For the most part, competitive trail running in the US is perceived to bias heavily toward the West Coast, with many of its marquee races and popular training hubs lying left of the Mississippi. This imbalance has stoked a gentle sense of rivalry in trail runners who call the East Coast home, an underdog mentality that many — including this week’s guest, New York native and athlete for The North Face, Sarah Keyes — have turned into fuel.
Sarah recently punched her ticket to Innsbruck, Austria to represent the US as part of their Long Distance team at this year’s World Mountain Championships, a spot she earned with a podium finish at the Lake Sonoma 50 in Northern California. We talk about what it’s like living and training in the Adirondacks year-round; East Coast vs. West Coast trail running scenes; the upcoming World Mountain Running Championships in Innsbruck, Austria; the latest hits (and misses) in her kitchen; and much more.
TOPICS & TIMES:
- Sarah’s Background & the Adirondacks (1:53)
- East Coast vs. West Coast Trail Scenes (14:14)
- Race Directing and Weed Whacking (19:48)
- ITRA (27:05)
- Making the US Long Distance Team (35:07)
- Joining The North Face (38:25)
- Pastry Making (41:50)
- International Racing (44:11)