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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

Ben Lustgarten races in the 2019 Tour de Ski

Skirack cross country ski fit expert, Jake Hollenbach will be doing a series of short Q&A's with Skirack sponsored athlete Ben Lustgarten while he races the Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups. Enjoy Part 2!

QUESTION: What was your favorite town/race venue the Tour de Ski traveled through?
ANSWER: The first question is pretty hard! All of these towns are so cool and unique, with amazing views of mountains. There was not a ton of natural snow in some of the locations, mostly all on man made, small snow loops. Val Mustair in Switzerland was very cool. We stayed in a small town that had incredibly tiny streets and we drove through what looked like castles and ramparts to get there.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach

Q&A with Ben Lustgarten from The Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups

Skirack cross country ski fit expert, Jake Hollenbach will be doing a series of short Q&A's with Skirack sponsored athlete Ben Lustgarten while he races the Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups. Enjoy!

QUESTION: How many Olympic gold medalists did you eat Christmas dinner with?
ANSWER: I ate Christmas dinner with 2 Olympic gold medalists! Jessie Diggins and Connie Carpenter-Phinney.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach

Tickets On Sale Dec 14 For The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Tickets on sale now!

for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the UVM Davis Center. 

Tickets will be available through Seven Days ticketing online.

UVM Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom
590 Main St, Burlington VT

Three show dates are available:
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 PM

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Join Skirack at Craftsbury Outdoor Center's Cross Country Ski DemoJoin Skirack Nordic Fit Specialists for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center annual On Snow Expo.

Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9th: 9 AM - 4 PM

Craftsbury Outdoor Center

535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 

We will have FREE Skate and Waxless / Skin Classic Ski demos from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, & more!
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Comments | Posted in News Events Cross Country Skiing By Skirack

Brooks Run Signature at Skirack | Saturday, November 17


Join Brooks at Skirack on November 17 from 10am - 3pm for a FREE Run Signature, Brooks' radical new approach to gait analysis.

Run Signature celebrates your individual running style. Discover how your body moves and choose an experience you love so every run feels just the way you like.

And while you are at Skirack, check out the NEW Adrenaline GTS 19 from Brooks!

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Small Town Mountains Opening Up for Bike Lift Access!

Only a few years ago, the idea that a small dual chair mountain would invest in lift access biking would seem foolish. Coupled with immense overhead, steep competition from larger resorts and what was still a very niche sport, the return on investment just wasn’t clear – and the risk for locally owned hills was potentially fatal.

But things have changed. With the explosive growth of Mountain Biking across the Green Mountain State and broader New England, small town mountains are seeing a more solid path to profitably supporting the logistics and overhead associated with digging and staffing trails.

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Comments | Posted in News Bicycling By Skirack

Top 10 Products for Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)

Spartan Races, Tough Mudders and other adventure races fall into Obstacle Course Races or OCR. Races tend to be between 3-5 miles for the Sprints, 8-10 miles for the Supers & 13+ for Beasts & Ultra Beasts. You can do anywhere between 20-50 obstacles in a single race. Obstacles include 20’ rope climbs, monkey bars, jumping over walls 3-8’ tall, carrying sandbags, Atlas Stones or Wreck Bags up and down mountains. 

Competing in OCR requires endurance, power, strength, agility and speed. During a race, you will crawl, carry, climb, jump, hang, lift, pull, push, squat and run. OCR is basically Ninja Warrior but up a mountain with 3-13 miles of running.

The right gear matters quite a bit for training and competing in OCR; without a question, the most important piece of gear you’ll purchase for OCR is shoes. We have compiled a list of what we recommend for shoes and gear that can aid you in your race. Items are available at Skirack, but subject to availability.

Interested in starting or improving Obstacle Course Racing? Check out our OCR classes at The EDGE (information is below).

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Comments | Posted in News Product Features and Reviews Expert Tips By by Caleb Vallencourt & Jamie Sheahan

On Friday, August 10th, NENSA and SKIRACK partnered for an incredible NASTAR style 100m Rollerski Sprint Challenge event! The event was held at Leddy Park in Burlington, Vermont and open to the public.

Participants were able to test their speed against Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m cross country ski sprint world champion from Norway on a pair of Swenor rollerskis.

After the Rollerski Callenge, an autograph session was held at Skirack and an after party at Skinny Pancake.

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Rollerski Sprint Challenge with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen on August 10th

Join NENSA and SKIRACK for a NASTAR style Rollerski Sprint with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m ski sprint world champion.

Test your speed against Luddeyo on a pair of Swenor rollerskis just like Ludvig Søgnen Jensen uses!

Rollerski Sprint Challenge at Leddy Park: 3 PM - 5 PM
Skiers must bring boots, poles and helmet.
Registration and signed waiver also required.

Autograph Session at Skirack: 5:30-6:30pm

Live Music & Food at Skinny Pancake: 7pm

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