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Action Camera | VIRB | Garmin

Action Camera | VIRB | Garmin | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
VIRB is a true HD 1080p action camera that combines uncompromising durability, enhanced HD video recording and easy-to-use features.
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IMAGES from the Skyrunning World Championships 2016

IMAGES from the Skyrunning World Championships 2016 | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
VERTICAL KILOMETER For the short and steep specialists, the BUFF® EPIC TRAIL VK is 2.8 km long with 1,030m positive climb. The average incline is 30.7% and reaches a mean 50.4% at the steepest point. It is capped at 250. SKY The rugged BUFF® EPIC TRAIL 42KM is a point-to-point race with 3,200m positive vertical climb. Again, a highly challenging extremely technical race with a nine-hour time limit…
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Skyrunning World Championships 2016 SKY – Images and Summary

Skyrunning World Championships 2016 SKY – Images and Summary | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
The Vall de Boí in the Spanish Pyrenees today provided a modern day coliseum where Skyrunning gladiators battled at the BUFF® Epic Trail Aigüestortes SKY event, the 2nd race in the 2016 Skyrunning World Series. The rugged BUFF® EPIC TRAIL 42KM is a point-to-point race with 3,200m positive climb in a spectacular natural arena surrounded by 3,000m peaks and 200…
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Episode 115 – Jason Schlarb, Speedgoat Karl, Elisabet Barnes

Episode 115 – Jason Schlarb, Speedgoat Karl, Elisabet Barnes | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
This is Episode 115 of Talk Ultra and we have an interview with Hardrock 100 winner, Jason Schlarb. We also speak with Elisabet Barnes about her Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun and Big Red Run double. Speedboat Karl is with us on the countdown to the AT and of course we have the news from around the world.…
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SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 PREVIEW

SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 PREVIEW | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
  Every two years the Skyrunning world assembles at an iconic venue and racing commences in VK, SKY and ULTRA distances to announce a male and female champion in the respective distances. Two years ago, the endurance capital of the world Chamonix, hosted the championships and this year it is Spain. The Vall de Boí…
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BREAKING NEWS – Disqualification of a runner from the 2015 UTMB®

BREAKING NEWS – Disqualification of a runner from the 2015 UTMB® | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Disqualification of a runner from the 2015 UTMB® The UTMB® organisation has today seen the list of recent infringements concerning the rules of anti- doping published by the IAAF and the penalties applied to the offenders. Gonzalo Calisto (Ecuador) is included in the list of athletes who are suspended, following a positive result of an…
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Kids of the future – Mini Dolomites SkyRace 2016

Kids of the future – Mini Dolomites SkyRace 2016 | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
The fourth edition of the Mini Dolomites SkyRace took place today in Marconi Square, Canazei. It was a stunning day, blue skies, fluffy clouds and families of all ages participated in an inspiring few hours. It's here that Skyrunner's of the future are created and it's just so great to see. I wish this could become…
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Dolomites SkyRace 2016 Race Preview – Skyrunner® World Series

Dolomites SkyRace 2016 Race Preview – Skyrunner® World Series | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
It’s a classic, no doubt about it and as such the Dolomites SkyRace personifies the ethos of the pure and simple act of starting low racing high and returning as quickly as possible - Skyrunning! The race is 22km long with 10km uphill and 12km downhill. Depending on the weather, the route may or may…
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Face de Bellevarde VK 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

Face de Bellevarde VK 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Christel Dewalle and Xavier Gachet set the trails of the Face de Bellevarde VK on fire yesterday as they not only went in pursuit of victory but the opportunity to win the use of a BMW car for 1-year - a special prize offered by the race! Dewalle needed to beat Laura Orgue's 40:52 and Gachet 34:51…
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Episode 114 of Talk Ultra – Kaci Lickteig, Jim Walmsley and Joanna Williams

Episode 114 of Talk Ultra – Kaci Lickteig, Jim Walmsley and Joanna Williams | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
This is Episode 114 of Talk Ultra and we have two interviews from Western States - Ladies champion Kaci Lickteig and the incredible Jim Walmsley who looked to break all WSER records only to go off course at 92 miles. We also speak with Joanna Williams, the outright winner from South Africa’s Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun.…
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Picture of the Day (Big Red Run) – The Guardian

Picture of the Day (Big Red Run) – The Guardian | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Always a pleasure to have a picture in THE GUARDIAN. Here is a photo of Elisabet Barnes taken on the 84km long stage of the Big Red Run, Australia. See the post HERE View the image HERE Have to give a huge thanks to Greg Donovan and the Big Red Run team for the opportunity…
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Big Red Run 2016 – The Interviews, Part Two (The Winners)

Big Red Run 2016 – The Interviews, Part Two (The Winners) | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Niandi Carmont catches with Elisabet Barnes and Jamie Hildage on the finish line of the 2016 Big Red Run. Swedish multi-stage expert Elisabet BARNES claims victory at this year’s edition of the Big Red Run, 1st overall and first female. Brit living locally Jamie HILDAGE  finishes second overall and first male. Elisabet: I did the…
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Big Red Run 2016 – Stage 4 ‘Sprigg Sprint’ 31km (revised route)

Big Red Run 2016 – Stage 4 ‘Sprigg Sprint’ 31km (revised route) | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Day 3 of the Big Red Run unfortunately had no racing due to freak weather conditions during night 1 and throughout the day on race day 2. It left the Simpson Desert a mud bath of sticky clay. However, the runners embraced the day and used it for personal admin a real sense of group…
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ITRA release statement on #EPO positive for Gonzalo Calisto

