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.
|Daniel Kraft - Photo Credit: Glenn Tachiyama|
1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
I lived in Bozeman during the summer of 2010 and have returned often, twice for the Bridger Ridge Run and several times to visit my girlfriend (who was living in Billings).
2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
Where to start? Stockyard Cafe, the Bozeman Co-op, Granny's Donuts. But seriously the mountains and the people here are incredible.
3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
My 3rd place run at the Chuckanut has been the racing highlight of 2014. After Lake Sonoma I had some injury issues and wasn't able to run at Speedgoat.
4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
It's a chance to see Kilian in action, and the alpine course looks incredibly beautiful, steep, and technical. Hence, it seems like an ideal race!
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?
Somewhere around 7.8.