King of Mountain defies gravity

Speed and gravity proved no problem for physics student, Ben Duffus, who clearly has both mastered having made it two wins out of two starts to claim the 2014 King of the Mountain crown. Over 10,000 people flocked to Pomona, Queensland, on Sunday 27 July for the annual Wimmers King of the Mountain Festival, a project of the Cooroy/Pomona Lions Club. Visitors jostled for places to watch the start and finish of the main event of the day, the Bendigo Bank…

Trail Run Mag: edition 13 out now

Oh yes, it took a few birth pangs this one, but we got there, dirty as always… Edition 13 is packed full of trail lifestyle goodness and is now on e-stands. If you’re an iTunes/iPad/iPhone subscriber – you will have received your come-get-me notification. Same goes Kindle. So you can view on the go in easy-to-read sweet slider glory. For all you freeloving trailites, get your FREE pdf download (or subscribe now) at: www.trailrunmag.com/magazines What’s in this ed? Glad you asked… Vol3. Ed13…

Electrocuted runner wins inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon

Intrepid runners braved dire but thankfully inaccurate weather predictions (for a brief time) on the weekend just past to take part in the inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon. A sell-out field of 500 runners tackled spectacular 42km and 21km courses along the Surf Coast Walk from Torquay to Fairhaven, Victoria, the first man crossing the line to register a blistering sub-three hour run and an inspirational comeback story. Geelong based, Brett Coleman (below), was not expected to survive when he…

Review: Camelbak All Clear water purifier

It’s not your regular on-the-back hydration source, but for those longer multi day runs where you’re in the middle of potentially contaminated nowhere, this bit of water kit may just keep the in-out body fluid equation in your favour. TRM Assoc. Ed, Simon Madden, reviews the Camelbak All Clear Water Purifier. Clean, clear, beautiful, abundant, quenching, life-giving water. We, the privileged few, take it for granted, but it is not always so abundant and, worse still, when it is fouled by…

Hot to Trot on the Heysen: record run

Adventure runner Richard Bowles has completed his latest endurance feat, notching a new record for running the 1200km Heysen Trail, in South Australia. The Melbourne-based runner set out from Parachilna Gorge in the desert north of the state on 4th May, eventually reaching the trail’s spectacular end at Cape Jervis to complete his record run in 14 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes. If done in one stretch (less than 70 or so have) it is usually walked in 50-60…

The North Face 100: Gibson and Picas win

As the winners celebrated having conquered the Blue Mountains course in astounding times, several hundred more runners faced a long, cold night while they battled through the distance to finish The North Face 100 this weekend, the seventh outing of what is now Australia’s most iconic trail ultra. Others wondered what could have been if only they had fought back against their own bodies just a little harder. But for a select few, and those watching from the sidelines, the…

REVIEW: Amazeballs run nutrition

Amazeballs. It’s a word – as such – that only rolled into the Collins Online Dictionary, as recently as 2012: “an expression of enthusiastic approval.” To Urban Dictionary readers it’s: “Basically beyond amazing. Being so awesome that a regular word can’t describe you.” And now it moves from adjective to noun, as a nutrition product. But does the noun live up to the adjective? Are Amazeballs amazeballs? My first encounter with the globes of nutritional goodness was at Duncan’s Run…

Making Moves on Strava

Suunto today announced that it is joining forces with Strava, the online network connecting the global community of athletes. From today, Suunto’s Ambit watches can be used with Strava’s service, which lets members share and compare their GPS-tracked activities with friends. In addition, sports enthusiasts will also now be able to buy select Suunto products through the Strava shop. To celebrate the partnership, Suunto and Strava have launched the Suunto Sisu Challenge. Inspired by the Finnish word for bravery and…

Surf’s up for new trail marathon(ers)

A newly launched trail marathon will shine the spotlight on Victoria’s stunning Surf Coast Walk, with runners being enticed off road by a course that takes in impressive coastal scenery, including a short run along world-famous Bells Beach. The inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon will take place on Saturday, 28 June, 2014, with marathon runners starting at Torquay, an hour south west of Melbourne, and finishing 42.2km further west on the beaches of Fairhaven, located on the world-renowned Great Ocean…

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