Thursday is Final Day to Check-In Your Used Gear

Alpine Shop’s 25th Annual Winter Swap is a combination of a consignment sale, a Winter Pre-Season Sale and a Summer Clearance, all wrapped up into one BIG event  at our Kirkwood and Columbia locations.

But if you want to get paid for your used gear, you have to get it checked in first! And you’ve only got until 8 pm on Thursday, October 18 to do that (or 6 pm if you’re participating at our Columbia store).

You can sell gear and clothing from any season of the year, provided it meets our standards. All gear will be safety checked before it is allowed in the Swap and Alpine Shop reserves the right to refuse any items for any reason we see fit. (For full information, please visit the official site here.)

What started out 25 years ago as an opportunity for our customers to outfit their entire family on a budget has turned into the Midwest’s Largest Consignment Sale for Outdoor Gear. It’s all going on this weekend at your local Alpine Shop!

 

Give a Little. Save Big. Glennon Card Discount Days are October 19-28, 2018

Back in 2011, Alpine Shop was one of the first retailers to sign on to assist SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital with their new “Glennon Card” promotion. Little did we know then just how big this would promotion grow!

Alpine Shop has been heavily involved with the Glennon Card from the beginning, including welcoming the photo shoot for the cover of Town & Style magazine in 2014!

From October 19–28, 2018, purchasing a Glennon Card from Alpine Shop gives you a 20% discount on almost everything in our stores (and a 10% discount on all regularly-priced boats, bikes, skis & snowboards) AND a 20% discount at more than 320 other retailers and restaurants throughout the Metro St. Louis area.

Glennon Cards are $50 and can be purchased at any Alpine Shop location through Sunday, Oct. 28.  Click here to see a complete list of merchants to choose from–like Alpine Shop!

Overall, since 2011, the Glennon Card Team have raised more than $1.25 million for use at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Alpine Shop is proud to have been the top Local Merchant for Glennon Card sales in 2017 and hope to remain the same for 2018. Please come in and purchase your Card anytime between now and Sunday, Oct. 28.

Ski & Snowboard Service: Protect your gear and perfect your ride

Keeping your skis and snowboards tuned is one of the two most important things* you can do to ensure you have a great time on the slopes every time you make a run. Why? Because without a tune, your gear does two things: it sticks to the snow, making it harder for you to move and it reduces your maneuverability in turns, making it harder for you to go where you want to go. Now, if this still sounds fun, proceed to your nearest slope without taking care of your ride. However, if you want to actually enjoy your time on the snow, read on.

There are two different ways to keep your skis and snowboards tuned: you can do it yourself or you can bring them in to us at Alpine Shop and let us take care of it for you.

Some repairs, though, are beyond the equipment you’ll have in your basement. And some people would just rather have an experienced technician do the work. For those jobs, Alpine Shop is proud to offer you one of the top ski and snowboard service centers in the country. Completely stocked with top-of-the-line Wintersteiger equipment and manned by certified techs, we’ll make sure your gear is perfectly tuned for your particular style.

Here’s some examples of what we do:

An example of a board needing a custom tune from Alpine Shop's service center
A perfect example of something needing a Custom Tune. If the customer does the Basic Tune, all those scratch lines will still be there, the edges won’t be perfect and the base would be dry.

Precision Ski or Snowboard Tune:

Our highest level of service in package form. Stone grind, Base beveling/flattening, base and side edge beveling/sharpening, ptex and a race/hot wax and race polish.

And just what does all this mean?

Stone grinding: This process flattens the ski base, removes damaged base material and gives skis and boards a better surface for wax to adhere to for a smoother, faster ride.

Base beveling/flattening: This means we’re shaping the bottom of your gear to work perfectly for your personal style on the slopes.

Side edge beveling/sharpening: The most important thing for maneuverability is for your ski or snowboard edges to be smooth – like a fine knife – not the serrated kind. We make sure your edges are smooth, sharp and angled precisely to match your riding style.

