Jake Kilgore Trial Running

Jake Kilgore is the race director of the DC Peaks 50 that has an epic story this year, ending in NYT headlines ’87 Rescued From ‘Near-Whiteout’ Conditions During Utah Ultramarathon.  Speaking of stories, Jake is also author of the book Trial Running: Learning Perseverance Through Life’s Aid Stations. You heard right “TRIAL running”.  Jake and his trail running has some very interesting roots, twists and unexpected outcomes. It was his time in Federal Prison where much of his trail running dreams were manifested.


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In Today’s Show

  • Interview with Jake Kilgore
  • Endurance News
    • PTO Press Release Gustav Iden is poised to be crowned as PTO World No. 1 for 2021
    • IRONAN Arizona
    • Inaugural Challenge Malta will take place May 2022
    • Wattie Ink is now Spaero Triathlon
  • What’s new in the 303
    • Weekly Spin and Inside Tracker
  • Coaches Corner and TriDot
  • Videos of the Week


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Interview with Jake Kilgore

Setup quote from IRunFar: https://www.irunfar.com/what-really-happened-at-the-2021-dc-peaks-50-mile-race


As race day approached, a poor weather forecast developed, predicting significant precipitation via rain and/or snow depending on the altitude. The National Weather Service, for example, instructed hunters and outdoor recreationists to be prepared for winter conditions in the Utah mountains. This type of storm is not unusual for the month of October — and even the second half of September — in this geography, the tops of mountains.


On Saturday, October 9, at 5:30 a.m., the race started off as planned in Kaysville, Utah. This town is just north of Salt Lake City in Davis County, the namesake of DC in the race name. Runners were excited for this autumn ultra, to run a rugged course that traversed the mountain range above the northern Salt Lake City suburbs, including Francis Peak and Bountiful Peak. The more prepared runners had seen the weather forecast and knew the event’s high passages, and packed their running vests accordingly with jackets and gloves, some even bringing pants as a precaution.


Kelly Sparks, the Davis County Sheriff, spoke about the shock it was to get a call of this magnitude.


“It’s pretty rare, in our part of the country, to get a call that so many people are in need of assistance. We usually deal with groups of twos and threes. We got the call at about 9:30 a.m. that there were runners out on this high altitude course that needed assistance. We sent some SAR people on foot, some on snowmobile, and some on four-wheelers. Some went from the front of the course going forward, and others went from the midpoint backtracking. We needed to ensure everyone could get off safely.”


When asked about the characterization in the initial media reports of runners being lost, Sheriff Sparks stated, “I don’t think anyone was lost at that time, but the [race directors] realized that it could become a real situation, with the blowing snow and visibility. We needed to get people to a warm environment as fast as possible.”


The DC Peaks 50 blizzard and athlete rescue is just the tip of the iceberg of this story.  You have to understand where this this story starts with Jake Kilgore as a CEO of a major motorize wheelchair company and the journey to ultra trail running.


Let’s talk to Jake Kilgore.



There are ton of details about Jake’s experience that we did not get to:


Kilgore, Jake. Trial Running: Learning Perseverance Through Life’s Aid Stations (p. 41). Kindle Edition.

The doctor’s office is left with an Orbit prescription pad in order to make the referral process simple. This pad contains checkboxes and fields for the medical professional to order supplies and materials based on a patient’s needs. Many reps would make minor changes to this prescription pad and other paperwork—adding a missed checkbox, filling in a date, or writing in “ninety-nine months” when the length of need is overlooked. Everyone knew it. The owners knew it, I knew it, and our internal reviewers knew it. Although this behavior was not permitted, everyone viewed these actions as not a big deal—and certainly not criminal.



Kilgore, Jake. Trial Running: Learning Perseverance Through Life’s Aid Stations (p. 36). Kindle Edition.

I used every Sunday for a one-on-one phone call with each of my four kids, rotating through them oldest to youngest, one Sunday at a time. This was the best I could do to keep a close, private, trusted relationship with each child. I dedicated all fifteen minutes to that one child. If you only had fifteen private minutes a month, being recorded by the government, what would you ask your child? What would you talk about? Inmates were charged roughly three bucks for their fifteen minutes.


