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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.

Review: 2017 Salomon Speedspike CS

By |2018-03-15T04:21:42+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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 [...]

Winter Running: Keeping Your Hands Warm

By |2019-08-06T04:12:22+00:00January 6th, 2018|General Interest, Tips|

Left To Right: CAMP Wind Mitten, BD Stance Gloves, BD Midweight Softshell Glove, BD Lightweight Softshell Glove Earlier this winter we covered layering strategies for winter running, but more recently we've been seeing quite a few questions about how to keep your hands warm when out running in frigid temps. A lot of the advice offered online has been relatively generic and because a phrase like "Heavy Mittens" means something different to someone living in Northern Minnesota than it does to someone living in Georgia we thought we'd share some specifics. Here in Vermont we've recently been spending a lot of time in single digit and negative temps so we've had plenty of opportunities to work on our systems.  Before we get [...]

Runners Of Vermont: Josh Ferenc

By |2017-12-28T04:55:17+00:00December 28th, 2017|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: Josh Ferenc Occupation: Domination Instructor/Science Teacher at Bellow Falls Middle School/XC & Track Coach Current Residence: Athens, VT Hometown/Birthplace: Greenwich, CT   Website: Josh Ferenc: [...]

Winter Running: Traction Devices

By |2019-08-06T03:54:24+00:00December 24th, 2017|General Interest, Tips|

  As a runner in Vermont winters can be a bit of a conundrum. On one hand it can be amazing as all of the sidewalks and bike paths turn into "trails", and the many technical mountain routes actually smooth out and become runnable once all the boulders and ankle breaking rocks are covered in snow. On the other hand, the weather goes through this constant roller coaster of temperatures meaning ice is something we are more than familiar with. This also means that if you want to continue to enjoy running you either need to get familiar with the treadmill, or figure out a way to keep yourself rubber side down when running outside.  If you're like us and prefer your runs with [...]

Runners Of Vermont: RJ Thompson

By |2017-12-16T06:35:01+00:00December 16th, 2017|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: RJ Thompson Occupation: Executive Director, Vermont Huts Association  |  Founder/Owner, Native Endurance Current Residence: Stowe, VT Hometown/Birthplace:  Phillipsburg, NJ Website: www.vermonthuts.org & www.nativeendurance.com Facebook: Vermont Huts Association and Native [...]

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