footnotes

The Tour de 14ers

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog | 9 comments

The Tour de 14ers

Photo:Fred Marmsater On July 26th 1981, my grandfather, Robert L. Payton, ran a marathon on a cinder track in Garden City, New York. He was a great storyteller and told me this particular one many times. Initially, he had been planning to run the Chicago marathon in the fall with a couple of friends but work and other commitments got in the way so he decided to challenge himself to the distance, alone. 105 laps with no support other than a brief stop half way when grandma, wondering what he was up to, came over to the track to bring him some...

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Alpine Works X Mountain Martial Arts

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Blog | 5 comments

Alpine Works X Mountain Martial Arts

Prior to Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji in 2014, I did a fun run for BUFF at Lake Saiko in Japan. During the run, I met Yuichi Shibui director of Mountain Martial Arts (MMA), a trail running and lifestyle brand. He was wearing a pair of print denim running shorts and I commented on how much I liked them. Later that year at UTMB, Yuichi gave me a pair of the shorts along with a custom MMA Buff. Yuichi told me that the concept behind MMA was to produce stylish clothing for everyday use on and off the trail, meshing lifestyle with performance.   Earlier...

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Mt. Hiei 50k – International Trail Run

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Mt. Hiei 50k – International Trail Run

The Mt. Hiei 50k International Trail Run is a wonderful event hosted just outside of Kyoto, Japan in late spring. The 50k course is challenging with over 11,000 feet of climbing, on steep, technical trails through the dense forests of Mt. Hiei. Mt. Hiei is home to the Tendai Buddhist monks, also known as the marathon monks, since they incorporate running as part of their spiritual practice. The monks are very supportive of the race, leading a prayer at the start, and welcoming runners at the finish. The place has a very unique, calm...

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Hawaii – Photolog

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Blog | 7 comments

Hawaii – Photolog

A couple weeks back, I was fortunate to visit Hawaii for the first time with my wife who was presenting at NAISA. We spent 5 days on Oahu and 3 on Kauai. A short, but awesome trip which definitely got us excited to go back and explore more. Oahu – Honolulu, North Shore, Manana and Lanipo Ridge, Nu’uanu Pali.  Kauai – Kapaa, Kauapea Beach, Na Pali Coast, Hanakapiai Falls, Waimea Canyon, Awa’awapuhi...

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The Boulder Mountain Marathon

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

The Boulder Mountain Marathon

The inaugural Boulder Mountain Marathon took place on May 15, 2016. The race was organized by the Four Mile Fire Department and Flatirons Running as a fundraiser for the fire department. Thank you to everyone that came out to run and support the event! Here are a few photos from the marathon and an article I wrote on iRunFar about the race (well mainly about coffee): Coffee and a Mountain...

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