Five Rut Questions With: Ellie Greenwood

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.
Ellie Greenwood - Photo Credit: Joe McCladdie

1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
Nope, first time to Montana and I'm very excited - I've heard great things and the scenery looks awesome!

2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
Just seeing some of the scenery, it will be a short trip with the focus on the race but however hard work the race is I'm determined to still be soaking in the mountain views, the photos of which look amazing.

3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
Comrades 89km win in South Africa in June, although I'm not sure having ultra road speed will come in much use at The Rut!  Also racing at Speedgoat in Utah in July was super, a great experience on a mountain course at elevation that I hope will have given me some useful experience for The Rut.

4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
I get to run somewhere I've never been before, the mountains look stunning, the competition is good, and I heard great things from the 2013 edition.  It'll also be a great challenge as it's not really a style of course that I run much of.

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?
10!  I love running on that stuff, trying to race on it though might be a different matter!


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