Five Rut Questions With: Rickey Gates

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.
Rickey Gates - Photo Credit:Scott Markewitz

1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
I was in Montana a few years ago with my ma on my way to the Canadian Death Race. Really loved it... though spent most of my time in Glacier. Psyched to check out a new part of the State.

2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana? 
I'm looking forward to riding a mechanical bull.

3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season? 
Some of my 2014 racing highlights have been a 2nd place finish at the US's oldest trail race - the Dipsea - behind 56-year-old Diana Fitzpatrick. Another highlight... though not a race... was putting together Hut Run Hut - a hut to hut trail running tour from Aspen to Vail. I was really happy with how it turned out and am looking forward to future years of it.

4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event? 
What made me most want to sign up for the Rut was both the difficulty of the course and the concentration of quality athletes.... and the mechanical bull.

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? 
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