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The Top 10 Voted Running Trails in Utah

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out the door and run. Trail running is a favorite in Utah due to Utah’s incredible scenery and well maintained back country trails. With the vast number of trails throughout the state many runners find themselves constantly exploring new places to run trying to find the perfect trail. If you fit this description, look no further. With the help of all of our followers we have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Voted Trails in Utah”. If you’re looking for that perfect trail this list is a great place to start!




*photo credit: Scott Brill at Seekraz.wordpress.com

Millcreek Canyon has several great trails to offer but at the top of the canyon you will find the trailhead to Desolation Lake and Dog Lake. These trails can be run as a loop covering approximately 13 miles and climbing nearly 4000ft. The trail is shaded and very well maintained, traffic may be heavy in the first segment from the parking lot to Dog Lake, but due to the length of the entire trail you will find the remaining portion of the trail to be fairly open. Read More….

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Successfully Transition From Road Marathon To Trail Ultra

by Joel Hatch

For many road runners finishing a marathon is the ultimate accomplishment. It can take months or years of dedicated training, sacrifice, and dietary discipline to reach the holy grail of 26.2. This is a big deal! You should be proud of yourself for finishing this daunting physical and mental event, right? Of course you should, but it’s likely you are already looking for another marathon so you can improve your time or you have a wall full of marathon medals. If this is you, that runner who is forever curious and looking for the next challenge I have a modest proposal for you, run a 50k trail race. Yes I know it’s only 5 more miles than a marathon, but the added distance combined with variable terrain will present you with a new and rewarding challenge. To get you well on your way, here are my top 4 tips to successfully transition from road marathon to trail ultra. Read More….

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Hayden Hawks Interview: The Life of an Elite Ultra Marathoner

Hayden Hawks was an elite collegiate athlete that graduated from Southern Utah University. While in School he specialized in the 5k and 10k, running 13:51 and 28:53 for those events. He still lives in Southern Utah and trains as a professional ultra marathoner.


Run Utah:

You were obviously a stud on the track and had a lot of potential there, I feel like the general trend of elite collegiate athletes is to first start competing on the track or roads professional and then they find themselves transitioning later on down the road to the trails, what drew you to the trails and made you want to more or less bypass the professional road/track racing scene?



To answer this question, just know that I have not fully gotten away from the road/track racing scene. I still have a love for this, how could I not, after doing it for almost 10 years. I love running in all forms and really love going really fast on roads and track and chasing times. It is an adrenaline rush and really brings the best out of me. I plan on running a fast half and full marathon next year and some track races. I might even jump into Comrades Ultra road marathon in South Africa, sounds like a great time! I want to explore all avenues in running and be well rounded. I also think it helps my trail running a lot by being fast and having the leg speed and track training regimen, they all link together. My heart is definitely in the mountains and on the trails when it comes down to it. I have always loved being in the mountains and it’s a love that no one will really understand. I love spending long days in the mountains exploring new peaks and trails and find so much peace. I live in a wonderful place for it in Southern Utah and will never stop exploring! I want to build this sport by showing my love and inspiring others by running fast on trails that some people think are un-runnable and long distances that blow people’s minds. I am a trail runner at heart!  Read More….

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Lora Erickson: Nutrition

By Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Over the nineteen years that I have been coaching runners and triathletes I have been asked many nutrition questions particularly relating to what and when to eat.  Athletes want to know what to eat when they race and train, how to eat in the off-season as opposed to the race-season, and how to properly fuel their body without gaining weight when training for a marathon or Ironman triathlon event. To each athlete the answer will be different; the fact is we all respond to foods uniquely.  Some don’t tolerate dairy, while others breakout in a rash with grain products.  Others feel better on a plant-based or raw diet.  Some athletes perform well eating a high-protein or a high-fat diet.  So what is right for you?  I have found some simple truths that I believe work for most every athlete trying to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle. Read More….

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By:  Arianna Bradley Roth, LCSW


At the end of September 2015 I had one of those great running experiences where I was having such a good time I didn’t want to stop.  As I continued on the full moon appeared and it was a beautiful night with a great temperature for distance running.  I set out for a long run of at least 12 miles but felt strong and ended up running 18.5 miles!  I had not run that far since January 2011–before my two pregnancies and subsequent sciatica and other back trouble.
I felt very grateful to accomplish this run and began to wonder if I might have another chance at running a competitive and fast marathon.  Before this run I didn’t think my back could handle it, but thankfully it felt fine.
This run was another reminder to me that we never know what we’re capable of (whether in running or something else) until we get up and TRY hard but good things, and be willing to take a risk and maybe fail. 

I’ve experienced many setbacks in my running over the last few years, and I have tried to learn the lessons that are presented.  I’m not advocating running when too injured, but when you feel it’s safe.  I have focused on carefully pushing a little more when I’m able and gradually….often slowly, working towards my running goals.  Finally this year I am experiencing some steady progress.  Following are three important principles that have helped me succeed in improving my running performance and reaching my personal goals.   Read More….

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by on Jun.27, 2017, under Utah Running

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