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A Dozen Years of AJW’s Taproom – iRunFar

A Dozen Years of AJW’s Taproom – iRunFar


AJW's TaproomIt’s onerous to consider that the first article in AJW’s Taproom was printed 12 years in the past this month. What began as Bryon Powell’s thought to have an editorialist for iRunFar has develop into a weekly labor of affection for me, and a spot the place I’ve discovered my voice. The purpose of AJW’s Taproom stays the identical immediately because it was 12 years in the past, to supply readers with thought-provoking matters that they’ll talk about and debate on a protracted path run or over a few pints at their native brewpub.

Within the yr that has handed since we printed my eleventh anniversary article, we’ve printed 37 articles. Some humorous, some critical, and a few artistic — this twelfth yr has been a enjoyable trip right here within the taproom.

As I’ve for the previous a number of years, I’ve written a month-to-month sequence all through 2023. This yr the sequence focus has been on a few of the unsung heroes of our sport, our race administrators. This function story about Pennsylvania race director, Dave Walker, was significantly enjoyable to jot down.

In my dozen years of scripting this column, I’ve typically written reflective items about my very own working and my experiences locally. Two such articles over the previous yr I discovered significantly pleasurable to jot down. In “The Way forward for Ultrarunning, “I ruminate over a sequence of conversations I had with long-standing group members Scott Mills, John Medinger, David Horton, Jason Inexperienced, and Candice Burt in contemplating the main target and path of the game. With respect to my very own present function within the sport, I wrote a column about my experiences spectating and volunteering at ultras, most particularly on the Western States 100. “Staying Linked to the Neighborhood” is a celebration of the spirit of cooperation and voluntarism that’s such a vital a part of our sport.

Andre Blumberg - Finishing the 2014 Tahoe 200 with race director Candice Burt

Race director Candice Burt greets finisher Andre Blumberg on the finish of the 2014 Tahoe 200 Mile. Photograph courtesy of Andre Blumberg.

After a busy summer season of touring to races I wrote a report on my experiences on the Western States, Hardrock, and Leadville 100 milers and, alongside the best way, I additionally seemed again alone working and coming to grips with my new actuality as an growing old ultrarunner.

After all, the yr was not with out its hardships, and the cancellation of the Vermont 100 Mile for the third time in 4 years was actually one in all them. I wrote about it in 2023 Vermont 100 Mile: Cancellation, and inspired the ultrarunning group to rally behind this iconic occasion in 2024.

At first of 2023, I wrote a chunk entitled AJW’s 5 2023 Predictions for the World of Ultrarunning, and as typically occurs, it seems as if a few of my predictions are coming true whereas others are falling quick.

Lastly, after the tragic dying of longtime ultrarunner and throughout nice man, Chris Scott, I wrote a tribute in his reminiscence and shared a couple of tales about my experiences with Chris at his occasions.

Right here’s to a different nice yr in AJWs Taproom!

Bottoms up!

Gary Knipling, Anstr Davidson, and Chris Scott

From left to proper are Gary Knipling, Anstr Davidson, and Chris Scott throughout the 1993 JFK 50 Mile. In April 2023, the group mourned the premature lack of Chris. RIP. Photograph: Virginia Blissful Trails Operating Membership

AJW’s Beer of the Week

Coronado Brewing logoThis week’s Beer of the Week comes from Coronado Brewing Firm in Coronado, California. By no means Higher Double IPA is a giant, loud double IPA brewed with ample quantities of Vic Secret, Mosaic, and Citra hops. With an ABV of 8.1% and IBUs over 90, this beer is full on on a regular basis.

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Jacquie Mannhard - 2023 Leadville 100 Mile women's winner

Jacquie Mannhard celebrates successful the 2023 Leadville 100 Mile. AJW wrote about attending this yr’s occasion in AJW’s Taproom. Photograph: Life Time



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