Ultra Trail Running Culture – Bob Crowley- Part 1

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Ultra Trail Running is distinctly different in culture and mental preparation than other running or endurance sports.  Veteran Trail Ultra Runner, Bob Crowley, visits with the Nation about what is unique about this sports culture.

  • Is there a difference between “doing” an ultra run and “being” an ultra runner?
  • What are some of the tenets of the trail running culture?
  • Are we losing the ultra trail running culture with the mass appeal and participation recently?
  • How can we keep the culture?
  • How does this culture helps us prepare mentally for the experiences that accompany a long trail race

Link to Bob’s previous podcast: “Bob Crowley & Josh Katzman – Trail Running Culture, Are We at Risk of Losing it?”

An interesting perspective from Geoff Roes in his article, “Ultrarunning is Dead”

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3 comments
  • Hi guys – you have hit the nail on the head with this podcast! Totally agree. We are a group called the Surf Coast Trail Runners (SCTR’s) – ‘officially fueled by Tailwind!’ – here in Victoria, Australia and I think we totally encompass everything you talk about in this podcast. Love it!

  • You need to talk to Terry Fletcher, founder of Indiana Trail Running. ITR has close to 3,000 members now and he has been working hard to encourage people to run in much the same way as Bob is saying, as well as promoting trail stewardship. Really great group and wow, does Indy have a lot of trail races and runners!

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