POW Trail

Unifying and amplifying the voice of the trail running community on climate change

POW trail engages the trail running community in environmental action. As conservation issues including public lands, resource extraction, renewable energy, legislation and policy change, become increasingly complex particularly with how they all relate toclimate change, POW trail unifies and amplifies the voice of the trail running community.

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The trail running community loves public lands. Yet the outcome of what happens in these national treasures are in the hands of our elected officials. By speaking up we can not only protect these landscapes but propel society towards a carbon neutral future at the same time. Join us and pledge to vote for candidates that will represent our community this November

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The Team

Anton Krupicka

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Anton Krupicka

Anton Krupicka is a mountain athlete living in Boulder, CO. He has been competing in mountain ultramarathons around the world for more than a decade and is a two-time Leadville 100 Champion and two-time 50 mile Trail National Champion. In addition to running, Anton is also an avid climber, skier, and cyclist, using these sports to pursue mountain adventures in a light-and-fast, self-powered, often multi-sport style that requires a combination of fitness and technical skill. He believes that getting outside and exploring the natural world—especially those places in your own backyard—is fundamental to being human, and consequently, that it is incumbent upon us to protect those places for future generations.

Luke Nelson

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Luke Nelson

Luke Nelson has spent his life wandering in the mountains. His father introduced to rock climbing at age 3, and backpacking shortly after. His youth was spent climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking as much as he could manage. He completed a degree in Outdoor Education at Idaho State University which led to work as a river guide in the summer and a ski guide in winter. After a poorly thought out bet he found running, and hanging around the wrong friends led him to running ultra marathon distances in the mountains. For several years he seriously competed in Skimo racing, a career that spanned 8 years, twice representing the USA at the world championships, and included winning a US National Championship in 2012. With an ever present desire for adventure he chose to focus less on the competitive scene and set his sites on adventure. He has since traveled all over the world exploring wild places on foot. Trail running has provided him an intimate connection to the land and strong desire to do what he can to protect and preserve them.

Joe Grant

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Joe Grant

Joe Grant is an endurance athlete living in Gold Hill, Colorado. He has been running ultras for over a decade and has a diverse and extensive resume competing in trail and mountain running events around the world in places such as Colorado, the Alps, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Alaska and Japan. He derives his inspiration from exploring wild places under his own power and is passionate about protecting these places for future generations. He is also a writer, photographer and coach and documents his adventures on his website www.alpine-works.com.

Stephanie Violett

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Stephanie Violett

Minnesota born and raised, Stephanie now resides in Bend, Oregon. Stephanie has a
passion for everything outdoors and a particular love for trail running. She spends
most of her free time on the trails, training and racing. Her primary sponsors are
The North Face, Clif Bar, and NATHAN. Stephanie also holds a PhD in Exercise
Physiology & Nutrition, and works as a sport nutritionist. You can learn more about
Stephanie here: http://stephaniehoweviolett.com/

Clare Gallagher

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Clare Gallagher

Clare is an ultrarunner living in Boulder, CO. After studying the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in Bermuda and in the Pacific, Clare transitioned to the mountain realms where she races internationally (2016 Leadville 100 winner and 2017 CCC course-record holder), while also advocating for public land protection and climate change mitigation.

Dakota Jones

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Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones is a mountain runner from Durango, CO. He has been running trails ever since he found that trail running wasn’t nearly as competitive as road running, and that it might give him a shot at being famous. He still isn’t famous, but it turns out he really likes exploring wild places on foot. Indeed, this unexpected appreciation of nature has resulted in him doing all kinds of complicated things in order to try to save the environment, like taking a cargo ship across the ocean and being a pain in the ass at potlucks by not eating meat. Lately, he has come to accept that compromises are inevitable, and that the goal must be to choose which compromises to make and then work to reduce them over time. By working with POW, he’s hoping to utilize his ability to run fast on trails to promote sustainability and respect, which sounds like two things that wouldn’t work together, but which in reality are surprisingly interconnected. Please go follow him on Instagram and get all your friends to do so too. His self-esteem depends on it.

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From The Blog

POW Trail – Engaging the Trail Running Community in Climate Action

With a name like Protect Our Winters, it’s no surprise that our history is rooted in the snow community with snowboarders and skiers. But if you’ve been following along with POW, you know that protecting our winters is about much more than protecting snow. It’s about protecting our public lands from dirty energy extraction, protecting progress on renewable energy development and participating in climate change policy and legislation.

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