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Atypical Marathon Preparation with Aliza Lapierre

Aliza Lapierre is an ultrarunner from right here in Vermont. She recently ran the Vermont City Marathon — where she took the title of fastest female Vermonter — all the more impressive since she had a five-hour training run the day prior! Aliza has big fish to fry later this season, so we checked in with her

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Fueling with UnTapped Before a Race with Christian Gostout

For endurance athletes there’s often no true off-season. As a cross-country skier it could be argued that summer is my off-season, but for skiers, the summer actually involves even more training time than in winter. During the summer months, the goal is to build a solid endurance base that will support me through the winter racing

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Summer Training for Winter Sports with Bill Harmeyer

Vermont native Bill Harmeyer just wrapped up his collegiate skiing career with a nursing degree from the University of Vermont. Named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association’s First Team in his senior year, the result of strong skiing amidst the top D1 racers in New England, the 22 year old is making his transition to

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Josh Ferenc is Running Wild

Josh Ferenc is a science teacher, coach and competitive runner from the tiny town of Athens in southern Vermont. His versatility across a variety of distances and terrain is impressive. Through the years Josh learned the importance finding a fuel that worked for his body no matter what terrain and conditions. Recently returning home from

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5 Questions for 5 Days of Long Trail FKT

In June, we caught up with Vermont ultra-runner and UnTapped athlete, Aliza Lapierre. At that time, she mentioned a potential attempt at the FKT on the Long Trail — a 272 mile trail that snakes the length of Vermont from Canada to Massachusetts straight through the Green Mountains. Aliza is about to start her attempt at the FKT and she was generous with

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Summer Training as a Nordic Ski Racer

Kris Freeman is a retired World Cup skier still competing nationally at nordic ski events. A four-time Olympian, U-23 World Champion and 17-time National Champion, he’s twice raced the American Birkebeiner and has suggestions on making the most of summer training to stem Birkie fever… So you’re hoping to improve in the next year. What

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The UnTapped Story, part 1: Slopeside Syrup

Have you ever glanced at our logo and wondered What’s Slopeside Syrup? That story starts in 1961 when Mickey Cochran installed a ski rope tow on his hillside farm in Richmond, Vermont. He and his wife Ginny cut a few trails allowing their four children to ski countless laps right in their backyard. That set the foundation

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The James Bay Descent

In early February, four friends teamed up and rode fat bikes weighing nearly 100 pounds each, out onto the frozen James Bay in northern Canada, then back to the mainland and south along the Bay, totaling nearly 650km. This was a first of its kind, self-supported expedition along winter roads, the crew had to prepare

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