Ptex: We use ptex to repair gouges or other damage done to the base of your gear. Without the repairs done, your skis or board can’t perform the way they’re meant to on the slopes.

Is your base drying out? Alpine Shop's hot wax treatment can take care of that.
See the white lines in the base? That’s the base drying out. This board needs a tune with a HOT WAX.

Hot Wax: The difference between hot wax and machine wax is like deciding between an economy set of new tires or a performance rated set of tires. Both will have your car performing better, but there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the ride. The same holds true here. A hot wax treatment will be customized to the type and temperature of the conditions you’ll ski in. It will also protect your base better and be more durable than a machine wax. For this reason, if your gear’s base appears to be drying out (see pic on the right) we will recommend a hot wax treatment. A machine wax, meanwhile, is much better than nothing at all, but we can’t give you the best ride possible with it.

The Precision Tune is for the customer who wants the ultimate experience on his gear at all time. This tune makes skis and boards as close to new as possible. Guaranteed to be fast and sharp.

Sharpen & Wax Package:

Our best value: Base beveling/flattening, base and side edge beveling/sharpening, and machine wax.
For the customer who want to save bank but needs that next level of service. This tune will cleanup and polish the base while flattening it and make those edges sharp, sharp, sharp. If the base looks dry (see pic above) we will recommend you upgrade to a Hot Wax.

Alpine Shop's Service Center can handle Ptex & epoxy repairs
An example of a ptex repair. If the gouge/scratch is down to the core it will need epoxy.


Ptex/Epoxy Base or Topsheet Repair:

For those times when the snow isn’t perfect and you smoke a rock/rail or fellow skier. This service starts at $15 and goes up depending on what is needed to completely repair your ski or snowboard.

Have other questions? Give us a call at 314-962-7715. We’ll be happy to help you out however we can.

*Oh and the other most important thing you can do to ensure a good experience on the slopes: Get a good, professionally fit pair of boots.

Got Old Gear to Sell? Swap Check-In Begins Saturday!

Alpine Shop’s 25th Annual Winter Swap is a combination of a consignment sale, a Winter Pre-Season Sale and a Summer Clearance, all wrapped up into one BIG event  at our Kirkwood and Columbia locations.

What started out 25 years ago as an opportunity for our customers to outfit their entire family on a budget has turned into the Midwest’s Largest Consignment Sale for Outdoor Gear.

You can sell gear and clothing from any season of the year, provided it meets our standards. All gear will be safety checked before it is allowed in the Swap and Alpine Shop reserves the right to refuse any items for any reason we see fit. (For full information, please visit the official site here.)

Consignment sale check-in begins Saturday, October 13 at noon in both Kirkwood and Columbia, and continues through Thursday, Oct. 18.

 

A Super-Sized Pint Night Arrives October 11

Schlafly Beer presents the biggest Al-Pint Night we’ve ever offered – literally! For the first time ever, we’ve managed to convince the wonderful people at  STANLEY and Smartwool to provide STANLEY’s 24oz Adventure Vacuum Steins for us to use at a pint night.

Mark your calendars! Schlafly Beer, Smartwool, and STANLEY are pleased to welcome you to the Kirkwood Alpine Shop on Thursday, October 11 from 6-8:30 pm to benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Bring your family and friends, because we will have a dog costume contest, picture booth, Live Music with Kristen Goodman, the TBD food truck, raffles for Smartwool and STANLEY products, and adoptions available! This is going to be a blast!

Here’s how it works: From 6-8:30 PM, we have a total of 200 limited-edition steel 24oz Adventure Vacuum Steins from STANLEY for just $20. (We have never offered the 24oz Stanley Steins!)(Note:You can only purchase one at a time) Plus, each purchase comes with a 16oz pour of craft Schlafly Beer and a ticket for one refill.

