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Track me live as I race around Mont-Blanc on Friday & Saturday

By Andrew Skurka / August 31, 2017 /

UTMB takes live tracking to the next level. Their coverage is easily accessible, remarkably accurate, and incredibly extensive. The race starts at 6 pm on Friday. Chamonix is +1 hour relative to GMT/UTC; for those in the US, the race starts at: ET: 12 pm CT: 11 am MT: 10 am PT: 9 am I…

Bighorn 100 Race Report || 1st place in 4-way tie, 21:30:08

By Andrew Skurka / June 27, 2017 /

Quick links Official results Strava data Special thanks to Aleksandr Khomyakov and Judy Garber for some of the photos, and Judy and David Garber for hosting me at their picturesque ranch in Big Horn. When I pulled into Elk Camp at Mi 43.5 of the Bighorn 100, I was much less happy than I should have been.…

Bighorn 100 Trail Run: Track me live as I race 100 miles on Friday

By Andrew Skurka / June 15, 2017 /

The Bighorn 100 Trail Run begins at 10 AM Mountain Time on Friday, June 16. If you’re interested, there will be live tracking from the three major checkpoints: Dry Fork, Footbridge, and Jaws. Use these links: Quick results: Last check-in Detailed results: All splits The links should take you directly to the 2017 race and…

Who is racing Bighorn 2017? Help with crowdsourced entry list.

By Andrew Skurka / May 23, 2017 /

We’re less than a month out from the Bighorn Trail Run — which includes a 100-, 50-, 32-, and 18-miler — and I’ve been unable to find an entry list. One has not been made available on the race website or by Its Your Race, the event management platform. And an email inquiry in March to…

Data dump: Boston Marathon course GPX & vertical profile; plus pacing, heart rate & workout details

By Andrew Skurka / April 27, 2017 /

My Boston Marathon coverage finishes with a data dump. It’s mostly for my purposes, so I can quickly access and compare the information in the future; but there are a few resources that will be useful for any Boston participant. Boston Marathon course GPX file During the race I wore a Suunto Ambit GPS sport…

Boston Marathon || Notes for next time: Tips, advice & reflections on training, pacing, spectating & more

By Andrew Skurka / April 24, 2017 /

I thought Boston would be a one-and-done affair. I’m not so sure now. For the  next time, here are some tips, advice, and reflections that will be useful for first-timers and veterans alike: General Until race day, I didn’t fully grasp the scale of the event. The numbers help convey this: Nearly 30,000 runners participate. At…

Race Report || Boston Marathon: 2:32:01, 72nd overall

By Andrew Skurka / April 22, 2017 /

Two weeks out from the Boston Marathon, I had my heart set on sub-2:30, or 5:43 pace. I thought my workouts proved that it was within reach. But as the race day forecast solidified — high-60’s/low-70’s, sunny, and low humidity — I wisely gave up on that best case scenario, and honed in on 2:32,…

Risk vs. Reward: Pacing conundrum for Boston Marathon & endurance events generally

By Andrew Skurka / April 11, 2017 /

At this point in the training cycle, within a week of my first big race of 2017, I have as clear an understanding of my  current fitness as I will get. While the taper does include some workouts, they are less telling than near-max efforts weeks and months ago. So this is an appropriate point to settle…

Fastest I’ve been in 16 years || Boston Marathon: One week out

By Andrew Skurka / April 9, 2017 /

The 121st Boston Marathon is now just a week out, on #MarathonMonday, April 17! Live tracking The Elite Men and Wave One (mine) start at 10 AM. You won’t see me on TV in Galen Rupp’s slipstream, but if you want to track my progress you can sign up for text or email updates. I’m bib #703.…

Race calendar 2017: Boston, Bighorn, and Blanc

By Andrew Skurka / January 25, 2017 /

In March I will turn 36 years-old. Sadly, for a male long-distance runner I am thought to be at the end of my physical prime, if not already beyond it. Sure, many older runners do phenomenal things. For example, last year 85-year Ed Whitlock ran a sub-4:00 marathon, and 44-year-old Jeff Browning was the second-ranked ultra runner in the…