Some of the La Sportiva’s Trail Running Team at the “Parc Natural del Montseny” Catalunya, Spain.
Anton Krupicka is worldwide known as one of the most iconic American ultra-runner. He ran his first marathon when he was 12. During college and in his early 20s he often ran upwards of 200 miles a week. He has won the Leadville 100 twice, the Miwok 100K, the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler, the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler, the White River 50 Miler twice, the High Mountain 50k and the Estes Park Marathon. He also came in second in the Western States Endurance Run in 2010, and won the Lavaredo Ultra trail 2014.
But don’t think Anton is all about running. Due to a string of injuries, this Boulder-based La Sportiva ambassador hasn’t raced the past few years, and he currently runs just one or two days a week. That doesn’t mean he’s disappeared from the ultra-running scene though, and he says he gets the same flow from climbing and skiing and cycling as he does from running.
Set in the heart of the Italian Dolomite Mountains this race is 22 km long (10 km uphill, 12 km downhill) with varied terrain. It begins and ends in Piazza Marconi, Canazei (1,450m) with the highest point being Piz Boè is 3,152m, a vertical gain of 1.750 m.
This video from Tegyn Angel follows the 64km Course from Harrietville up Bungalow Spur to Mt Feathertop, Down Diamintina Spur and up the other side to Pole 333 before descending again to Cobunga Gap, Climbing Swindler Spur to Mt Hotham and returning along the Razorback and down into Harrietville.
October 20th 2013 saw the first ever Lake Mountain Skyrun with over 170 runners over the three distances it was a great day out for all. Taking on a bunch of technical single track and some punishing climbs…. watch some of the action here!
With a passion for the mountains, a day job at Queensland Rail and youth on his side Caine is well placed to make an impact in the trail scene in Australia. Having only started running in 2009, he has seen some promising results so far and we cannot wait to see what 2014 will bring.