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The Empire State Building Run Amok

New York was nicknamed the Empire State, to recognize its vast wealth and variety of resources. Among the treasures of this great state is the Empire State Building, the crown Jewel of New York City. Although there are three buildings taller than the ESB in Chicago, you’d never convince a New Yorker that that Empire State Building was not the greatest building in America. Continue reading

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Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Times – February 1st, 2008

Eleven years ago, when I moved to Los Angeles to further my acting career, I dreamed of one day being featured in the pages of GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine). As fate would have it, that honor would be bestowed upon me not for my acting talent, but for my ability to run up the stairwells of VERY tall buildings. Last week I was approached by GQ to do an interview for an article on the world’s most grueling sports – Tower Racing Continue reading

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Mt. Equinox Snowshoe

When I initially came to Vermont I was quite worried that my training would come to a halt as winter arrived. The icy roads and cold temps make running far more challenging and dangerous. In addition, we’ve had a very snowy November and December so far. So, I’ve been forced to become creative with my training and take advantage of what a Vermont Winter has to offer. Continue reading

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Running Raw Across America

There is no better way to see the country than to drive across it, stop every few hundred miles and go for a run… or two. Meandering about on foot in small towns looking for fresh organic produce and seeing the local sites is one of my favorite activities. Continue reading

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Cool Canyon, Cold War and Combating Candida

On one of my last runs in Los Angeles I head back to where it all began. Ten years ago, upon arriving in LA, and yearning for the mountains and greenery of Vermont, I was introduced to the magical world of Sullivan Canyon. This oak and sycamore lined trail is still a favorite to this day. But travel to trail’s end, and you will find yourself in a very different world – that of the cold war… Continue reading

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Altitude Training Southern California Style

In order to be prepared for the upcoming Mt. Baldy race (8 miles – 6,000′ to 10,000′ ascent) on September 3rd, I’ve started to incorporate runs at high elevation into my schedule. Los Angeles County offers some of the best high elevation training in the country, with hundreds of miles of mountain trails at elevations from 4,000 to over 10,000′. Continue reading

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Adirondack Adventure

After a grueling race up Mt. Washington, my family thought it would be a good idea for me to get away and relax at our camp in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. It’s a trip back in time as I explore a magical region of the country that still embraces many of the ideals and styles of the 19th century. Continue reading

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Mt. Wilson Adventure

On a clear Winter day, the mighty summit of Mt. Wilson can be seen rising up above Los Angeles to a lofty height of 6000 feet. Topped with radio and TV towers, four observatories, a museum and a paved road to the top, Mt. Wilson is the most civilized of the massive San Gabriel Mountains. It doesn’t take but more than a minute on one of her many trails to leave the city behind and enter into an unexpected sylvan paradise. Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada Adventure

On a recent speaking tour of Northern California, I had the opportunity to explore many of the beautiful trails of the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this video, I’m running on the Steven’s Trail along the American River in California gold rush country. Continue reading

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