Francesca Conte

All the Trails: Running Across Europe

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All the Trails: Running Across Europe

Thanks to the magic of low cost European airlines, I jumped between dramatically different environments during my annual summer trip to visit family. I ran trails in the Italian and Swiss Alps, the Dolomites, Luxembourg and Sardinia. What struck me the most

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An Enchanted Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains

April is that unique, enchanted, fleeting moment in the Blue Ridge Mountains called spring. It’s a time when these ancient mountains, carved by the scars of millennial time and erosion, take on the spellbinding quality of metamorphosis from brown, quiet wint

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Experience Authentic Mountain Culture in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is a world renowned skiing destination. Nestled at the base of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge lies in the shadow of some of the most beautiful peaks in Colorado. The range starts above the town of Frisco with Peak 1 (12,805 feet) and continues

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Why We Love the Mountains

It's a mystery why we love mountains so much. People who love mountains are definitely a different group, unique and alike at the same time. They welcome the elements. In fact, they relish in them. They welcome solitude and isolation. They welcome di

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Island Running on Sardegna

Sardegna, or Sardinia, is a beautiful, unique place. An island off the western coast of Italy, south of Corsica and in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardegna is only about 190 miles long and 70 miles wide.

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Sucking Wind: Tips for Altitude Training

I've been coming to Colorado to train for a few years now. My main goal is to be in the high mountains, but training fits well into that. Colorado is simply one of the best running playgrounds in the USA. There is nothing like running above tree line and sum

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Citizen of the World

Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate our country's independence and freedom, we thought it fitting to share Francesca's story. Congratulations Francesca on becoming a U.S. citizen! There has been much talk in the news about immigration

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Rock On: Iron Masters 50K Race Recap

When I ran the Iron Masters 50K on April 24. I did not know that Pine Grove Furnace State Park is where rocks are born and go to die. I had a good race and finished in a good time to win the women’s race and come in sixth overall. Like every ultra,

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Mountain Thoughts: The Currency of Time

The real currency is having time. The day I understood that the real currency of my life is not money but time, I won the lottery. Fortunately and unfortunately, I experienced loss early in life. The fortunate part of this was the sudden and deep realizati

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