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How I Became a Full Time Race Director for Ironwood Adventure Works

My name is Will Robens. I am the founder of Ironwood Adventure Works, organizer of challenging adventure trail races in the Northeast. Our races to date include the Frost Town Trail Fest in the Finger lakes of NY, Black River Beatdown hosted by Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Smuggler’s Mountain Race, Trapp Mountain Marathon, 24 hours of the Northeast Kingdom at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, Paine Mountain Race in Northfield, and last but not least the Catamount Ultra hosted by Trapp Family Lodge.

Catamount Ultra was our first and flagship event, created in 2014. That year, I had some free time as a stay-at-home dad and trail running became more of a presence in my life and a healthy outlet for me. For most people, trail running is a pretty attainable sport; all you need is trails and a decent pair of shoes! I was surprised that there wasn’t already a long distance trail race going on in the immediate area. As a lifelong runner and in more recent years, an avid ultra-runner, Catamount Ultra was created out of personal desire to have a great trail ultra-race in my own backyard. For some reason, at the time it didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t actually get to run this super fun race!

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Comments | Posted in News Running By Will Robens

Get Up Offa That Thing!

Mar 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Get Up Offa that Thing!

1 month of consistent training, and look where your feet have taken you! It’s pretty incredible to think about how many miles you’ve traveled, and how much your body has adapted, grown and experienced in this short period of time.

I set out on my 10 mile long run this past Saturday feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness. It’s a big milestone, first double digit long run…goodbye single digits! As I had mentioned in my last post, this was the longest distance that I’d run before and let me tell you, it was night and day. With consistent training, proper nutrition and hydration, Clif blocks, and the right gear I shaved off 30 minutes from my time 2 years ago!

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running By Emily Hoffman

Meet Leif Kruse

Feb 22, 2019 3:39:00 PM

Meet Leif Kruse

Hometown: Not one home town, but lots of traveling.

Years of Experience: 18 years in the bike industry, most spent as a professional mechanic

Certifications and Awards: Multiple Shimano certifications, STU (Sram Technical University), BG fit certification

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, surfing, traveling, painting, linocut printmaking

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Leif Kruse

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Feb 18, 2019 3:58:26 PM

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Years of Experience: I have been skiing since I was 3 and snowboarding since age 8. I have 3 years experience in softgoods. At Skirack, I specialized in alpine softgoods, helmets & goggles, and running shoes.

Certifications and Awards: Masterfit Associates Plus, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Kayaking, surfing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, reading and practicing my Spanish and German.

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Meet Damian Roman

Feb 15, 2019 4:10:06 PM

Meet Damian Roman

Hometown: Lake George, NY

Years of Experience: 18 Years of Ski and Bike Tuning (& Sales)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gravel Grinding...being outdoors.

Favorite Gear: Specialized Swat Gear (because it's so practical!), Lang XT boot line up, Kona Honzo ST (because steel is real)

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Meet Quinn Lemler

Feb 11, 2019 4:22:16 PM

Meet Quinn Lemler

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Years of Experience: 10+ years mountain biking, 2 year mechanic experience.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing

Favorite Gear: Specialized Stumpjumper - because it can do anything I need it to and it silences critics.

Favorite local outdoor destination(s): Perry Hill in Waterbury because between the intense climbing and the technical features, I can feel my riding progress on every ride.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Quinn Lemler

Training for my first Marathon - When Daydreams Become a Reality

Most people wake up in the middle of the night because their mind is running a mile a minute. Two days after Christmas I woke up in the middle of the night because I realized that I wanted to run a mile every ten minutes, 26.2 times. At 12:06 am, on December 27th, I did what no one in my family ever thought I would do and signed up for the Vermont City Marathon.

Initially, I signed up because I simply wasn’t sure if I could run 26.2 miles. That’s a lot! I’m still not sure, but I’m curious about what my body can do. I’ve always loved spending the day crushing long distances on my bike, and once ran 10 miles on a whim, but in general the mental and physical challenges that come with long distance adventures excites me.

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Don't Slip! Wear Winter Traction!

Feb 6, 2019 11:21:37 AM

Don't Slip! Wear Winter Traction!

Different winter activities, including but not limited to, hiking, running, and even walking, require different equipment. Making sure you have the appropriate traction is an important step to staying safe outside in the winter.

It can be overwhelming with all the options out there - luckily, I’m here to guide you in the right direction!

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Meet Emily Hoffman

Jan 28, 2019 6:10:00 PM

Meet Emily Hoffman

Hometown: New York, NY

Years of Experience: I'm new to Skirack with 3 years of experience leading long distance cycling tours.

Certifications and Awards: Wilderness First Aid and CPR

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, farming, photography, painting, really anything that has to do with art and being outside.

Favorite Gear: My Specialized AWOL Elite, Patagonia baselayers, Darn Tough Socks.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Bicycling Running By Emily Hoffman

Cross Country Ski Binding Overview

Determining what cross country ski bindings you need can depend on your boot, ski / type of skiing, and terrain. Since there are many variables and options out there, it can be pretty overwhelming.

Fortunately, I'm here to give you an overview of the bindings available as well as how to select the correct one. If you have any questions, please let us know!

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