Run for yourself and win every time

Running is such a simple yet potentially complex thing. It is nothing more than one foot in front of the other at a somewhat rapid pace for some period of time or distance. You don’t need much of anything to do this but if you want to spend some money on gear you will have […]

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Confessions of a First-Time Race Director

Here in the Valley we are lucky to have an abundance of races to choose from nearly every weekend. I’ve been fortunate enough to run dozens of these races over the years. As a runner, my experience has mostly consisted of paying my registration fee, picking up a bib, running the race, and going home… […]

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Inspiration on the Robert Frost Trail

Running is technically just putting one foot in front of the other enough times to reach the finish line or desired distance, right? But I think there needs to be something or someone that lights the fire and inspires you to move those feet farther and faster, to places and heights that once seemed impossible. […]

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Stepping into history on the East Branch Trail

Everything in New England used to be something else. This history is why I love this region and the East Branch Trail at the Chesterfield Gorge is one of the best examples of what I am talking about. This 9-mile trail is beautiful, scenic and it serves as a reminder of those who used the […]

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Vermont Canoe Touring Center Review

Paddling on a winding river with nothing but the sound of the paddle hitting the water is one of the quintessential New England Experiences. The Vermont Canoe Touring Center, in Brattleboro VT, is a locally owned business makes that experience possible in one of the most scenic locations imaginable.

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The Daffodil Run 10K Course Preview

The Daffodil Run for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County has been one of the highest profile 5Ks in Amherst for the past six years. This year they added a 10K route, in addition to the 5K run/walk. This all takes place on 4/30/2017 but I took a sneak peak at the course. Spoiler […]

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An Ascent of Horseshoe Gully

Horseshoe Gully is easy to overlook. It is one many gullies on Mount Webster, it isn’t the most challenging climb, it has a frustrating exit via a sustained bushwhack and it sits right next to the always popular Shoestring Gully. However, Horseshoe Gully is a great way to experience the thrill of mountaineering in complete […]

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Mount Tom via the Faulkner Trail

A trip to Woodstock, VT is not complete without an ascent of Mount Tom. The Faulkner Trail will take you straight from downtown to the peak, with panoramic views, in just over 30 minutes at a moderate effort. What’s not to love about that?

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