By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
One last hurrah before the end of the year. Runners, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat along the trails of Squaxin Park.
Just for folks playing along in the online shitstorm creation game a quick reminder: UTMB is not a monopoly, not even close.
The definition for a monopoly:
Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service.
UTMB is not controlling every single race out there, you are not forced to run their races. Their races aren’t the only option for you to enjoy trail running. They currently own 6 races in the North America and partner with a seventh (Western States).
Rock Candy Running, my race company, operates three. Rainshadow Running operated eight, Aravaipa has over fifty! on their annual calendar.
There’s plenty to complain, criticize and question about UTMB/Ironman’s partnership and operation, but spreading misinformation doesn’t help anyone’s case.
If “trail running is supposed to save the world”, we, claiming to be their voices and stewards, gotta do better.