Welcome to the Mountain Peak Fitness / Red Newt Racing Team (MPF RNR)! Behind the scenes are four small business owners, Ian Golden of Red Newt Racing and Finger lakes Running Company, Ben Drew of Run on Hudson Valley and Elizabeth & Joe Azze of Mountain Peak Fitness.
The Mountain Peak Fitness / Red Newt Racing Team’s mission is to promote the sport of trail running, fitness and the outdoors by acting as positive, knowledgeable pillars of the trail running and racing community. We hope to exemplify the camaraderie which defines trail running as well as promote Mountain Peak Fitness, Red Newt Racing, Run On Hudson Valley & Finger Lakes Running Company, as well as companies lending team support along the way. Help us keep small business and the spirit of entrepreneurship alive.
We are looking forward to another exciting year of highlighting each of you and the Beast Coast!
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Latest Team News!
Here is a 1 minute video of MPF RNR athlete Matt Lipsey at mile 3.5 during the 2017 Hyner View Trail Challenge and on his way to a 2nd consecutive win at the 25k distance!
In its third year the Breakneck Point Trail Runs did not disappoint. The weather proved to be ideal once again and the runners were greeted with a beautiful, grueling rollercoaster of rocks that never let up until they reached the finish line. Congratulations to the MPF RNR athletes, the MPF Adventure Club & Clients and to all of the runners, organizers and volunteers!
MPF RNR Athlete Jay Lemos kicked his 2017 season off with the rugged Mount Tammany 10! This is how his race went down.
Our latest film is about 20 minutes and takes us to the Catskill Mountains of New York where we have a casual discussion with Ben as we climb Blackhead Mountain before we get to see what he does best.
Saranac Lake, NY was the 1st city in the US to host the World Snowshoe Championships! We are very excited to have witnessed this event and had several athletes from the MPF RNR Trail Running Team competing.
As part of the buildup for Rocky Raccoon, Jason recently ran two local, low-key races within a seven-day span. They would provide two different training stimuli that he wanted heading into the final training push.
Like many of us that run far I have spent a lot of time away from my family, preparing to be away from my family even longer. I have been building myself up to see just how “fast” I can run 100 miles.
The plan from the start was to run most/all of it with Philip Vondra, and we had a very loose plan to shoot for 24 hours, or at least to beat sunset on Saturday. Neither of those goals were met but here's the gist of what happened.
This is going to be more of an incident report than a race report, as David Kilgore’s injury was the story of the day, and the craziest thing I have seen in 20 years of trail racing.
Cat’s Tail Trail Marathon, a gnarly run through the beautiful Catskill mountains, and my last chance to have a fun race this year.
Just a few photos from one hell of an adventure in the Catskills of New York!
This was plan D, and what a fine plan it turned out to be. The forecast for Sunday did look quite bad, with rain and high winds (50-70mph), and the possibility of thunderstorms...
There are 35 high peaks in the Catskill Mountains that are above 3,500ft elevation. People that summit all 35, plus 4 of them in winter, can become “Catskill 35ers“. For most people that is enough. am not one of those people.
Saturday 7 am - Eric, Ned and myself set out to hike / run the Pemi Loop in New Hampshire'sPemigewasset Wilderness.
Today (Sunday the 31st) was the 40th running of the Escarpment 18.6 Mile Trail Run. We had pouring rain and slick conditions, but with the hearty souls that toed the line and the volunteers the braved the conditions, the 40th running of the Escarpment Trail Race was an epic success!
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Rufus Frost asking me if I was interested in being involved in the filming of a FKT attempt on the 18.4 mile Presidential Traverse. They thought the idea of an FKT attempt would be a good fit for a World of Adventure episode on Outside TV, as well as provide good footage for a Subaru ad.
I could tell by the looks on people’s faces when I told them that I was from New Jersey and I arrived at Silverton two days before race day, never seeing the course before… I sensed concern...
I tend to be pretty picky about my running shorts, more so than most of my other gear. I run in shorts down to about 25 degrees outside, so I spend a good bit of the year in shorts. I don't like my shorts too long or too short; I like a certain cut.
Manitou’s Revenge is the best race in the world for me. Tough terrain, tons of climbing (+/- 16,000 ft) and a long enough distance (54 miles) to be able to go slow and steady. In other words, very little running. After last years time of 13:14, I was excited to see what I could do with very dry trails and the forecasted low humidity.
Mile 32ish. Somewhere near the top of Indian Head Mountain…lying down on a rock, calling my mommy…texting 2 possible pacers that I wouldn’t be needing any pacing at Mink Hollow since I would be dropping out there...
MPF RNR athlete, Carlo Agostinetto wins the 2016 Manitou's Revenge 54 Mile Ultramarathon! Here is a little footage from his day.
Race day is when you plan for all of your hard work and preparation to come together. It takes a lot of courage and commitment to even get to the starting line of any ultra endurance event. Some days you have the race of your life, while others don’t go quite as planned. This weekend was a perfect example of that.
For the first three years of this event, I had placed 7th, 5th, and 5th, with progressively faster times on the varying versions of the course. For this year’s event, the training had been going well, although slightly different with more hills than most years...
This race was never on the schedule but first Ken then Ben contacted me to see if I would run. I’d never heard of the race until I joined MPF RNR Team but was really interested in a fast 50 mile ‘trail’ race.
After a year of running with the MPF RNR Team, I was excited to return to the place where it all began, the one and only Breakneck Point Trail Marathon!
MPF RNR Athletes & clients had an epic showing this years Breakneck Point Trail Runs! With video teaser.
Since moving to the US, the ADK Great Rage Traverse has been on my list of must dos.
When we started planning a spring break trip to California to visit some family and friends, I did what I usually do, stopped by Ultrasignup, looking for races in the area.
I woke up, and my watch said 3:10am. The Tammany 10 started at 6:30 in the Delaware Water Gap, over 4 hours north of where I was scrambling...
Enjoy some photos taken by MPF's Joe Azze during the 2016 Tammany 10!