January 19, 2016
PODCAST note: There is a SMUT race contest with this episode. That's right- a free entry into the distance of your choice for Scout Mountain Ultra but that's not all- you will also receive a Patagonia hat AND shirt from the race. Make sure to listen to find out all the details..
With the Outdoor Retailers Show showing up in SLC, UT we knew we had to score a few high quality shows. The opportunity to throw a mic at Luke Nelson was a no brainer. Not only is he one of those people that you want to be around but he makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Luke grew up in the mountains but it wasn't until a dare to run a marathon got him fired up about running and the rest is history.
Luke was dared to sign up a week before a local marathon (with no training) and he obliged. He had about a week to get ready so he started training. A few days after he registered he got in a 3 mile training run but that left his legs a bit tired and sore. In true runner fashion he decided to taper after those 3 miles and let the legs rest. A couple days after that he raced that marathon and finished in 3:10 and third in his age group- he was hooked.
Luke has traveled all over the world running and racing but calls Pocatello, Idaho his home. He is no stranger to adventure runs and as he says "there is always something in the cooker".
Luke just finished up one of those runs with partner in crime- Ty Draney. They seem to always come up with "very bad ideas" and laugh to tell about it.
2016 is a big year for Luke, he has retained a coach and is gearing up for the Sky Running World Extreme series in Europe.
We had a great time chatting with Luke and we thank him for all he has done for the sport.
Check out more of Luke on his site HERE
For more info on the SMUT races- Click HERE
- SMUT Races- World Class Events
- Race Directing is harder than running an Ultra
- Luke and Ty Draney take on the Grey's River Range
- Sky Running World Extreme Series
- Rickey Gates FKT Project
- SMUT Entry Give-away!