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Desert RATS Stage Race-Recap

Check out Salomon Independence Run and Hike Race team member Brian Passenti's awesome race report from the Desert RATS Stage Race.  Spoiler Alert; he won!! My feet are raw, really raw. Specifically my heals. I have hardened callus skin on most of my toes. Basically...

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The Nathan VaporHowe Pack

With four points of adjustability this is one of the best fitting packs ever. The adjustable sternum straps combined with the side straps allow you to customize the fit to your unique body type. The straps also let you tighten the pack down to get a nice snug fit next...

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Salewa Ultra Train Review

Salewa Ultra Train Salewa’s new Ultra Train is their first foray into traditional trail running shoes. The Ultra Train is a neutral, 8mm drop off-road shoe with a supportive upper and durable, grippy Michelin outsole. Despite the level of protection and stability that...

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Dynafit Vertical Pro

The Lightweight Mountain Running Shoe We've Been Waiting For Dynafit's new lightweight trail shoe, the Vertical Pro, is in and it looks sweeeet.  This beauty (they are very pretty) comes in at just under 9 ounces, which is amazing considering that it has a decent...

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Fun Early Season Races In Colorado

With all the spring like weather we are having now is a great time to start training for an early summer or spring race.  Colorado has a ton of great races to offer so make sure to check out trailrunner or racing underground to find a full calendar of races. Desert...

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The Nathan VaporHowe Pack

With four points of adjustment this is one of the best fitting packs ever. The adjustable sternum straps combined with the side straps allow you to customize the fit to your unique body type. The straps also let you tighten the pack down to get a nice snug fit next to...

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The trouble with training in Europe

Check out Salomon Independence Run and Hike Race Team member John Stroud's blog about the challenges of training while on a European vacation. An early summer family vacation to western Europe, or "holiday" as they say in that part of the world, provided a study in...

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The Best Race I Didn’t Race

Independence Run and Hike Race Team member Laurie Guevera-Stone paced her friend Andie at the Leadville Trail 100 race this year.  100 miles is no joke and just  pacing someone for the effort can be a serious task in its own right.  Check out Laurie's experience...

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Trail Skills –  How To Run Downhill FAST

To the unprepared runner, long, steep, or technical descents can end the bid for a race finish or make it very difficult to be mobile afterward.  Adding focused downhill running sessions into your training schedule will prepare your body for the thrashing that it...

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Long May You Run – Tips for Masters Runners

The reality is that as we get older we start to slow down.  Muscle mass begins to diminish, our v02 max decreases, and we start to slow down.  Nevertheless, there are many masters athletes who continue to perform at a high level well into their 40s.  A perfect example...

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Heart rate training for runners

There are a lot of ways to track our effort running but because of the simplicity  of using pace this is typically what runners use.  Yet heart rate, when used correctly, can be an invaluable tool for runners.   It can help us to pace ourselves properly and can be a...

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Winter Traction

If you are a year round runner and are lucky enough to live in the Colorado mountains, chances are that  you will need some sort of traction during the winter months.  Traction devices allow runners to tackle anything from icy roads to snowy trails during the colder...

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Where your donated shoes go

People often ask were we send all of the donated shoes we receive. Well, the MORE Foundation takes these shoes to Ghana and Honduras and sells them at major metro areas to vendors who in turn create jobs and help improve the quality of life in these cities.  The vast...

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Is Icing Good For You?

Recently there has been a bit of a paradigm shift in how researchers are viewing recovery.  There has been an intense debate about whether or not some of the recovery methods we use actually hinder us in the long run.  Below is an article from Runner's World that...

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Jingle Bell Run Results!

Congrats and a huge thank you to all the finishers of the Jingle Bell Run last week! We had an awesome turnout and some terrific efforts on a snowy, icy course this year. Plus we got a towering pile of shoe donations and raised over $500 for the Glenwood Track Team....

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Jingle Bell 5K Run and Shoe Drive

Independence Run & Hike is putting on our fifth annual 5K Jingle Bell Run and shoe drive! Need an excuse to stuff yourself with holiday turkey on Christmas day? Come torch some calories at this fun, festive 5K on December 22 at 11:00 am! Ugly holiday sweaters,...

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6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE STARTS TODAY!!

  6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE STARTS TODAY at Independence Run and Hike, come on by to get your new Running, Hiking and Casual clothes (all clothing is 20%-75% off!!) and shoes (shoes are mostly 10%-75% off) this is the big sale of the year, don't miss it and end up...

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