Jacob Brown began running to get active because he was overweight and completed his first 5K when he was 9 years old. At the start of 2018, now a seventeen-year-old, Jacob has completed five marathons and four ultra marathons, including his first 50-miler, the Hitchcock Experience.
Have you ever met someone and they immediately started to fix your hair FOR you, like a clip-on tie or a tie you hastily threw on? I stood there and thought, “Who is this guy?! He just comes up to me and starts playing with my hair…”
Mind you, it was right before age group award pictures. Then I thought, “Eh, that’s cool I guess.”
That was the first time I met Ruff Rd. featured athlete Jason Zakaras. What has evolved from that moment has helped me define my life, and, gave me something I can be proud of in running.
Ruff Rd. founder Tim McGargill explains the feeling of finishing UTMB and the rewards of undertaking such a herculean task.
“Here is how the majority of my 2017 training runs went: About 3 miles from the end of a run I start to visualize the town of Chamonix and running toward the UTMB finish line. I would picture myself running in strong with crowds you see in years past. This was my motivation through the frigid winter and the blistering summer.
What’s it like to compete in arguably the most demanding ultramarathon in the world, the UTMB race?
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon that takes place once a year on either the last weekend in August or the first weekend of September in the Alps. The race follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland.
So what is this thing? It covers my what?! Cold weather runners know the situation all too well. You look at the temperature and wind chill and make your running plans. Once a wind-friendly route is chose, it’s time to start thinking about gear. Some days it’s an easy decision, shorts or pants. Most other days it’s a toss-up. The purpose of the Windsert is to give you wider range of ‘acceptable shorts’ conditions.
Simply attach the Windsert into the lining pocket and affix to the Velcro and you are set. If it gets hot out, take it out, there are plenty of pockets to stash it. Do you have a mountainous ultra-distance race coming up? If you do, this option is perfect for the climbs as the temps start to drop.
Everyone has their own tolerance levels for acceptable short’s weather. These shorts aren’t designed to withstand artic blasts. They will help you in most other cases.
Does it work? See for yourself. Here are a couple post run shots on a cold sleeting day. You can see the Windsert provided a barrier where ice started to build up! These are a prototype pair, hence no labeling. How these pictures transpired, I will leave to your imaginations.
Welcome to the Ruff Rd. blog.
This is where we will post news and developments. We wanted to start with some questions that should be floating through your head while you are here. We strive to be transparent and customer-focused to our best extent. Thank you for taking the time to check out our products! There are many more exciting things ahead!
Why Ruff Rd.?
This company and brand was founded on the gravel roads in Gretna, NE. This is where we met up to run on the weekends and train. This area provides a scenic and challenging landscape of rolling gravel and dirt roads for uninterrupted running. We would train hard, have a blast, and accomplish big goals. Our hopes are to inspire and equip you with anything that will help you reach your goals.
Why are you only selling to guys?
Once you read more about our patent pending Windsert technology, you will see why. We believe we have a product positioned to the male segment and will launch playing our strengths. As the mission statements states, we want to give you the best. Once (hopefully) we see some stability, we will begin to research and develop sportswear designed for the female segment.
Why makes you an expert?
You can read the About Us page and get a feel for the story of the brand and influences behind it. At the very core of it, you have one person who found running later than most and is grateful for the journey it has provided. I am no expert, I have let my passion guide me and have been lucky enough reach some milestones along the way including, 7 100 mile face finishes, completing the Grand Slam of Ultramarathoning, and a handful of sub-3 hour marathons. I hate patting myself on the back and will stop there.
More importantly, is that I have goals that have yet to be achieved that I am working towards. The foremost being a UTMB finish and a sub 2:50 marathon as well. Working towards these goals make me in expert in the dedication these goals demand.
$69.99 for shorts?
If there is anything you take away from this, please let it be this: I am a runner, a consumer, and as price sensitive just like you. Given production and start-up costs, this is where we arrived. In business college, we were ingrained with the mantra to make decisions that are within the best interest of the shareholders. I believe the customer to be the primary and foremost shareholder. I will do everything in my power to make decisions within your best interest. Your voice is critical; do not hesitate to contact us with issues. Please leave a testimonial if you feel inspired.