We’ll also have special deals on Smartwool and STANLEY products throughout the night. (And nothing beats some merino wool socks or sweaters from Smartwool and a warm STANLEY mug as the weather keeps getting colder!)

We do recommend bringing your own chairs and hanging out with us in our “corral” area in front of our building. We’ll have fire pits in full force.

All profits from the sales of the Steins and raffles will benefit Stray Rescue of St Louis. Last year, the 16oz Stanley pints sold out. We’ve added a significant number to our order this year, but we do encourage you to arrive early!

Trail Run Series 18- Race 4 Results | Stewart Repeats with Fastest Pace in ORRL Record Books

BALLWIN, Mo. – The 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series ended with the traditional running of the Grand Staircase – and a feat never before achieved in the nine-year history of the Off-Road Racing League.

Justin Stewart (Springfield, Ill.) dominated Race 4 with a final pace of 5:45 per mile, breaking the previous record of 5:55 set by George Price in August of 2017.

For the second consecutive week, temperatures dropped in to the 70s for the race, although the humidity from rains earlier in the week didn’t make things exactly comfortable for competitors. This week’s course featured only climb; but what a climb it was – the park’s Grand Staircase. It was no trouble at all for first-place finisher Justin Stewart (Springfield, Ill., 30) who won for the second straight week. Stewart knocked a full 10 seconds off the fastest pace per mile record in the Trail Run Series books, finishing the 3.6 mile course in a time of 20:42.5, a pace of 5:45 per mile. He was followed to the finish line by Benjamin Hudson (St. Louis, 32) with a time of 21:54.3 and Daniel Welch (Clayton, 27), who was 10 seconds behind Hudson (22:05.1)

For the overall series, Hudson took first place with a total of 54 points (two first place finishes: 15 points each, and two second place finishes: 12 points each). Welch and Jon-Paul LaVenture (Ballwin, Mo., 36) tied for second over the four races, both with 40 points each. Stewart, in only two races, was in fourth with 30 points.

Jamie Maher (St. Louis), on her way to her second career victory at the Trail Run Series.

On the women’s side, Jamie Maher (St. Louis, 35) grabbed her second career Trail Run Series win with a time of 27:02.1. (Maher also won race three of the 2017 series.) She beat a woman with two wins herself earlier this month, Hannah Floyd (St. Louis, 32), who finished in 27:42.9. Third place went to another familiar name in the top three from last week, Julia Grunloh (St. Louis, Mo.)

For the series, flip the top two finishers, with Floyd taking home the four-race crown with 52 points (two wins, one second place finish and one third place result). Maher ended up in second place with 35 points and Grunloh took third with 31.

Chris Martel (Webster Groves, Mo.) on the bluffs of the Meramec River pushing towards his eighth straight Masters category win at the Trail Run Series.

For the Masters category, the 2018 Series was thoroughly dominated by two incredible athletes, Chris Martel (Webster Groves, Mo., 52) on the men’s side, and Susan Richmond (pictured below, Eureka, Mo., 57) for the women. Both of these athletes completed 2018 in the same way they went through the 2017 series – with four straight wins. For the last two years, these two runners have won the masters category in every race.

Women’s Masters champion, Susan Richmond (Eureka, Mo.), cruising to her eighth straight category win in the series, going back to 2017.

Martel and Richmond obviously both won their respective categories. The rest of the men’s side has an interesting twist, though. The top three finishers on the men’s Masters side finished in the exact same order in all three races. Eric Buckley (St. Louis, 55) who, incidentally, began competing in the Trail Run Series during the inaugural season in 2010, and Keith Lyston (Chesterfield, Mo., 52) took second and third behind Martel in all four races.

On the women’s side, the results were similar, but not quite as static as the men’s division. Rachel Hartmann (St. Louis, 52) and Sophia Lin (Chesterfield, Mo. 59) took second and third, respectively.

