Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pod Trod & More Media

The Trail Nerds have been busy!

Last weekend, we hosted the first-ever Pod Trod MP3-Mile Challenge. Gary Henry was the official Race Director.

This race had three different courses, but started and finished at the same place and time.
All courses were approximately 3.1 miles in distance.
Participants did not know the courses in advance.
They downloaded one of the course's instructions in MP3 format (from our web site) the night before or the morning of the race. It was their choice which course they picked, and it was the "luck of the draw" as to which course was more difficult.
All entrants wore IPods (or other brand MP3 players) and followed the instructions given, to complete their selected course. (Runners had to provide their own IPods or MP3 players). They were required to pick-up "Trail Tokens" along the way to prove they completed the correct course.
If someone was "IPod Challenged" and couldn't figure-out how to download the attached files, they could run with someone who had an IPod, but were supposed to be wearing a shirt that had the words "I'm with Stupid" written on it.

This race had some fun categories and awards for:

Trail Savant: 1st place M/F for each different course
Special Idiot
Blind as a Cave-dwelling Fish
Instuctionally Hearing-impaired
Rock-banging Neo-Luddite
Lost beyond all Possible Reason

We've also had some really good press...besides a newspaper article, podcasts, and a one-hour radio show, we had a 5-page article from an "embedded reporter" who ran with us.

We also had a lot of fun at the Mud and Muck run.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Trail Nerds Media Coverage

The Trail Nerds have had some media coverage, of late. Here are some of the various articles, podcasts, etc:

Newspaper Article - Running Dirty

Video - Race for the Cure

Endurance Planet - Bad Ben's Chronicles: The Nipple Report
There's nothing that rubs endurance athletes more wrong than raw nipples. Today on Endurance Planet, a Bad Ben's Chronicles edition, we hear from the head trail nerd about how athletes can avoid chafing on those long training runs and races.

Endurance Planet - Bad Ben's Chronicles: Leadville Trail 100 Race Report
Podcast version of a race report from Tony "Semper Fast" Clark. Tony recently completed an especially difficult version of the annual Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run, and some Trail Nerds were there to help out.
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Kyle Amos & Ben Holmes on the Walt Bodine Show:
July 2, 2008. Kyle and Ben answer questions and wax prolific about trail and ultra running on this popular local radio show.
This show takes a look at a different kind of distance running as a growing number of people are moving off the pavement and onto the trails. Meet two runners who embrace trail running over distances up to 100 miles. Hear why they prefer this particular form and what makes them run these "ultra" distances. 1-hour long.
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