Despite being “only the half marathon,” the all-uphill Ascent race is sometimes the more competitive distance. Following our MUT Running ethos, we like to celebrate the “sub ultra-distance mountain races” and have great respect for the higher speed and higher intensity that these “shorter” races have to offer.
In 2016, Lucrezi gathered some friends together to start an online journal — a place for female-identifying runners to share experiences, tips and inspiration. For a few months, they posted one article a week, until women from all over began to submit contributions to the journal.
Matt Daniels, a Nike Trail athlete and founder of MutRunning.com, is among those professional athletes getting ready to race Western States. Having finished in 4th place in 2019, he is no stranger to the course. If anything, he brings more ultra-trail experience to the game now than he did two years ago.
From shorter, sub ultra-mountain races to 24hr+ events on a flat road or track, the diversity within the realm of “MUT Running” is vast! Also taken into consideration of these rankings is the duration of a race’s history, field size, and overall competitive depth.
“The depth and strength of women in mountain/ultra/trail is improving vastly at the moment! Some of the strongest regarded performances are being broken. I expect more of the top records to be broken in the next 5 years, as several of the mentioned women are in the prime of their careers.”
The Mut Running team had our feet on the ground this weekend covering the HOKA ONE ONE Canyons 100km in California.
In our minds, the men’s field has a little bit of everything from experience, leg speed, and mountain runners. Expect excitement and carnage!
In our minds, the women’s field consists of several experienced mountain-ultra-trail runners who also happen to have some very fast leg speed!
The real question though is: Does carbon fiber plated shoe technology have a place in the MUT Running world? – and will it have the same effect?
Ask any runner at the top of their game, whether that is professionally or recreationally, what the best way to carry water is, and you will likely receive the dreaded answer of, “it depends.”