Kilgore, Jake. Trial Running: Learning Perseverance Through Life’s Aid Stations (p. 50). Kindle Edition.

We heard the whispers, we saw the looks of “That’s Jake Kilgore. The one who’s going to prison soon. His poor wife and kids. Sad that his greed and unlawful conduct would do that to them.” We heard it all. We saw it all.



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Endurance News:



Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that Gustav Iden is poised to be crowned as PTO World No. 1 for 2021. In his victory in Florida over the weekend at his first long-distance race, Iden scored 107.23 PTO World Ranking Points, the second highest score for a full-distance race in 2021, just below the stellar performance of 2x World Champion Patrick Lange at Tulsa, where Lange scored 108.88 PTO World Ranking Points. Combined with Iden’s 110.18 points scored at the IM 70.3 World Championship® and the 111.34 points he scored at The Collins Cup, this gives Iden a nearly unassailable average of 109.62 PTO World Ranking Points.


With Jan Frodeno, PTO World No. 2, announcing that he is not expected to race again this season, Iden is set to finish the season as PTO World No. 1. This will be the first year since the PTO Rankings began in 2016 that Frodeno has not been PTO World No. 1 and might signal that the Changing of the Guard has well and truly begun.


The PTO World Rankings are based on the average number of PTO World Ranking Points that an athlete has earned for their three best races in 2021. Frodeno’s best three races are 112.86 points at The Collins Cup, 107.51 points at Challenge Miami and 88.10 points at Challenge Gran Canaria, giving him an average of 102.82 PTO World Rankings Points. Should Frodeno decide to race again before December 31 and was to score 108.52 or more PTO World Rankings Points, he would reclaim the PTO World No. 1 ranking.


Ironman Arizona


Thursday, Nov. 19

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village Opens – Tempe Beach Park

Friday, Nov. 20

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village Opens – Tempe Beach Park

Media Credential pick up time and location will be coordinated upon approval of credentials. Please contact press@ironman.com for additional information.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies – Tempe Beach Park

Saturday, Nov. 20

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village Opens – Tempe Beach Park

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Bike Check-in – Transition Area

10:00 a.m. – IRONKIDS Arizona Fun Run – Tempe Beach Park

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Practice Swim – Tempe Beach Park

Sunday, Nov. 21 – Race Day

5:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. – Transition area open – Tempe Beach Park

6:45 a.m. – Select Blinds IRONMAN Arizona Age Group Rolling Start – Tempe Beach Park

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village Opens – Tempe Beach Park

Approx. 3:00 p.m. – First finisher expected at the finish line

Approx. 11:30 p.m. – IRONMAN Race Ends (*17 hours after the last athlete enters the water)


Challenge Family Announces Challenge Malta for Early 2022

November 12, 2021


The Mediterranean island of Malta has been announced as the latest destination in Challenge Family’s global triathlon series. The inaugural Challenge Malta will take place on Sunday 15 May 2022 with a 113km coast-to-coast course that includes the country’s most spectacular scenery.

12 November 2021./ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The Mediterranean island of Malta was today announced as the latest destination in Challenge Family’s global triathlon series. The inaugural Challenge Malta will take place on Sunday 15 May 2022 with a 113km coast-to-coast course that includes the country’s most spectacular scenery.


Malta packs a glorious variety into its small archipelago. Malta’s landscape contrasts rocky stretches of coast that end in dizzying limestone cliffs with sheltered bays that hide crystal-clear water and red-gold beaches. Combine that with its exotic mix of Italian, French, British and Arabic influences in both architecture and cuisine along with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and Malta is an exciting new destination for the long distance triathlon world.


Wattie Ink is now Spaero Triathlon

Spaero Triathlon, a California-based triathlon apparel brand formerly known as Wattie Ink, has announced its new brand name. The newly branded Spaero Triathlon is also rolling out a new line of advanced technical triathlon gear and an ambassador team program.


“We already have a stellar reputation for technical, high quality performance apparel,” said CEO Ryan Cady. “We are continuing to build on that foundation by working with some of the most advanced fabrics that deliver improved thermal regulation and superior aerodynamics.


