I'm not sure it's as much that I love running itself, but rather the places my pounding heart and heaving chest have taken me. There's something special about the way delirious exhaustion brings people close together, and that may be my favorite part. I also believe John Muir hit it dead nuts when he said "I'd rather be in the mountains thinking about God then stuck in a church thinking about the mountains."  

There's a lot you can learn about yourself and others when you're most primal, without filters and covered in mud. "Never stop exploring" means not only the great outdoors, but within yourself, within your friends, and within your community every single day. Make connections. Grow. Learn. Play. If you don't learn something new every day, it's because you're not paying attention.

Your life is an amazing journey, based not in what you've left carved in stone, but what's left woven into the lives of others. Some of the greatest, most selfless people I've ever known have had their stories abridged. I intend to squeeze that sucker for every penny. I intend to make sure that I finish everything I've come to say. Live voraciously and graciously. You don't have to live up to anyone's expectations but your own, so set them high. Make it a story worth retelling, because it is.

The 2017 Hyner Trail Challenge 25 & 50k took place yesterday, Saturday the 22nd in PA. This is a beast of an event with over 1,000 runners registered! From the awesome community, to the amazing trails and endless food & drinks afterwards, this is a must do race! Here is MPF RNR athlete Matt Lipsey at mile 3.5 and on his way to a 2nd consecutive win at the 25k distance! 

Adventure Highlights

2017

Hyner Trail Challenge 25K - Hyner, PA
Apr 22, 2017

Breakneck Point Trail Runs 21K - Beacon, NY
Apr 15, 2017

2016

0 Degree Winter Trail Festival 15 Miler - Pittsford, NY
Dec 10, 2016

Sweat for Vets Powerclimb 10k Run/Hike Challenge - Altoona, PA
Nov 6, 2016 - Overall: 1st (53:40)

Worlds End Fall Classic 1/2 Marathon - Forksville, PA
Oct 1, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:55:29)

Boulder Beast 25 Miler - Lock Haven, PA
Sep 24, 2016 - Overall: 1st (5:01:57)

Rock 'N The Knob Trail Challenge 20 Miler - Claysburg, PA
Sep 17, 2016 - Overall: 1st (2:46:01)

Ossian Mountain Run 8 Miler - Swain, NY
Sep 3, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:08:17)

Hyner Half 14 Miler - North Bend, PA
Aug 27, 2016 - Overall: 1ar (1:49:38)

Pikes Peak 1/2 Marathon - Manitou Springs, CO
Aug 21, 2016 - Overall: 68th (3:12:24)

Elk County Boulder Dash 20 Mile Trail Challenge - Ridgway, PA
Aug 13, 2016 - Overall: 1st (2:31:12)

Rothrock 10K - Boalsburg, PA
Aug 7, 2016 - Overall: 1st (40:23)

Escarpment Trail Run 30K - Haines Fall, NY
Jul 31, 2016 - Overall: 3rd (3:02:28)

Sproul 10K - Hyner, PA
Jul 23, 2016 - Overall: 1st (48:54)

0 SPF 1/2 Marathon - Victor, NY
Jul 16, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:39:50)

Rothrock Challenge 17.2 Miler - State College, PA
Jun 4, 2016 - Overall: 1st (2:23:21)

Don't Fence Me In Trail Run 30K - Helena, MT
May 7, 2016 - Overall: 9th (2:33:12)

Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge 1/2 Marathon - Huntingdon, PA
May 1, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:39:09)

Hyner Trail Challenge 25K - Hyner, PA
Apr 23, 2016 - Overall: 1st (2:12:18)

Breakneck Point Trail Runs 21K - Beacon, NY
Apr 16, 2016 - Overall: 2nd (2:24:00)

The Dirty Kiln Trail Race and Half-Marathon - Hollidaysburg, PA
Apr 9, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:31:04)

Mile Run Trail Challenge 1/2 Marathon - Tiadaghton State Forest, PA
Apr 3, 2016 - Overall: 1st (1:32:43)

Marin Ultra Challenge 25K - Sausalito, CA
Mar 12, 2016 - Overall: 6th (1:42:55)

2015

Zero Degree Winter Trail Festival 15 Miler - Pittsford, NY
Dec 12, 2015 - Overall 1st (1:51:58)

Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon 16 Miler - Emporium, PA
Oct 17, 2015 - Overall 1st (1:50:21)

Dam Half & Dam Full 1/2 Marathon - Mifflingburg, PA
Sep 20, 2015 - Overall 1st (1:36:48)

Sproul 10k - Hyner, PA
Jul 18, 2015 - Overall 1st (49:13)

Whiteface SkyMarathon - Wilmington, NY
Jun 28, 2015 - Overall 8th (4:24:30)

Whiteface Sky Races 2.5 Miler - Wilmington, NY
Jun 27, 2015 - Overall 5th (41:17)

Rothrock Challenge 17.2 Miler - State College, PA
Jun 6, 2015 - Overall 2nd (2:24:45)

Quest for the Crest Vertical 10k/50k - Vertical K / 10k - Burnsville, NC
May 30, 2015 - Overall 2nd (1:10:13)

Hyner Trail Challenge 25K - Hyner, PA
Apr 18, 2015 - Overall 2nd (2:17:00)

The Dirty Kiln Trail Race and Half-Marathon - Hollidaysburg, PA
Apr 4, 2015 - Overall 1st (1:37:22)

Buzzard Day 25K - Hinckley, OH
Mar 14, 2015 - Overall 1st (1:46:24)

2014 - 2013

Sweat for Vets Powerclimb 10k Run/Hike Challenge - Altoona, PA
Nov 9, 2014 - Overall 1st (48:16)

Rock 'N The Knob Trail Challenge 20 Miler - Claysburg, PA
Sep 13, 2014 - Overall 1st (2:40:16)

Continental Divide Trail Race 10K - Laurel Springs, NC
Aug 23, 2014 - Overall 5th (46:21)

Sproul 10k - Hyner, PA
Jul 19, 2014 - Overall 1st (47:11)

The Dirty Kiln Trail Race and Half-Marathon - Hollidaysburg, PA
Apr 5, 2014 - Overall 1st (1:34:32)

Western PA Endurance Fest 25K - Indiana, PA
Mar 29, 2014 - Overall 1st (1:50:31)

Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon 25K - Emporium, PA
Oct 19, 2013 - Overall 1st (1:56:42)

Rock 'N The Knob Trail Challenge 20 Miler - Claysburg, PA
Sep 14, 2013 - Overall 1st (2:35:58)

Sproul 10k - Hyner, PA
Jul 13, 2013 - Overall 1st (50:12)