Alpine Shop was also proud to honor 71-year-old Lolle Boettcher (Owensville, Mo.), who finished in the top 10 of the masters women division in all four races while also being tied for the oldest woman in the race; and 74-year-old Randall Hill (Fairview Heights, Ill.), the oldest participant in the series, who has also competed in the Trail Run Series for each of the past seven years. Congratulations to both runners, and to all the participants of the 2018 Trail Run Series.

Overall Results – Preliminary (08/30/18 9 pm)
Age Group Results – Delayed
Photos- Facebook

Trail Run Series 18 – Race 3 Results

BALLWIN, MO. – For only the second time in Alpine Shop’s Trail Run Series history, a runner dropped below the six-minute/mile pace mark as Justin Stewart of Springfield, Ill., dominated in his first ever appearance in an Off-Road Racing League event.

Justin Stewart (Springfield, Ill.) becomes just the second runner in Trail Run Series history to break the six-minute/mile pace barrier on his way to a win in race 3.

Featuring a rare night with temperatures in the 70s and a course that featured only one main climb, race directors expected fast times; what they received was the second-fastest recorded pace ever. Stewart (30), with an average mile pace of 5:59 over the 3.9 mile course, just missed the record pace of 5:55 set last year by George Price in August last year. Stewart’s total time was 23:22.0, beating Benjamin Hudson (St. Louis, 32), the winner of the first two races of the 2018 series, by just over 43 seconds to the finish line (24:05.2). Jon-Paul LaVenture (Ballwin, Mo. 36) crossed the line just 16 seconds later (24:21.5) to take third.

Hannah Floyd, on her way to her second win of the 2018 Trail Run Series.

On the women’s side, Hannah Floyd (St. Louis, 32) won her second race of the 2018 series with a time of 30:04.3. Katherine O’Brien (St. Louis, 28), improved on her third place finish in race one to grab a second place finish on this night with a time of 30:54.7, just 50 seconds behind Floyd. Julia Grunloh (St. Louis, 30) rounded out the top three, improving from a fifth place finish in race one, with a time of 31:26.4.

Chris Martel crosses Kiefer Creek on his way to his seventh straight Masters win in the Trail Run Series.

Chris Martel (Webster Groves, Mo., 52) won his seventh straight Masters competition (50+) in the Trail Run Series with a time of 26:14.3. He was trailed by, once again, Eric Buckley (St. Louis, 55) with a time of 28:13.0. And in familiar fashion, rounding out the top three was Keith Lyston (Chesterfield, Mo., 52) just over two minutes behind him (30:06.6).

Susan Richmond hits Kiefer Creek on her way to her seventh straight Masters win during Race 3 of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series.

On the women’s Masters side, Susan Richmond (Eureka, Mo., 57) won her seventh straight Masters race with a time of 34:46.7. Rachel Hartmann (St. Louis, 52) moved up a spot from third place last week to second on this course (39:07.1) followed by a new entrant into the top three, Cheryl Laux (Ballwin, 53) who was forty seconds behind Hartmann.

The first 150 series racers to arrive at this third race of the 2018 Trail Race Series all received free pairs of FITS Sock Co. Light Runners Socks. Four lucky participants also received pairs of Hoka One One and Altra Running trail runners.

At next week’s finale for the 2018 series, Alpine Shop is pleased to welcome both Hoka One One and Altra Running to Castlewood State Park where both brands will have demo shoes on hand for all racers to try out.

Overall Results – Preliminary (Updated 08/23/18 9 pm)
Age Group Results – Preliminary (Updated 08/23/18 9 pm)
Photos- Facebook
Point Totals – After Three Races

Trail Run Series – Race 2! Wet Week Can’t Rain on Trail Series Parade

Note: This post originally appeared on the Off-Road Racing League site, home to Alpine Shop’s competitive but beginner-friendly race series, at www.offroadracingleague.com.

