In this episode of the Running Raw Project: New England is the trail running capital of the U.S. The XTERRA Merrimack River Trail Race brought out some of the best and toughest runners in the country to compete in the wet and mud on this legendary course. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Tim VanOrden sits down for an interview with friend and breakout author of “Skinny Bitch”, Rory Freedman. Rory shares her thoughts on veganism, raw foods and success. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: The toughest trail race east of the rockies gets a face-lift for 2008 and still strikes fear into the hearts of anyone brave enough to challenge it’s steep ups and downs. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
G Monkie: The video above is our very first shows with Boise Thomas and Tim VanOrden. This was Boise demo show. He brought Tim in and made it up as they went. It’s nice to look back sometimes. Tim has come a long way, since we filmed that show, so we asked him if we could present a question / answer post about his Running Raw Project and what it takes to be a raw runner.
Tim VanOrden The Running Raw Project: (RunningRaw.com) The Running Raw Project came into existence on December 25th of 2005. I was at a Christmas party at my friend’s house in Venice, CA. The topic of my recent entrance into the world of running had come up. As I described the changes that were happening to my body and the abnormal feats of endurance that I was capable of, someone said – “you should film this”. That hadn’t occured to me before. Had anyone ever done that? Was anyone documenting the physical changes that occur when one goes raw? Were people testing this diet and it’s relation to physical performance? I looked around online and found not one reference to a Raw diet and athletic performance. This blew my mind. What I was experiencing was off the charts, was I the only one experiencing these physical improvements on this diet? I had to find out. Thus the journey began.
In this Question / Answer Post, Tim Explains the basics of what it means to be a raw runner.
Question What is a Vegan Diet?
Tim: A vegan diet is entirely plant based and void of all animal products – including eggs, fish and dairy (yes, those are animal products).
Question What is a raw vegan diet?
Tim: A raw vegan diet consists entirely of uncooked, unprocessed, whole plant foods. Examples of what a raw “fooder” might eat are; fresh vegetables and salads, fruits and fruit smoothies, and nuts and seeds.
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Josh Merlis of the Albany Running Exchange invites Tim down to a very steep mountain race in the Catskills of NY. The race begins at the home of Legendary Ultra Marathoner Dick Vincent. Many of the top Ultra runners in the east are in attendence. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: As a warm up for the Mt. Washington Road Race, Tim tests his mettle on the 8 mile road up 4,867′ Whiteface Mtn. in NY. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: After 7 weeks of being shoeless and training at the gym, Tim laces up and heads for the hills. Can you guess the background music? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the running raw project: If you live in a temperate area like Florida, Southern California, or Southern Texas I don’t want to hear you complaining that a raw diet is too expensive – There are plenty of fresh fruits to forage for in the winter months. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Two days after winning the US Bank Tower Stair Climb, Tim heads up the coast to northern Malibu to compete in the XTERRA Pt. Mugu Trail Race. The competition is fierce and the scenery is second to none. Oh, yeah and Tim wins the race.
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: The toughest runners in New England test their will against Loon Mtn.’s unforgiving slopes in the USATF New England Mtn. Running Championships. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Somehow 2009 has managed to zoom to the halfway point in the calendar and I find myself firmly entrenched in my 41st year. The race that I’ve been training for since January is now finally staring me square in the face. The USA Mountain Running Championships and North American-Central American-Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships are to take place tomorrow, June 28th at 9:00am at Mt. Cranmore in North Conway, NH. The best mountain runners in the Western Hemisphere will compete for top honors and national team status in this brutally relentless race.
Two years ago, while still living in Los Angeles, I flew back east to compete in this race for the first time. My training had been going very well in California and I thought I had a decent shot at the national team. Midway through the second lap of this three lap race I realized that I was in way over my head… WAY over my head! The grueling, steep uphills and the horrific downhills, took my quads on a one way trip to a land of pain and exhaustion that I had never before experienced. The final descent found me falling continuously as my legs would no longer support my weight. Beaten and bloody, I stumbled across the finish line in 29th place. I was humbled and defeated. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos