of a rescue! If you are not an ATRA member you cannot get this insurance so this is a great incentive to join now.
Hope you are all following the Giro d'Italia. If you are not but want to go here for the latest coverage. Carlos Sestre stormed to a win at Stage 16 but Denis Menchov remains the overall leader in the Maglia Rosa. Levi Leipheimer, the best positioned American to make a podium bid, fell from third to sixth in the General Classification. Lance Armstrong continues to improve and may be in very good shape indeed for the start of the Tour de France in July.
Final Note: I am considering a one-person tent any suggestions?
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