BALLWIN, MO. – Wet weather earlier in the week couldn’t knock Race 2 of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series off of Castlewood State Park’s trails. However, a combination of the three “H’s” will make this race one that the record 248 people who finished the course will brag about for years to come – and by the three H’s we mean: hills, heat and humidity.

The course is one of the most difficult you can tackle in at Castlewood, featuring an immediate 15% grade climb out of the valley and to the top of the bluff and the River Scene Trail. Following one of the most exciting descents in the park on the Lone Wolf Trail, runners faced their second climb that grades out at 12% up the Midway/Office Connector Trail. Race officials listed the course as a total of 4 miles. Add in starting time temps still registering near 90 degrees and a valley saturated from two days of rain… yeah, the three H’s.

Benjamin Hudson running in Trail Run Series
Benjamin Hudson (St. Louis, 32) runs along the bluffs of the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park on his way to winning Race 2 of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Benjamin Hudson (St. Louis, 32) won his second race in as many weeks, finishing the course in 27:21.6 with Jon-Paul LaVenture (Ballwin, Mo., 37), last week’s third place finisher, moving up to second place this week just 20 seconds behind. Daniel Welch (Clayton, Mo., 27), who took second last week, rounded up the top three just 16 seconds back of LaVenture.

Sunny Gilbert (Ellisville, 39) powers out of Kieffer Creek on her way to her division win in Race 2 of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series.

Sunny Gilbert (Ellisville, Mo., 39) made her debut for 2018 in familiar fashion, winning the women’s division in a time of 30:53.7, continuing her domination in the Trail Run Series. Since the Series started in 2010, Gilbert has won every race in which she has competed. Second place went to newcomer Noa Heter (38), just 11 seconds back. Hannah Floyd (St. Louis, 32), last week’s winner, took home third place this week in a time of 34:38.6. In the Overall race standings, Gilbert and Heter finished in seventh and ninth place, respectively.

Chris Martel (at left, St. Louis, 52) makes his way into the creek before winning his sixth straight masters division win in the Alpine Shop Trail Run Series.

The Men’s Masters division standings look like a photo copy of last week’s results. Chris Martel (Webster Groves, Mo., 52) once more one his age group with his sixth straight victory going back to last year’s series with a time of 29:35. Eric Buckley (St. Louis, 55) finished second in the division at 33:11.7, and Keith Lyston (Chesterfield, Mo., 52) crossed the archway in 35:41.1.

Susan Richmond, the masters women’s division champion for the sixth straight race, makes her way through Kieffer Creek on her way to the finish line.

A similar situation played out on the Women’s Masters side, with the same three women grabbing top three finishes, but with positions flipped. Susan Richmond (Eureka, Mo., 57) , like Martel, won her sixth straight race going back to 2017 with a time of 41:18.1. Sophia Lin, (Chesterfield, Mo., 59) moved from third last week to second this time with a time of 47:05.8, and Rachel Hartmann (St. Louis, 52) rounds out the scoring with a time of 47:56.6.

Two lucky racers were treated to pairs of Altra Running Footwear as winners in the prize drawings, while everyone had the chance to grab some Urban Chestnut Brewing Company beers, food and other prizes, including hats from The North Face.

Next week, FITS Socks Co. will be at the races with 150 pairs of their terrific running socks to give away. More details to come on Monday, August 20.

Overall Results – Preliminary (Updated 08/16/18 9 pm)
Age Group Results – Preliminary (Updated 08/16/18 9 pm)
Photos- Facebook

 

Trail Run Series ’18 – Race 1 Complete… Three More to Go!

Note: This post originally appeared on the Off-Road Racing League site, home to Alpine Shop’s competitive but beginner-friendly race series, at www.offroadracingleague.com.

BALLWIN, MO – Alpine Shop’s Trail Run Series kicked off it’s ninth year of races on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Castlewood State Park with a record 237 finishers on the course.

The approximately 4 mile race featured one main climb up Castlewood’s Grotpeter Trail and a crossing of Kieffer Creek as the racers headed into the final three-quarters of a mile to the finish line.

