Yaktrax Pro Keep You On the Trail in Harsh Conditions.

Well the snow has been flying up here in the Great White North so I was very happy to see my Yaktrax arrive in the mail. I know my mother has been using these for a couple years in Saskatchewan and raved about how excellent they are, but I never really had a need for them until this years rare heavy snowfall in Vancouver.

Yaktrax are traction devices that slip easily onto your footwear to reduce the odds of slipping while running on snow and ice. Yaktrax consist of coils to create hundreds of biting edges to grip snow and ice. I used these in very icy conditions in the Alberta Rockies as well as on snow here in British Columbia and I found them to work flawlessly. Make sure you get the right size so you have a snug fit and try not to wear them on exposed asphalt areas they will wear quickly. All and all a very good product and highly recommended to those running in slippery conditions.

Review: Go Motion Trail Runner Light Vest

Go Motion Trail Lite VestI was recently sent a Trail Lite Vest to review by GoMotion, Inc. Go Motion, a new company, designs lighting systems for runners who train and compete in the dark. This is a great thing for those who live in northern climates with little training light from October to March. For those who run in the dark the normal alternative is a headlamp which works alright but you find your self running with the head down and dealing with the head bob.

My first impression of the pack was it was light and fit me well but I found it odd to have such a small storage capacity for a “trail run” vest, not something to be used when venturing into the back country for a night ops mission. This pack is more for short blasts, I think the maximum water bladder size you could carry would be 1 litre (they state 1.5 litre on the website). The lighting was decent, illuminating the path ahead and letting the cars know I was coming. The thing I like about the pack is the fact it remains on the trail even if you look away. The safety light on the back is a nice feature also warning the cyclists that their is a runner ahead of them. I think this pack with a headlamp would be a great combo especially for those competing in ultra runs that run into the night or even 24hr mountain bike races. One thing I found some issues with was the method of light attachment. I think it would have been more useful if it was not attached via “rails” so users could potentially remove and attach it to other packs.

Features of the pack include:

Some common features of the GoMotion packs include:

  • 3-Level Beam Intensity
  • Flood to Spotlight Beam Control
  • Adjustable Beam Angle
  • Two Flashing Rear LED Taillights
  • 3 AA Energizer batteries Included
  • Accepts GoMotionTM Re-chargeable Battery Pack
  • Low Battery Signal
  • Breathable cool-mesh padding
  • Reflective trim

Worth checking out who for those who have get the miles regardless of light conditions.

Attention Canadian Runners Casting for Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Documentary

This looks like a great opportunity to support a great cause and and follow the footsteps of one of the greatest runners of all time Terry Fox.
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Are you a passionate athlete who draws inspiration from Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope?

At CBC Television, we are presently creating a program which would illustrate in detail what Terry accomplished in 1980. The event will reacquaint new and existing generations with Terry’s example of athleticism, determination and self-sacrifice.

A team of twelve runners will start the marathon in St. John’s, NFLD on April 12th. Each participant will attempt to run 3,339 miles in 143 days – matching Terry’s daily mileage – arriving in Thunder Bay, ON on Labour Day weekend. Our camera crews will document the journey from the first day of training through to the end of the run, providing viewers with updates on the participants and their fundraising efforts.

Our first episode, to air in April on CBC, will see the introduction of the participants and the stakes set for the run. Terry’s enduring and building legacy will be highlighted. We are working in conjunction with the Terry Fox Foundation, who in the past have declined proposals where the intent is to symbolically or literally finish the Marathon of Hope. This concept does not infringe on that wish.

If you are interested in participating in, or supporting, this initiative — we want to hear from you. We welcome any questions at any time along the way.

An ideal candidate would possess the following:

1) They have been inspired by Terry’s story and have a history of supporting Terry’s vision and principles
2) They have the ability and willingness to fundraise
3) They believe and offer evidence that they are capable of physically attempting the run
4) They are willing and able to put aside work/other commitments for 4 and a half months to document their personal journey.

Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

If you would like to participate as a runner in this historic event, please reply to marathonofhope2009@gmail.com , sending us your contact information and telling us why you are the ideal candidate for the show.

In addition, we ask that you please create a 3-5 minute video so we can see you in action. Your video should include: Your name, age, hometown and why you want to be a participant in the Marathon of Hope 2009. Please upload your video to YouTube.

Need extra help uploading your video?

Deadline for applications:
January 8, 2009

Please notify us immediately by sending the URL when you’ve uploaded your video.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Michelle & Lara,
Marathon of Hope 2009

Matt Carpenter and Kami Semick win the 2008 North Face Endurace Challenge

Last year it was Uli Steidl who took first with Matt Carpenter in second in the inaugural North Face Endurance Challenge this year it was the legendary mountain runner Matt Carpenter who took first and earning a well deserved $10,000 for his efforts. From the looks of the results it was a close race. The always strong Kami Semick was well ahead of second place Anita Ortiz who finished 20 minutes back.