“I can’t wait to bring these new products to market with a new look and feel. We’re committed to taking triathlon training and racing apparel to the next level that will put athletes at every level at an advantage.”


The new Spaero Triathlon ambassador team is comprised of elite and age-group squads. These ambassadors receive a wide range of benefits including custom apparel, training resources from human performance experts and professional athletes, exclusive event experiences, rewards, and perks from other prestigious brands.


“Spaero Triathlon is an evolution for us,” added Cady. “We’ve been producing top quality triathlon gear for the last eight years. Current market research tells us that high performance gear for triathletes at all levels is in high demand.


“We’ve been elevating our product development for a while and this rebrand is a great opportunity to showcase the technical performance of our product line.”


Spaero Triathlon will continue to be manufactured in the company’s two wholly owned and operated facilities in San Diego, CA and Mexicali, MEX.



What’s New in the 303:


Colorado State Cyclocross Championships – Nov 20th & 21st

The 2021 Colorado cyclocross season all comes down to this, the event where we crown the best in the state!  This year the Colorado State Championships heads back north to the oldest venue in the state, a venue that got it’s start back in 1999.  Over the years this venue has been home to some iconic cyclocross action, earning the nickname, the “Bowl of Death”



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Coaches Corner:


I have been using TriDot as an athlete for several months now.  The more experience I have with it, the more I’ve come to appreciate how effective the training has been for me as an athlete.  It’s made me question how effective my designed training plans are compared to what TriDot provides. 


I design training plans and workouts based on my knowledge of my athlete, what I assess they are capable of, my training philosophy and what I think is the best future training based on what the athlete has achieved in the past.   Summing this up.  I’m taking all of an athlete’s training data, combined with the filter of my professional training as a coach, my experience as an athlete and a coach, and my philosophies to create the perfect future workouts and training cycles.


My crisis is admitting that my training plans are limited by my experience and filters. TriDot is using millions of records from tens of thousands of athletes to make hundreds of calculations to design the perfect workout and training plan.  It then automatically adjusts based on your training and if you miss a workout. 


I am signing up to be a TriDot coach because I believe the platform is that good.  But this has caused me to ask the question, what coaching services that am I providing do athletes value most in a coaching relationship? 


Question:  Bill, it’s been a while since either of us was actively coached, but question for you:  When you accomplished your goal, what services did you appreciate the most? 


Here’s a list of typical coaching services.  I’ll read the list and you tell me what your top 5 and maybe what would be really low on your list.  That work?


  1. Assessing current fitness and realistic goals
  2. Designing a perfect training plan
  3. Adjust and redesign training for life events or injuries
  4. Test and establish athletes training zones
  5. Provide inspiration and encouragement
  6. Provide feedback and accountability for training compliance
  7. Teach best practices and safety during training
  8. Teach swim form, drills, bicycle handling and running form
  9. Teach strategies for mental resilience
  10. Assess hydration and nutrition needs and develop athlete specific strategies
  11. Teach how to setup devices to be congruent with training workouts and compatible with athletes gear


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Marianne Martin is the first woman to win the Tour de France in 1978. 

Marianne Martin (born November 1, 1957 in Fenton, Michigan) is an American road racing cyclist. She won the first Tour de France for women in 1984, covering the 616-mile course in 29 hours, 39 minutes, and 2 seconds. The race was held in July and had 18 stages. The women’s tour ran the same time as the men’s and finished 2–3 hours before the men each day.[1][2]


The year she won the Tour de France Martin suffered from anemia earlier in that year and had been riding poorly. At the race Martin took the lead after stage 14 where the race encountered the mountains. Martin was a good climber and never gave up the lead after that into Paris. The streets were said to contain more two million spectators watching the race.


Martin, along with runners up Heleen Hage (Dutch) and Deborah Shumway (American), stood on the podium with male champions Laurent Fignon, Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. Fignon’s prizes were valued at over $225,000 (adjusted to 2016). Martin was awarded a trophy and $1,000.[3]


Martin was inducted into the 2012 Boulder (Colorado) Sports Hall of Fame.[4]



Video Of The Week

When Mother Nature Says No | DC Peaks 50 Miler 2021


Aid Station Mentality: Enduring Life Challenge’s Through Ultra Running



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