For the Grit and the Glory

Ben Nephew

Ben Nephew
Primary sport (s): Trail running, Ultrarunning, Mountain running, Snowshoe running, Spartan racing.
Team member since: 2004
City/state of residence: Mansfield, MA
Occupation: Research Professor
Goals for 2013: Run a few interesting FKT’s, top 3 at IAU Trail Championship in Wales, win a few races with CR’s.Notable achievements/memories/PR’s in your sport: 6th at the IAU World Trail Championship and 11th at the IAU World Road 50k Trophy in 2011. CR at the Escarpment Trail Race, FKT’s for the Devil’s Path in the Catskills, and Presidential Traverse and the Pemi Loop in the White Mountains.Favorite inov-8 gear: Road X 233 and 255, Roclite 318 GTX, Terrafly 313 GTX, Trailroc 245 and 255.

List one thing others may not know about you: I spent the first month of my life in an incubator in Montreal after getting a ride in a US Air Force helicopter from northern NY 10 minutes after being born. Apparently it was an emergency.

Your favorite race/event and why? The 2011 IAU World Trail Championships in Connemara Ireland. It was the first time I have seen a trail eat a person, I learned that grass can grow on a vertical surface, I experienced an uphill bog, and I witnessed someone rowing down a mountain. From a competition standpoint, I had the strongest race of my life on the exact day I wanted it. Between the people and the landscape, Connemara is an incredible part of Ireland.

Advice to other athletes: Don’t waste your time on events that do not suit your strengths. It is much more enjoyable to compete at an event where you use your absolute potential. Miracles rarely occur on race day; your training should be at a level which makes your race goal a logical result, and not dependent on a vast improvement on race day.

Favorite Shoe:Road-X 233 road-x 233 grey red 200

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