Category: Running

Q&A with Author and Athlete Mina Samuels

Mina Samuels, author of  Run Like A Girl 365 Days: A Practical, Personal, Inspirational Guide for Women Athletes, on running, women and transformation


Were you always a runner?

I started running when I was 27. That’s twenty-six years ago now. I had taken a leave of absence from my law firm career and moved from Toronto (I’m Canadian) to New York to study for my Masters of Law. I started running a bit. One day, in the law library, I was talking to a woman I was hoping to become friends with and she asked about my running. I said, “Oh, I run ten, three or four times a week.” She seemed more impressed than I

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Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz 2019

November 9, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour will visit Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 9 with films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

The show kicks off at 7 pm. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects.

About Mountainfilm

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a …

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge 2019

October 18-20, 2019 • San Diego

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The San Diego Triathlon Challenge has raised funds that have allowed over 9,500 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line. For 26 years, this has been an event unlike any other in the world. Some call it uplifting, many call it life-changing. Everyone calls it #theBestDayInTri.

On October 18-20 this year, over 200 physically challenged athletes, 600 able-bodied athletes, celebrities and sports legends will complete a 1-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country, all in support of Team CAF!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, you help fund adaptive equipment, coaching, training, competition expenses and mentoring to challenged athletes around the world. If an athlete has the drive to compete and pursue an active lifestyle, we’re there to support them.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Last fall, $3.2 million was raised from …

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Quarry Crusher 2019

November 2, 2019 • Chula Vista

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Ever imagine running down into the middle of the earth and then climbing your way back out again?

The Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run is your chance to do just that as it is one of the most challenging and unique running events in the nation.

You’ll run or walk a route that winds down a 10% to 16% grade through hard rock cliffs to the floor of an operational quarry … then hump it back up to the finish line.

If you are up for the challenge, prepare yourself for magnificent landscapes — rarely open to the public — where you will experience breathtaking views of San Diego County.

On Saturday, November 2, Vulcan Materials Company will host its national series Quarry Crusher Run at the Chula Vista Quarry in San Diego County, California to benefit …

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Western States 100

Challenge and camaraderie

Words by Matt Johanson

Photos by Luis Escobar

One hundred miles of murderous terrain stretches out the field of Western States Endurance Run, but the legendary race still sees an occasional photo finish. Those in Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium in the late hours of June 29 witnessed a sprint for the ages.

After more than 18 hours of racing up and down Sierra Nevada mountains, top competitors Camelia Mayfield and Kaytlyn Gerbin raced the final quarter mile neck and neck. The pair electrified the midnight crowd with dueling kicks down the homestretch. As cowbells clanged and fans screamed, Mayfield edged Gerbin by a fraction of a second.

Then the two exhausted rivals joined the joyful post-race celebration that delights as much as the race demands, as euphoric athletes embrace family, their crew members and each other.

At Western States, challenge and camaraderie go hand in hand, …

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Donner Lake Triathlon 2019

July 20-21, 2019 • Truckee, CA

The Donner Lake Triathlon takes place over two days in July with a Sprint Distance Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlons taking place on Saturday, and the Olympic and Half Ironman Distance Triathlons and Aquabike, Duathlon events taking place on Sunday.

For years the Donner Lake Triathlon has been and remains the favorite triathlon of many. It’s no wonder as the event features an epic setting, a beautiful and challenging course, and is located very near Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

2019 also marks the 9th annual Donner Lake Kids Triathlon and the 7th annual Donner Lake Half Triathlon. New for 2019 organizers are offering a Duathlon (2-mile run, 24-mile bike, 6.5-mile run). They welcome you to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe so that you can experience one of the world’s best sporting playgrounds.

The Donner Lake Triathlon course showcases some of the most majestic …

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Radical Reels and Adventure Night 2019

September 20, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre September 20 at 7pm. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. You’ll enjoy the great line up of cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horse racing films this year.

Note: Before purchasing tickets be sure to check out the film ratings if this is a concern for younger audience members.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.

List of films:

  • Far Out – Kai Jones
  • Fast Horse
  • The Mirnavator
  • Ice & Palms
  • Viacruxis
  • The Moment
  • Life of Glide
  • Reel Rock 12: Break on Through

Visit for descriptions.

Tickets are now on sale at …

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Squaw Mountain Run 2019

Truckee, CA • July 27, 2019

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For the past 38 years, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6200’), the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer from Fiftyfifty brewery in Truckee are provided. Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic walk (hike with poles).

This event is a great for the whole family. Parents can hike will little ones on their backs and older kids feel super accomplished when they make it to the top on their own two feet. Everyone can go at their own pace to find their best challenge. …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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