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About Greg

Co-Owner at VTRunCo. Runner. Skier. Hiker. Photographer. Gear Nerd. Father. Husband. I love spending time outside moving through the woods and over the mountains, and I want to help you have the best experience possible.

Favorite Trail Running Gear: 2018

By | 2018-05-13T15:02:29+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Gear Review|

As I write this it’s mud season here in Vermont. Despite the warm temperatures, our trails are still quite vulnerable as the ground thaws out and the melting snow at higher elevations creates a persistent state of sloppiness lower down. But, what better time is there to talk about trail running than while we’re all eagerly awaiting the reopening of our beloved trails! Also, please remember that gear recommendations only provide a starting point. One person can’t possibly speak for the masses, and as always comfort and fit trump everything else. Also, if you’re relatively new to trail running try not to get too caught up in gear specifics. Just get out there! Grab any old shirt you have laying around… clean or not. [...]

Event Spotlight: Groton Forest Trail Run

By | 2018-04-25T04:48:18+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Events|

Every year new events are announced and this year is no different. One of the events we're super excited about is the Groton Forest Trail Run on Saturday, September 8th of 2018. This looks like an amazing opportunity to run on some great trails. Read on to learn more! 1. Tell us about your event. What is it? What makes it special? We are excited to have a new trail race on the trails in Groton State Forest in the towns of Groton, Peacham, and Marshfield VT. The start and finish will be at Boulder Beach State Park and the race will take place primarily on the hiking and multi-use trails north of Boulder Beach road. We will have two distances this first year, [...]

Runners Of Vermont: Fred Ross

By | 2018-03-24T04:47:21+00:00 March 24th, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Name: Fred Ross III Occupation: Retired Location: Vernon, VT Hometown/Birthplace: Stratton Mtn, MA Website: www.northeastuphillmountainseries.blogspot.com Facebook: Fred Ross   How did you first get involved in running [...]

Event Spotlight: Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont

By | 2018-03-16T18:34:57+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Events|

This is the first post in another series we're starting here at VTRunCo. This new series will highlight some of the great events, races, and venues in Vermont. To start things off I thought I'd share a bit about a little event I organize... The Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont. Enjoy! Tell us about your event. What is it? What makes it special?  The Race To The Top Of Vermont is a run, bike, or hike up the auto road on Mt Mansfield. You climb 2564 feet on a dirt road that's 4.3 miles long, and finish near the summit of the highest peak in Vermont. It takes place every year at the end of August, and it's special because you're [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Speedspike CS

By | 2018-03-15T04:21:42+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Gear Review, Shoes|

2017 Salomon Speed Spike CS Shoe Type: Studded Winter Trail Weight: 305g Drop: 6mm Stack: 24mm Heel, 18mm Forefoot MSRP: $170 Here in Vermont maintaining mileage throughout the winter months can be challenging. We're located such that we receive systems of brutally cold air that sweep down from Canada, and warm/wet systems that curl up from the Gulf. One day it might be -8°F with -30°F windchill, then flip to 61°F and raining, then immediately swing back to 4°F and sunny! Because of these extreme swings in temperature and the associated variable precipitation, our road surfaces and trails are constantly changing. From one run to the next you could encounter packed snow, then slush, followed by water ice. When I first started winter running I used whatever trail shoe [...]

Runners Of Vermont: Will Robens

By | 2018-03-05T05:20:06+00:00 March 5th, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Name: Will Robens Occupation: Event coordinator Location: Hyde Park,VT Hometown/Birthplace: Charlottesville, VA Website: www.catamountultra.com & www.trappmountainmarathon.com Facebook: @CatamountUltra Instagram: @trailrunvt   How did you first get [...]

First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra Review… aka S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 Review

By | 2018-06-16T02:20:36+00:00 March 1st, 2018|First Look, Gear Review, Shoes|

2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra (S/Lab Sense Ultra 2) Update 6/15/18: Ok, so I've gotten to spend some more time in the S/Lab Ultras and I have a few more thoughts. I had to make some modifications, but I think I'm going to be able to use them. Please see the end of this post to read the long-form version of this update.  Update 4/21/18: Road Trail Run just published their full official review. Read it in it's full glory HERE.  Update 3/14/18: Road Trail Run just published a piece written by Estelle-Marie Kieffer sharing her initial impressions of the 2018 S/Lab Ultra. She too isn't feeling the new design and had issues with comfort. Also, her impression was that V2 fits shorter and narrower than [...]

Runners Of Vermont: Rachel Long

By | 2018-02-01T04:35:09+00:00 February 1st, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Name: Rachel Long Occupation: Teacher Location: Stowe, VT    Website: www.roamingrootsblog.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.long.737448 Instagram: @rachellong91 @Roaming_roots   How did you first get involved in running and [...]

2018 Salomon Snowcross Relays

By | 2018-01-14T06:09:18+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Events, Race Report|

This past weekend we spent Saturday afternoon helping the Catamount Ultra Events crew at the Salomon Snowcross Relays which were held on the beautiful trails of the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. Snowcross is a unique combination of nordic skiing and trail running that's popular in Europe, but doesn't exist here in the U.S... Yet! Being a relatively new event format, we really weren't sure what to expect.  Now, the official title for the event is "Salomon Snowcross Relays", and you might assume that as a relay you'd be required to compete with a partner. But... You'd be wrong. Individuals were welcome to compete on their own, and a more appropriate title might be "Snowcross Duathlon" or just "Snowcross".  This particular event had [...]

Runners Of Vermont: Phil LaCroix

By | 2018-01-12T20:57:56+00:00 January 12th, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Today we're going to meet Phil LaCroix. Below you will learn a lot about Phil, but we wanted to take a minute to highlight a fundraising [...]

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