Duncan Callahan lives and trains above 7,000’ in the rugged town of Gunnison, CO. Competitively ultra-running since 2007, Duncan resume includes two Leadville Trail 100 wins, a Moab 100 win, a Grand Mesa Ultra 50 and Spring Desert Ultra 50 win and multiple wins and top finishes through the years in other challenging trail races. When we asked him why he runs he told us there are many reasons; to move, to simplify, to be in the mountains, sage, tress, sun, rain, snow, heat and cold and to embrace all of these extremes. He sees endurance as a life-skill and loves to compete with himself and push through discomforts to reach the goals he has set before himself at the start of every new race season. During peak training season, you will find Callahan averaging 110 - 180 miles a week during his runs. Callahan trains and races in the new Vasque Pendulum. Read about Duncan’s latest adventure!
Photo courtesy Rock/Creek Outfitters
Duncan's races for this season:
- March 15 - 19 - Moab Training Camp - Moab, UT
- April 18 - 21 - UltrAspire Retreat - St George, UT
- May 22 - June 3 - Northwest Training Camp - Bend, OR and Winthrop, WA
- June 22 - 24 - Leadville Training Camp - Official Training Camp - Leadville, CO
- June 28 - 29 - Leadville Trail Marathon - Leadville, CO
- July 13 - 14 - Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler - Leadville, CO
- July 31 - August 3 - Summer OR - Salt Lake City, UT
- August 15 - 18 - Leadville 100 Miler - Leadville, CO
- August 30 - 31 - Race For Freedom 5km (Race Host) - Colorado Springs, CO
- September 12 - 15 - Run Rabbit Run 100 Miler - Steamboat Springs, CO
- September 21 - Race For Freedom 5km (Race Host) - Gunnison, CO
- September 27 - 29 - UROC 100 km - Vail/Breckenridge, CO
- October 31 - November 3 - Pinhoti 100 - Alabama - Tentative
- December 7 - North Face 50 Championship - San Francisco, CA - Tentative
Mount Washington Observatory
With wicked weather a daily reality, Mt. Washington Observatory is a perfect fit for Vasque's authentic footwear engineered and built to withstand harsh conditions, rugged wear, and the tests of time. Vasque supplies the mountaintop crew with its industry leading hiking boots in the summer months, and boots from the new insulated collection for the fall and winter months.
6,288-foot Mount Washington, New Hampshire is located at the convergence of three major storm tracks, meaning it is battered year-round by some of the most brutal conditions on the planet. Staffed continuously since the Observatory's founding in 1932, scientists venture outdoors every hour to manually observe and record the weather—even in hurricane-force winds, sub-zero temperatures, white-out snow storms and pelting, freezing rain.
Utilizing up to 400 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation, a premium insulator used in top quality outerwear, and UltraDry™, a Vasque proprietary waterproof membrane, the Vasque insulated collection is ready to keep feet warm and dry—even in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather," as Mount Washington is known.
Tri-Province Arctic Canoe Expedition
The Tri-Province Arctic Canoe Expedition is a group of six men from a wilderness camp in Minnesota who will spend the summer of 2013 paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Having learned the lessons of camaraderie, hard work and environmental stewardship as campers and staff on Camp Kooch-i-Ching trips in Ontario and Manitoba, their sights are now set on the Barren Lands of northern Canada. Although several groups have traveled to the Arctic Ocean by canoe, the Tri-Province Canoe Expedition will be one of the most ambitious to date. Their expedition will begin in Black Lake, Saskatchewan, and they will finish on the rarely traveled Armark River. In between the two points, they will pass through three Canadian provinces and travel nearly 900 miles, intending to document a remote northern wilderness setting and its wildlife to promote awareness of the Arctic's fragile ecosystem and the threats it has and will continue to face due to climate change. The Tri-Province team includes Kyle Terry, a research assistant from Eureka, CA; Ben Woods, a photojournalist from St. Louis, MO; Henry Cordeal, afterschool program staff from St. Louis, MO; Jess Hernandez, a professional adventure guide from Bryan, TX; Chris Martella, a ski lodge employee from Washington, DC; and Andrew Hubb, a graduate student from St. Louis, MO. More on the expedition can be found at 3provincecanoe.com
Team DART Adventure Racing Team was formed in 2002 in Seattle, Washington. Since then, they've competed in hundreds of races and have become one of the most successful teams in North America by winning premiere races from Canada to Mexico as well as leaving their mark on the world stage.
The team is committed to training and racing at an elite level and competing against the best teams in the world. They are also dedicated to fostering the growth of adventure racing and adventure sports in general. See their race schedule and learn more about their adventures at www.dartadventure.com.
American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations
Vasque is a proud sponsor of American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations. American Hiking Society represents tens of millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and who, like Vasque, believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environment is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations. As an American Hiking Society sponsor, Vasque continues their commitment to environmental stewardship, healthy lifestyles, and nature-based recreation. To learn more about AHS and the Volunteer Vacations program visit: www.americanhiking.org.
Backpacker Get Out More Tour
Dedicated to making purpose built footwear for the trail, family-owned Vasque is renewing its exclusive footwear sponsorship with BACKPACKER Magazine’s Get Out More Tour.
The Get Out More Tour will travel to 65 events in 36 states to bring the BACKPACKER
basecamp to life. The tour’s hosts, Randy and Sheri Propster, will hike trails in different regions featured in BACKPACKER
and National Park Guide.
After their excursions, the Propsters will present an exciting, informative show at retailers across the US about their trip and how to best prepare for multi-day backpacking trips for all hiking levels. See when the Propsters will be in a town near you - www.getoutmoretour.com
Erik Schlimmer - Adventurer, Founder of Journeyman Presentations
Erik is an award-winning educator and inspirational speaker whose curriculum and presentations center on unique adventures. An ardent explorer of America, Erik has mountain biked across the United States twice, camped nearly 1,000 nights, climbed 1,500 mountains, and is approaching his 10,000th mile of backpacking. He holds several mountaineering and long-distance hiking records, tackling routes first or fastest.
More on Erik’s adventures can be found here: erikschlimmer.com and oxzom.com/erik
New Zealand native Luigi Paroli and his brother Beni were the first Kiwi’s to thru-hike the 2,120 mile Appalachian Trail and soon after thru-hiked the 2,560 mile Pacific Crest Trail, which they filmed as a documentary for Television New Zealand. Always up for a new challenge, the brothers are at it again this winter and are hiking the entire 2,000 miles of the newly opened Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand to raise money for Special Olympics and Nature Track. Follow Luigi and Beni on their trek here.
Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC):
Vasque is proud to be a sponsor of the OIWC, a non-profit association of women organized for the purpose of equipping women to reach their professional success in the outdoor industries via educational programming, networking and mentoring. OIWC acts as a vehicle to promote the views and interests of women engaged in or impassioned by the outdoor, snow sports, action sports, and bicycling industries. OIWC invites all women to become members and to lead our industries to positive solutions in business, social and environmental issues. www.oiwc.org