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S-K FKT

Danny Garrett FKT S-K Travers Sam McCutcheon

S-K FKT

Hot on the heals of his win at the Kepler Challenge, and earlier in the year being crowned the Aust/NZ Skyrunning Series Champ, Altra Athlete Sam McCutcheon teamed up with Danny Garrett to tackle the famed "S-K" route in the Tararua Ranges. Here's Sam's trip report- The Schormann to Kaitoke (S-K) is a route that traverses the Tararua Ranges from Putara in the north to Kaitoki in the South (the track used to start at Schormann track but this has since been closed).   S-K profile- it is 77km with 6,800mD+ and it is tough. [profile from https://tararuafkt.wordpress.com/routes/s-k/] I first heard about...

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Team Altra NZ at the Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt

Jack Beaumont Kepler Challenge Luxmore Grunt Matt Rayment Mel Aitken Race Sam McCutcheon Sarah Dougals Team Altra NZ Trail Running Ultra Running

Team Altra NZ at the Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt

The Altra Running New Zealand Team announced their presence on the NZ running scene by storming the top spots at this past Saturday's Kepler Challenge in Te Anau. Mel, Sarah, Jack and Sam, post Kepler 2016. Matt had a flight to catch and missed the photo.... The Kepler Challenge is now in its 29th year and is the most prestigious mountain ultra on the New Zealand running calendar. The event is made up of the 60km Kepler Challenge, and the shorter 27km Luxmore Grunt. In the 60km event, Altra Athletes Sam McCutcheon and Mel Aitken were both running comfortably in...

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Hardrock 100

Hardrock Team Altra NZ Ultra Running

Hardrock 100

"Admin" note- This interview has been done by Altra NZ team members Sarah Douglas and Becky Nixon. They got to reverse the rolls and hammer me with the questions for once! Thanks so much Becky and Sarah! Grant Guise recently raced the Hardrock 100, a brutal 100 mile race (with some serious vertical ascent and descent) through some of Colorado's most stunning backdrops. Grant finished in an outstanding 8th place against a high quality field. Becky and Sarah decided they would interview Grant for a change! The Hardrock 100 is a bucket list race of yours, did it live up...

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Sarah Douglas- Post ANZ Mt Running Champs Interview

Mountain Running Sarah Dougals Team Altra NZ

Sarah Douglas- Post ANZ Mt Running Champs Interview

After a storming summer in 2014, which saw Sarah Douglas win the Motatapu Marathon, Athletics New Zealand Mountain Running Champs on Mt Campbell and set a blistering course record at the Routeburn Classic, Sarah seemed to drop of the scene. But Sarah announced her return with a convincing win at this year’s Athletes New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, reclaiming the title with a convincing win on the slopes of Ben Lomond above Queenstown. - So if we can, start way back- can you give us a brief history on your running background? I started taking running seriously my last couple of...

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Becky Nixon's UTA Recap

Becky Nixon Team Altra NZ Ultra Running

Becky Nixon's UTA Recap

Altra Running New Zealand team ambassador Becky Nixon again ventured across the ditch to tackle the Ultra Trail Australia, a tough and rugged 100km through the Blue Mountain's canyons, fire roads, trails, stairs (lots of stairs) and the revered Tarros Ladders.  We caught up with Becky to see how her day played out- I must have erased all the pain and suffering from my mind from last year, as I returned to the Blue Mountain's for another suffer fest at Ultra Trail Australia 100km again this year. Had to dig deep for this one….. The first few kilometres running through the bush...

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