Five Rut Questions With: Catlow Shipek

It's that time of year where daylight is fleeting quickly, the air is crisp, and snow is threatening to fall in the high country.  It is Rut season.  On Sept 12th & 13th, hundreds of runners from across the globe will descend on Big Sky Resort to push their physical limits on the scree laden slopes of Lone Peak.  To give you insight into who will be running The Rut 50k and why they're excited to come to Montana, we've asked each elite runners five questions.  Leading up to the race we will post responses daily from world class runners such as Kilian Jornet, Anna Frost, Adam Campbell, Paul Hamilton, Ellie Greenwood, Rickey Gates, Luke Nelson, Sage Canaday, Emelie Forsberg, and others including Montana's finest ultra runners.  It is time for The Rut.
Catlow Shipek

1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
No, It will be my first time in Montana. I am totally psyched!

2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
I hope to visit some college friends who have made Bozeman their home, experience a little cooler weather briefly, and enjoy the Big Sky scene.

3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
I am having a lot of fun venturing beyond Arizona to race for the Run Steep Get High Mountain Running team and competing in the US Skyrunning Ultra series.

4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
I originally thought it wasn't possible due to a prior work engagement in which I will be traveling to Albuquerque, NM. So, I chose Angel's Staircase in Washington which was the safer option logistically.  When that race was canceled due to the devastating fires throughout that area I thought harder about my work and travel logistics and realized I could actually squeeze in a quick trip north to compete in the Rut and am thankful to the support of my team Run Steep Get High for motivating me to make it happen.

5. On a scale from 1-10 how much would you say you enjoy running off trail on slabs of talus the size of dinner plates that constantly slip and slide out from under your feet, or better yet, flip up and hit you really hard in the ankle bones and shin?
Hmmm...not having heard about this before and not having had that experience ask me at the end of the race!


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