Follow the race here:   My first attempt at Virgil Crest 100 (in 2012) was quite successful. However, last year I had to DNF after 86 miles due to hypothermia and undertraining. This time around I prepared more thoroughly and feel ready to endure the challenges of the course. Combined elevation gain – 23,000 […]

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In the coming season I decided to try a bit different kind of race: I raced some very gnarly trails all over the US, but this is a whole new level of “technical”. Check out these crazy obstacle races:   I’m definitely giving it a try. Fine folks at the Spartan Race shared with […]


High hopes for my performance at this year’s Virgil Crest 100 unfortunately didn’t materialize. I was going strong, but after getting severe hypothermia I had to pull out of the race at mile 86, being at the time in 3rd place overall. 70% DNF rate this year. Huge congrats to Jim Blandford with winning in […]


July 28th, Windham, NY.  224 runners at the start. 18.6 miles Here is a great video from the race:    Had a great day on one of my favorite trails in Catskills mountains. This is one of the toughest running courses in US. This epic race is being held every summer since 1977. Result […]


12 hours-long racing drama on the most rugged mountain trails that I’ve ever seen. Catskills Mountains, New York. June 22nd, 2013. Photos by ManitousRevengeUltra, Katherine Varn Hawkins, and Kristina Marie Folcik. Let me start by saying that 50mi is not my ideal distance. I lost my last two 50-milers (in 2012) with pretty solid […]


Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Race – did 106 miles up and down rocky mountain slopes (missed a turn and had to go some extra distance).  This event should be called an “obstacle course”, not running. Result: 20hr 26 min, good enough for 2nd place overall. Black bears, rattle snakes, and other wild animals on […]


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