Five Rut Questions With: Luke Nelson

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.
Luke Nelson

1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where? 
I live next to Montana so I’m practically from there. 

2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
I love that Montana is wild, the runners are tough as hell, and all scenery isn’t too bad either. 

3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
1st at Bighorn 100, 1st at El Vaquero Loco, and lots of rad mountain adventures. 

4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
I raced the Rut last year and loved the course, spending time with a bunch of rad folks up at Big Sky, and of course, the competition.  

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 prefer running on talus over any other surface.


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