ITRA release statement on #EPO positive for Gonzalo Calisto | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
This morning I posted the long awaited statement from Gonzalo Calisto after testing positive for EPO at the 2015 UTMB. If you are new to the story, please read the posts below. Post 1 UTMB faces positive EPO test HERE Post 2 Michel Poletti HERE Post 3 IAAF HERE Post 4 Update IAAF and Catherine Poletti HERE Post 5 Gonzalo…
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Skyrunning World Championships 2016 ULTRA – Images and Summary

Skyrunning World Championships 2016 ULTRA – Images and Summary | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Luis Alberto Hernando and Caroline Chaverot were crowned 2016 Skyrunning World Champions for the ULTRA distance at the BUFF® Epic Trail Aigüestortes. The BUFF® EPIC TRAIL 105KM, with a grueling 8,000m elevation gain and a maximum gradient of 56%, is as tough as they come. Strict qualification standards were enforced for participants and the field was capped at 250. It may come…
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Skyrunning World Championships 2016 VK – Images and Summary

Skyrunning World Championships 2016 VK – Images and Summary | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Every two years the Skyrunning world assembles at an iconic venue and racing commences in VK, SKY and ULTRA distances to announce a male and female champion in the respective distances for the Skyrunning World Championships. Two years ago, the endurance capital of the world Chamonix, hosted the championships and this year it is Spain.…
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NEWS UPDATE – IAAF response and UTMB® response re EPO

NEWS UPDATE – IAAF response and UTMB® response re EPO | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Many questions have been asked about my initial post (HERE) re the positive EPO case with Gonzalo Calisto at the 2015 UTMB®. Gladly, UTMB® responded very quickly and issued a disqualification and removal of Gonzalo Calisto from the 2015 UTMB® ranking. It is clearly explained in the press release HERE Last night I posted a response from Michel…
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IAAF response re EPO positive test at UTMB®

IAAF response re EPO positive test at UTMB® | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
It has been a whirlwind 36 hours and I would like to make one thing clear, I have grabbed this positive EPO test at UTMB® by the horns not because I wish to humiliate the guilty runner, cast doubts on UTMB® or UTWT but because this is the first official EPO test of a runner in a trail…
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UTMB and UTWT face first positive drug test of EPO abuse

UTMB and UTWT face first positive drug test of EPO abuse | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Twitter cam alight on the evening of Monday 18th July when British ultra runner Robbie Britton broke the news that Ecuador athlete, Gonzalo Calisto had tested positive for EPO. You can see a screenshot of the IAAF website HERE The test was taken on the 29th August 2015 - the day that Calisto placed 5th…
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Dolomites VK 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

Dolomites VK 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Kicking off  a weekend of racing, the Dolomites Vertical Kiolmeter® started today, Friday 15th,  in waves of 20 runners. The juniors started at 0930 in Cisates, just a short walk from the centre of Canazei. It was a clear day but the wind was blowing and the temperatures were very cool. Great for running a…
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High Trail Vanoise 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series

High Trail Vanoise 2016 Race Summary and Images – Skyrunner® World Series | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
The Skyrunner® World Series continued at a pace today with the first edition of the High Tral Vanoise, a 67.4km race with 5355m altitude starting and concluding in the stunning location of Val d'Isere, France. This race in many ways personifies Skyrunning with a combination of fast trails, technical trails, snow, ice and altitude. The course…
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What is the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of life? | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
What is the meaning of life? I was reminded today about a video clip that I had seen sometime ago that had an impact on me for so many reasons. You have to keep with me here, it has nothing to do with running... but maybe it does? It made me question so much. Firstly,…
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Hardrock 100 2016 Preview

Hardrock 100 2016 Preview | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Hardrock 100 2016 in many respects is all about two returning champions, Kilian Jornet and Anna Frost. Kilian has won the last two editions  and in the process has set two course records, 22:41 in 2014 being the fastest. Many, me included, wonder why he is returning... I think it's simple; he just loves the…
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Big Red Run 2016 – The Interviews, Part Three

Big Red Run 2016 – The Interviews, Part Three | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Niandi Carmont brings us her final two interviews from the 2016 Big Red Run, Alistair Nicol: A Lease on Life and The Tansley Tandem: Carlie and Jade Tansely. Alistair NICOL: A Second Lease on Life "To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal." - Maya Rudolph It’s a bit of a process. Three years…
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Big Red Run 2016 – Stage 5 Marathon 1 “Mohan Marathon” Marathon 2 “Roseberth Marathon” – 84.39km

Big Red Run 2016 – Stage 5 Marathon 1 “Mohan Marathon” Marathon 2 “Roseberth Marathon” – 84.39km | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
Elisabet Barnes nailed it today, no question, no doubts, she showed the boys how to run a multi-stage race and she also showed them how to pace and judge an 84km stage. Elisabet is the Queen of the Simpson Desert. An 0430 wake up call really did have everyone walking around a little goggle eyed…
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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun 2016 on RUNULTRA

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun 2016 on RUNULTRA | Talk Ultra - Ultra Running | Scoop.it
"South African trail running pioneer Linda Doke and 2015 Marathon des Sables female champion, Elisabet Barnes placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the ladies’ race. Both ladies summing up their experiences with a similar thought process, “What an incredible privilege it was to spend 5 days running through this magnificent part of the world on…
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