Coulee Cactus Crawl

July 7th, 2015 by Ian MacNairn | Posted in Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

All year I have been preparing for the upcoming Sinister 7 Ultramarathon in Crowsnest Pass, Alta. Part of this preparation has been avoiding racing, an exciting yet risky habit that has enveloped a lot of […]


The rules of ‘Fastest known time’ attempts

July 26th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

The new thing among runners here in Canmore is going after something called “fastest known times” (FKT) for a number of the peaks in the area. The athletes chasing these are in the trail […]


Sulphur Springs 100-Mile Trail Run: Humble pie and other lessons

June 22nd, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

  A few weeks ago I jumped into my first running race of the season, a bit of a late start I suppose, but I had committed to this event several months ago and […]


The Lance Show

January 18th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | 2 Comments »

Yes, I was one of the millions of viewers who watched (part 1 of 2) Oprah grill Lance Armstrong about his drug use, his culture of blatant denial, and his viciousness towards those who sought to spoke the truth. Before I ran, I rode a bike, and that was in large part due to the inspiration I gained from Lance and US Postal. To me, he made road riding cool.


the continuation of “A glance back, a look ahead”

January 10th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

An experience like this is worth nothing without learning some life lessons along the way. Filming this show was the hardest challenge I have ever undertaken. The toll it took on my body, spirit, and mind cannot be summed in 600 words.


A glance back, a look ahead

January 9th, 2013 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

As we ease into 2013, I find it important to take some time to forecast what the next 12 months might look like for me, and reflect on the past year.


The Ultra Month – 4 Deserts and a Jungle

November 26th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

In the past 30 days, I’ve pulled off a personal coup. I’ve finished two 7-day staged ultra-marathons, for a total of 450 kilometers.


Crazy about running

October 23rd, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

Nobody likes being called crazy, but it did make me think. In the last year I’ve sold my house, quit my job, and embarked on a world tour racing tough ultra endurance sports across the globe.


Running Wild in Kenya

October 8th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

I recently traveled to Lakipia, one of these lesser-known regions in northeastern Kenya to participate in the Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon. The race is a charity event in its second year that raises money to provide academic scholarships for Maasai girls to attend secondary school. It consists of three races – a half, full, and 75 km ultra marathon run through the heavily rutted and dust covered ochre roads that penetrate the bushlands north of Mt. Kenya.


Burning it up in Iceland

September 5th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | 3 Comments »

Simon Donato talks about his experience at the Fire and Ice Ultra, a 250K off-road race in Iceland.


The Vacation is Over

August 14th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

What better way to return to running than with an ill advised attempt at a speed record on the Kootenay’s infamous Rock Wall, a 55 km trail that is typically done as a 3-5 day hike.


Incredible Ellie does it again – WS100

June 24th, 2012 by Simon Donato | Posted in Blogs, Ultra Trail Tales | No Comments »

As I start this post, 18:00:00 of the Western States Endurance Run have elapsed. We have a male and a female winner and 20 competitors have reached the finish in Auburn…It’s now 18:25:33 into the race and 25 racers have finished with the oldest being 48, youngest 26, and 3 females. Not too shabby for 100 miles!