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Winter Running

Winter Running

By Rhonda Claridge   |   Jan 31, 2014 January 31, 2014

By Rhonda Claridge From my house, at 9,800 feet elevation in the Colorado Rockies, I have to run downhill first. Above is sealed under feet of unrunnable, soft, post-holing snow. So it’s downhill, passing beneath nine avalanche slidepaths on a snow-packed road, often in a howling, pushy… Read More

Running With My Devils

Running With My Devils

By Steve Graepel   |   Jun 11, 2013 June 11, 2013

I remember running the 50K and getting off course but fighting back into third place, and I remember that it was hot… hotter than hell. And then… and then nothing… I don’t remember collapsing. I have no memories of kicking off good-Samaritan runners who pinned me down to the… Read More

With All Apologies to Krissy Moehl

With All Apologies to Krissy Moehl

By Kevin Alldredge   |   Jul 12, 2013 July 12, 2013

I AM NOT A CROSSDRESSER! Okay, so running 50 kilometers in a skirt technically makes a man a crossdresser but I’m not compulsively one, the act was more spontaneous or, perhaps, situational. Robert and I had been discussing the upcoming Mt. Cheaha 50K – “The Race to… Read More

The Measure of a Mountain

The Measure of a Mountain

By Steve Graepel   |   May 18, 2012 May 18, 2012

  I remember the feeling more than the sound; a palpable ‘crack’ shattered through the bones of our house. At first we thought it was a car accident or maybe a gas explosion, but as we looked out the bay window to the north, we knew it was far worse…… Read More

What Inspired You?

What Inspired You?

By Old School   |   May 7, 2012 May 7, 2012

We recently received this email from Ross Curwen, a reader from, as he says, "rainy old England." Just a letter saying thanks to The Cleanest Line community from rainy old England. About a year ago I injured my shoulder. This meant I had to cut right back on two things… Read More

The Ptarmigan Traverse

The Ptarmigan Traverse

By Steve Graepel   |   Feb 2, 2012 February 2, 2012

Scott scrambles up to Cache Col and drops his pack besides mine. We’ve been moving just over two hours since the trailhead and have stopped to get our first glimpse at the route before us. Our goal is the Ptarmigan Traverse – a 35-mile off-piste, haute route traversing the… Read More

Mother’s Milk – A Runner’s Story

Mother’s Milk – A Runner’s Story

By Kevin Alldredge   |   Nov 16, 2011 November 16, 2011

I arrived in Knoxville early afternoon on Wednesday to spend some time with my mother before the Rock Creek Stump Jump 50K in Chattanooga on Saturday (Oct. 1st). I picked up the rental car and drove to Manorhouse, her assisted living home. Mom has severe dementia and is… Read More

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