Benjamin Hudson crosses a creek in Trail Run
Overall winner Benjamin Hudson crosses Kieffer Creek in the first run of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series at Castlewood State Park

Benjamin Hudson (St. Louis, 32) blazed to his first victory in his first appearance at an Off-Road Racing League event with a time of 24:32.9 over the 4.1 mile course. Another newcomer, Daniel Welch (Clayton, Mo., 27), took second just under 30 seconds behind Hudson (24:52.0) with last year’s overall third-place points finisher Jon-Paul LaVenture (Ballwin, Mo., 37). taking third in this race as well with a time of 25:02.2.

Women's division winner Hannah Floyd (at right, #59) closely pursued by second-place finisher Jaime Maher (#146), along with Dennis Martin (#156) at the creek crossing on the 4.1 mile course.
Women’s division winner Hannah Floyd (at right, #59) closely pursued by second-place finisher Jaime Maher (#146), along with Dennis Martin (#156) at the creek crossing on the 4.1 mile course.

On the women’s side, Hannah Floyd (St. Louis, 32) took home the top spot for her best finish since taking second in last year’s opening race. Her time of 30:48.7 beat out second place finisher Jaime Maher (31:07.3, St. Louis, 35) and third place runner Katherine O’Brien (31:16.1, St. Louis, 28) by just under 30 seconds.

Masters winner Chris Martel salutes the camera on his way to a first place finish in the over 50 division.
Masters winner Chris Martel salutes the camera on his way to a first place finish in the over 50 division.

For the masters competition (which for Off-Road Racing League purposes is 50 years old +), Chris Martel (Webster Groves, Mo., 52) continued his domination of the age group with his fifth straight victory (sixth place overall) in the Series after placing first in the masters category in every single race last August. Long-time participant Eric Buckley (St. Louis, 55) earned a top 10 finish overall while also finishing second in the age group at 28:20.6. Rounding out the top three was Keith Lyston (Chesterfield, Mo., 52) just under three minutes behind him.

Women's Masters winner Susan Richmond on her way to her fifth straight Trail Run Series victory in the 50+ division
Women’s Masters winner Susan Richmond on her way to her fifth straight Trail Run Series victory in the 50+ division

Women’s masters was a similar affair to the men’s race with Susan Richmond (Eureka, Mo., 57) winning her fifth straight race after sweeping the series in 2017. Her time of 37:06.9 was more than three minutes faster than second-place Rachel Hartmann’s (St. Louis, 52) who finished the trails in 40:52.4. Sophia Lin, (Chesterfield, Mo., 59) a constant herself in the top five in 2017, rounds out the top three in 42:09.5.

After the race, participants were treated to a selection of Urban Chestnut Beer Company’s fine beer, along with tastings of WellBeing Brewery’s non-alcoholic beer. Two lucky winners also took home pairs of certificates for a free pair of Hoka One One trail runners, courtesy of the brand which was on-site providing demo shoes for participants during the run. Other vendors at the race included Off-Road Racing League sponsors The North Face and Terrain Magazine. Giveaways continue all series long throughout August!

Race 2 of the 2018 Alpine Shop Trail Run Series will take place right back at Castlewood State Park on Thursday, August 16 at 6:15 pm (weather permitting)!

Overall Results (Preliminary v2)
Age Group Results (Preliminary v2)
Point Series Totals (After Race 1)
Photos (Facebook)

2018 KT82 Race Report

 

Heading East to West from St. Louis to Hermann, Mo., on the 2018 KT82.

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Alpine Shop employees, along with friends and family took off an an 82 mile relay run from St. Louis County to Hermann, Mo., in the Go! Missouri KT82 Trail relay.

The Leg Chart for the 2018 KT82. Runner #1 has legs 1, 7 and 13; Runner #2 has legs 2, 8 and 14, and so on.

