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Dec. 2014:  Ultramarathon Champ taken out by rock

Colorado’s Sage Canaday will not be defending his title at the 2015 Tarawera Ultramarathon. The ultramarathon and marathon specialist has won the last two editions of the Tarawera Ultra, both races have been affected by extreme weather with a fire-danger affected course in 2013 and a Cyclone-affected course in 2014.

He slammed his foot into a rock a couple of weeks ago while Training in the mountains near his hometown of (ironically-named) Boulder. Despite his injury he was still able to win a 50-mile (80km) race in San Francisco the following weekend. ‘I was able to run through the pain- but the injury has flared up since then” he said.

Canaday posted on the Tarawera Ultra facebook group “Being able to travel to New Zealand the last two years and race Tarawera has been amazing (and I hope to come back in the future!), but my body revolted on me recently and I’ve decided to take some time totally off from running to properly recover”.

Organiser Paul Charteris says that rocks and roots are a natural hazard of trail running. Especially after four or five hours of running, when you start to get tired; mud, rocks, roots, fallen branches and wallabies can all ‘sneak up’ on you and trip you up. Those obstacles are half of the fun – you never know what’s around the next corner – and it sure beats running on the road any day.

The seventh annual Tarawera Ultramarathon will be held on Saturday 7 February 2015. The race reached its 1000-runner limit in early October.