Hawaii isn’t all beaches and coconut mojitos, it’s also the home of one of the world’s toughest multi-day run events. The Mauna to Mauna is a self supported (yep!) 7 day, 6 stage, 250km race across the big island of Hawaii. If that’s not tough enough, competitors had to cross 11 of the 13 climatic regions of the world from rugged lava to sandy beaches and open grassland...There was also a lot of rain.
Kusaga Athletic athlete Phillip Dernee was one of nutters to tackle this event, winning his age group and 10th overall...we asked him what drew him to this monster of an event?
If you are taking on the 10th anniversary of the UTA 100, you want everything to be perfect in the lead up to this arse kicking 100k’r. You don’t want a massive storm front with torrential rain that forces significant course changes and you definitely don’t want to be carrying a knee injury into the race.
Pip Candrick can laugh about it now but these issues were not the most serious challenges during her first UTA 100. We sat down with her post race.
There's a new podcast in town called Endurance FM and one of the first guests is co-founder Graham Ross. The podcast combines in-depth personal stories of people who live the endurance life - both sport and business.
Endurance FM said; "Is someone who gets off on 270km motor bike racing, Ironman triathlon or the Great Wall Marathon wired differently?
Bam! 2017 is here and 2016 is relegated to history, a ghost of the past.
I’ve been thinking a lot about 2016, reflecting on the year before the highlights dim in my memory. It was a remarkable year for many reasons, especially in sporting terms. 2016 has been called the year of the underdog, but I think that undermines or disguises what I believe is a subtle change transpiring across the globe.
“B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee”
B Corporation is recognised as the highest standard for social corporate responsibility. B Corps are a new type of corporation that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Recently I got my hands on a Kusaga Athletic singlet and I thought what better way to test it out than during the 56km Two Bays Trail Run, on the Mornington Peninsula.
I'm so glad I did, the singlet was and is incredibly comfortable, as much or more so than any other shirt/singlet I've worn whilst out running.
What if athletes ran the world?
Your job would be valued by how many chances you took and opportunities you seized rather than the amount of money you made. Determination, enthusiasm, and a willingness to do the unexpected would shape our society.
The other day as I ran my regular loop across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I noticed the guy in front of me wearing a marathon tee from a well known global finance company.
It proudly shouted 265,000 runners, 13 cities, 2014 (or similar, I didn’t have my phone with me to take a pic). I wonder if that company really thought through the impact those event shirts might have. Are they well made from a quality, sustainable fabric?
Climate change is a massive problem that needs smart solutions and it needs them now. It’s a complex enough problem for the experts & influencers, so what can we as mere mortals do that could possibly make a difference?
Well we asked ourselves that question two years ago.
Ask any parent, child, partner or friend of a start up founder and they’ll all tell you straight - start-ups are not for the faint-hearted.
Our start-up, Kusaga Athletic has developed four planet-friendly fabrics and those four little guys are my babies. I get about the same amount of sleep as I did with small children, worry as much, think of them and talk about them as much.