Alpine Shop Marketing Director, Todd Oswald, Bike and Snowsports Hardgoods Buyer Mike Morin, along with outfitters Steve Worthy and Ann Mangin, and Chad Arnett and Sean Badock began the day at 4:45 am to start their journey from Parkway North High School in Creve Coeur, Mo. This is the third straight year Team Alpine Shop has participated in the KT82, which features six different runners each tackling total distances approximating a half-marathon over three separate legs on the longest Rail-to-Trail conversion in the United States – the Katy Trail.

Team Alpine Shop at the Starting Line for the 2018 KT82 Trail Relay. From left: Ann Mangin, Sean Badock, Chad Arnett, Mike Morin, Todd Oswald, Steve Worthy

Summer came quickly to the midwest in 2018. After a mid-April snowstorm kept winter holding on well into our normal spring, Mother Nature switched immediately into deep summer by early May with some of the hottest temperatures ever for the month. By the time the safety meetings for the KT82 happened at the end of May, all participants were concerned with weather reports indicating high temps in the mid-90s for the race.

The day bloomed warm and humid as the team set out from the track at Parkway North, but not overwhelming so, thankfully. By mid-morning, the humidity had reached its saturation point, however, and a race-pausing thunderstorm descended on the more than thousand runners spread out along the course.

The logjam of people at Exchange 7 as we wait for the go ahead to return to the trails.
The traffic jam that developed as the race was forced into a delay by a thunderstorm that rolled through around 10:30 am.

The storm would thankfully keep the temperatures from ever reaching into the 90s, but the cloud cover also dissipated, leaving runners to deal with the sun – and still considerable heat – for much of the afternoon.

The KT82 is a combination of hard physical effort out on the course followed by hours of downtime and socialization in between runs. Then repeat. The race becomes a favorite for many participants, not because of the runs – although the sense of accomplishment is very real – but mainly because of the fun and craziness of putting six people of varying states of exhaustion together in a vehicle for more than 12 hours together (provided you have a good team, I guess, which we’ve been lucky enough to have.)

The scene at Exchange 13 in Dutzow, Mo. At times, the crowds can make it difficult to actually make the exchange!

It’s also a combination of the most social run you’ll ever be a part of as well as the most isolated run you’ll ever do. The Exchange Zones are jam packed with people all day long. On this day, because of the storm, even more teams than usual were at the same exchange zones throughout the day. You become with friends with teams you’re leapfrogging with all day long as certain runners finish faster followed by a slower runner on the next leg. But when you get out on the course, it’s not unusual to have more than a half mile between participants. For runners who thrive on sticking with a pack, it can be an extremely lonely race.

A van full of food and drink for six runners.

The hardest part of the race for many is figuring out what, and how much, to eat and drink throughout the day to keep your energy levels as high as possible for your runs. Unlike a standard marathon where, for many runners, we can cruise on auto-pilot for the middle five to six miles after a three or four mile warm-up, and then just try and hold on for the final 5k; in the KT82, your first leg may be three miles, followed by a two and a half hour wait. Then seven miles. Stretch. Rest for two more hours. Run another five miles.

But as the team makes the final climb up over the Highway 19 bridge over the Missouri River into Hermann and all six runners meet up for the final quarter mile together, the struggles of the day quickly fade in the glow of the celebration at Hermann City Park.

Gear used that is available at Alpine Shop:
Yeti CoolersRoadie 20 Cooler, Tundra 65 Cooler, Hopper 30 Soft Cooler
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Runners – for single track trail
FITS SocksPerformance Trail Quarter Socks
Chaco Z1 Sandals – for in between runs
The North Face – Better than Naked Running T-Shirts
Alpine Shop Off-Road Racing League Race Shirts
Salomon Speedcross Trail Runners
Hoka One OneChallenger ATR 4
Saxx 2N1 Kinetic Run Shorts (not yet available at Alpine Shop, but check back soon – they’re awesome!)