When the (very short) list of aid stations on a 50-mile race consists mainly of springs to refill your water, you know you’re in for an interesting… Read more “I’ll Take a DNF Over DNS Any Day. Forgotten Mountains 50 Mile Race | Zapomenuté Hory, Czechia”
“What Brought You Here?” A Beautiful Exploration of Human Connection & the Bonds Running Provides
Take a deep breath, take it all in… What happens when a group of runners converge in the most remote town in Scotland? What happens when they take cold dips and run the surrounding hills together? A community is formed—a community of people who, so different yet so similar, develop the most beautiful human connections.
This short film is “an exploration of what motivates us to run, shining light on the importance of time spent amongst nature, no matter where you’ve come from. Based in the Highlands of Scotland, ‘What Brought You Here?’ follows a diverse group of participants as they journey throughout the Knoydart Peninsula and beyond, an adventure hosted by George Bauer and Aire Libre Running…”
When We Love Our Gear to Death: The Last Goodbye to an (Extra)Ordinary Hat
It can be hard to say goodbye to your gear, especially when it’s a piece that’s been with you through thick and thin and joined you on every adventure over the span of 15 years. Just like with people, sometimes the life of an item comes to an end; it can’t be healed, it can’t be repaired. And it’s time to say goodbye.
In nearly every one of Beau Miles’ videos, his hat can be seen accompanying him. When his hat—his most loyal piece of gear—died, he did one thing: “With a heavy heart and a head full of memories, I’m taking my beloved hat for one last run.”
The hat’s last journey, a 40-kilometer run from Mt Baw Baw to Walhalla, is a celebration of its service to Beau. And—a little warning—it’s heartwarming and heartbreaking simultaneously.
Running as a Form of Prayer
In the documentary 3,100: Run and Become, Shaun Martin, an elite Navajo ultrarunner, says a quote. Now, I’m not usually one for quotes but this one spoke… Read more “Running as a Form of Prayer”
Euro Trails Are Something Else: Triglav Trail Run
At the end of a two-week flurry, I ran a race. It wasn’t a long race. I ran it just as a part of my training, and… Read more “Euro Trails Are Something Else: Triglav Trail Run”
The Runners Who Didn’t Stop
When this gets published—and when you read it—I’ll be volunteering at an Ultra X event in Wales, taking care of a few fantastic people who are taking… Read more “The Runners Who Didn’t Stop”
Elden Mountain, Flagstaff, And the Things I Didn’t Plan (Plus a Bit of Geology!) | AZ, UT, NV Road Trip
I’ve always wanted to go to Flagstaff for some reason. Even before Cocodona, even before I saw photos of this beautiful town, I’ve wanted to go. Maybe… Read more “Elden Mountain, Flagstaff, And the Things I Didn’t Plan (Plus a Bit of Geology!) | AZ, UT, NV Road Trip”
Who is a Runner: Erin McGrady | A Short Film by Brooks x Camp4 Collective
Who is a Runner is a series by Brooks in collaboration with Camp4 Collective. Erin McGrady’s story is the last episode in this series that follows runners from around the U.S. and tells their stories. The question “who is a runner?” can be answered simply: everyone. How come? Because running, indeed, is for everyone.
What about Erin’s story?
“It takes the first 5-6 miles for the ‘bird’s nest’ in Erin McGrady’s head to unravel,” writes Camp4 Collective. “And then, putting one foot in front of the other, the photographer and writer works to create and celebrate safe spaces for others in the queer community. Together, with her wife Caroline Whatley, in spite all they are up against as queer women in the South, they turn their attention toward the joy they get from traveling and creating community.”
Erin’s story, told in less than 9 minutes, is one of courage, defiance, and victory. Who is a runner? Erin.
Mike Wardian Is Almost Done; The Last Two Thousand Miles and The Week Ahead
If you missed the memo, Mike Wardian is on his way across the continent right now—and yes, he’s running all of it. He’d just crossed the 3,000-mile… Read more “Mike Wardian Is Almost Done; The Last Two Thousand Miles and The Week Ahead”
When You’re Depressed, do Something so Ridiculous it Might Just Work. Like Volunteering for a Race in a Foreign Country.
As the date of my departure from the US neared, I was looking for something—anything—that would give my life back in Europe meaning. This might sound a… Read more “When You’re Depressed, do Something so Ridiculous it Might Just Work. Like Volunteering for a Race in a Foreign Country.”