Top 10 Trail Running Videos – 2011

Ok, I’ve been plotting and working on this piece for almost two months now.  The quality of trail running videos has really taken off over the past couple of years, so I took it upon myself to rank the top 10 from 2011.

Let’s get right to it in reverse order:

No. 10: Kilian’s Quest – Season 3, Episode 5

For my money, Kilian is the best trail runner in the world. And it’s not even close.  These Kilian Quest videos are, admittedly, a bit over produced.  What’s great about this one though is that Kilian teaches a couple of lessons on how to tackle the steepest uphills and downhills.

No. 9- Coaching Endurance UltraRunning 2011 Part 1

No such list would be complete without including one of Matt Hart’s regular trail running videos.  If you’re not following him on youtube, do so now.

No. 8 Photo Finish for 2nd Woman at Western States 2011

Mere miles from the 2011 Western States finish, 2nd and 3rd place runners Kami Semick and Nikki Kimball were stopped in their tracks by a bear.  As a result, they both ended up coming in together on the track. Amazing moment, but bad video.  Would have been number 1 with better quality.

No. 7 – Chamonix – Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 2011

Honestly, this video could have been number one if not for the awful, awful music.  Feel free to watch on mute. The imagery captured by helicopter during the race is simply spectacular!

No. 6 – The Runner in Winter – Anton Krupicka

While the UTMB video was terrible in terms of music selection, this one is the complete opposite.  The 10 minute clip chronicles Tony as he runs in the Colorado front range during winter.

No. 5 Uli Steck’s Eiger North Face Ascent

I’ve blogged about this one before.  Also, iRunFar just posted an interview with Uli.  This may be the best video of the bunch, but it’s not purely running, so I dropped it a few spots.

No. 4 Geoff Roes Slogging to the Top

Prior to this video, there was very little online video content on Geoff save the iRunFar interviews.  In a way, we finally got to know him through this video (as much as you can in 12 minutes).

No. 3 – The Endurables NF 50 recap video

This is a subjective list, which means it’s biased. However, the Headlands are such a special place to run. Also, they captured a key moment in the race: Mike Wolfe and Dakota passing Geoff. It’s almost like a SportsCenter highlight.

No. 2 Salomon’s Hardrock 100

If you’re not excited for the 2012 version of Hardrock, then you should be.  Roess, Krupicka, Dakota, Koerner, etc., etc.  This is as stacked as the field may ever get in Silverton…until they loosen the elite entry requirement.

No. 1 – “Unbreakable” Trailer

It’s a trailer.  It’s been watched over 100,000 times in less than six months.  This is as close to Bieber fever as our sport has gotten. Also, I’m probably responsible for about 843 844 of those views


What do you think?  Did I get them all or did I miss any videos from last year?

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16 Responses to Top 10 Trail Running Videos – 2011

  1. emmanuel says:

    Nice selection of videos, but as an UTMB video I’ll not pick this video editing with indeed an awful music pick, but instead the original video showing the helicopter views with a much better music :

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  3. Nick says:

    Google Jared Campbell West Slabs Olympus Fast…it will be on the top of this list. I tried to give you the link but didn’t work out…..great list!

  4. Bob Shannon says:

    Reblogged this on Musings From The Mid Pack and commented:
    Here is a great compilation of the best Trail Running Videos from 2011.

  5. Daniel Riou says:

    Reblogged this on Course à and commented:
    Les 10 meilleurs vidéos de trail running de 2011. Il y a de tout pour tous les goûts: Killian, Roes, Krupicka, UTMB, WS100, tout y passe. À voir et à revoir pour tous les amateurs de trails… et ceux qui songent à le devenir!

  6. Dino Adelfio says:

    So cool!! great clips.

    NEXT MONTH: best urban running sites?
    1. SF. racing traffic and running up and down the killer hills of SF!

  7. Dino Adelfio says:

    Also. DOES anyone want to help coordinate a running group for Half dome in late September?
    Travel, permits, camping sites, meals covered with an entry fee. A Two day trip. highlighted by a friendly race up Half-dome.

    We have a small group but would like to turn it into a big one.

    Please message me for more information. I look forward to discussing with you! Thx Dino

  8. Monte Casper says:

    Looking for something interesting to watch in my hotel room in Maryland. Trail Runner Nation posted this and finally found something insperational! Thanks so much for putting this together!

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  10. Phil says:

    Cool collection of videos, so good I added them to ww.Runcast.TV, thanks for taking the time to pull these all into one place.

  11. wellnowbe says:

    This post is a feast for the eyes and the soul! Thank you!
    – Dave,

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