The Moon Walk for Breast Cancer

It all started with 13 women power walking the New York marathon in their bras. And now one night a year, over 15,000 men and women get their kit off to walk a marathon through the night around London, taking a stand against breast cancer.

History is made at Gold Coast Marathon

What began back in 1979 has transformed into one of the world’s most scenic and sought after marathons. 2014 proved to be no exception on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia as the Gold Coast Marathon took place in front of thousands of excited fans.

Tragedy to triumph: Boston Marathon breaks fund raising record

April 15 2013 will forever go down in history as one of the most tragic days Boston has known. Bolyston Street was the scene of horror just a year ago, where two pressure cooker bombs exploded towards the finish line at the Boston marathon. The city of Boston, however, has rallied around each other and come back stronger than ever.

Great Pacific race underway

Billed as ‘the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet’, the inaugural Great Pacific Race sees teams from around the world rowing from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon this weekend

Tomorrow sees the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon return for its sixth year running. The event is will attract around 18,000 runners, with the whole event punctuated with live music, including live post-race performances from Sir-Mix-a-Lot and The Presidents of the United States of America at Seattle Center.

Seventh National Get Outdoors day tomorrow

This is not just another lazy weekend. Tomorrow marks the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day, which is then swiftly followed by Father’s Day on Sunday. Throw some good weather into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect weekend for outdoor adventuring.

Ultra D Day Trail begins tomorrow

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, and to pay tribute to the seven countries that took part, athletes and soldiers from each country will run over a route between Utah Beach (Manche) and Caen (Calvados) and stop through 14 ‘checkpoints,’ located at places of high historical value, to honor the past.

Two go sub four minutes to celebrate Jim Ryun’s Festival of Miles

A couple of months ago we reported on the Jim Ryun Festival of Miles, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Olympic silver medalist and politician Jim Ryun breaking the four minute mile – the first time a high school boy had achieved the feat. Well appropriately enough two competitors managed to break the four minute mile in San Diego – one of them for the very first time.

Three of the toughest bike races in the USA

Deciding what makes a race tough or not is often subjective. But in my humble opinion, there are three things that determine how tough a race is: the competition (does it attract elite competitors?), the course itself (terrain, the distance, the amount of climbing, etc.) and finally the climate (if it’s notoriously hot, cold, windy, etc.).

Boston Marathon 2014 Preview

On Monday, 36,000 runners will occupy Main Street, Hopkinton, the start line of the world’s oldest annual marathon and scene of the 2013 bombings, which saw three people killed, and over 260 injured.

Down & Dirty returns for fifth year running

Obstacle racing season officially kicks off this weekend with the first of Merrell’s Down & Dirty Obstacle races taking place in Los Angeles. We spoke to MESP’s Alisha Bryant to find out a little about the history of obstacle racing in the USA, and how Down & Dirty has evolved over the years…

Five unusual ways to run a marathon

Most people think of the marathon as the ultimate sporting achievement, and despite only 1% of the world’s population ever having actually run one, completing one sits at the top of many people’s bucket list. But imagine running one backwards whilst juggling, or with a fridge on your back – for a few people, running 26.2 miles unimpeded is simply too easy.

29th Marathon des Sables begins on Sunday

Blisters, scorching heat, chaffing, dehydration, sand storms – these are just some of the things that over 1,000 runners will face on Sunday 6th April 2014, when the 29th Marathon des Sables kicks off in Morocco’s Sahara Desert.

Boston Marathon returns for 2014

The world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon, is due to return to the city for its 118th year on 21 April. It will be the first year since the tragic finish line bombings stunned the world at the 2013 event, but organizers are working tirelessly to ensure this year’s event makes headlines for positive reasons.

Webcomic creator launches ‘Beat the Blerch’ marathon

When comic author Matthew Inman – creator of The Oatmeal Comic – published a work called ‘Why I Run’, he probably didn’t see it ending the way it has. The comic, which explains his struggle with motivation and disinclination to running, has already been turned into a book, and will soon come to life as a 10k, half or full marathon in Carnation, Washington on September 21 2014.

GODZone day six update

We’re approaching the end of GODZone now, and Team Merrell has put in a superhuman effort so far, with only a small part of the 500km race to go.

GODZone day five update

Day 5 was one of the best for Team Merrell in the GODZone, featuring a 38km hike across the Glynn Wye Range to the Hurunui River.

GODZone day four update

Day four of the GODZone race continues apace, with a new addition to Team Merrell: Sabrina Verjee. She was part of another team – Movie AR – who lost a member to injury and decided not to continue.


The gruelling 300-mile-plus, multi-discipline GODZone race continues. Team Merrell had an epic day yesterday climbing Mount Tapuae O Uenku, the highest peak in the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island.

GODZone – Day One Gallery

Team 41 Merrell Alpha Pack are making good progress in the GODZone Adventure Race. Despite the loss of Catalina Gerstle – out with a knee injury – the team is looking strong. Here are just a few pictures from the TA03 transition.

GODZone – Day One

A good start from the Merrell Alpha Pack team with the 9Km coasteering section and 12Km open water kayak completed without any drama and in a good time. After a change over at the first checkpoint, the team began the 53Km mountain bike sections that’s expected to take around 8 hours.

Introducing #thepack social

So, The Pack has been live for a few days now, and we hope you’re enjoying the articles we’ve already published. We want you to get involved though, and for that reason we’re announcing #thepack – the social way to get involved in our adventures!

The Pack – introducing our new online adventure magazine

Exciting times today at Merrell as we can officially announce the launch of the new-look online adventure magazine: The Pack! Our Alpha Pack is comprised of world class experts from across the full spectrum of active adventure, and they’ll be on hand to offer advice in everything from nutrition to training schedules.

Chuckanut 50k returns to Washington

For the 22nd year running, the Chuckanut 50k is returning to Washington next month. Mixing the urban elements of Washington with climbing 5000ft of the stunning Chuckanut Mountain ridge, it’s a grueling but hugely rewarding event.

Transgrancanaria race returns for 2014

March 1st sees Transgrancanaria return for its 11th year. The race around the Spanish island of Gran Canaria brought together 2,500 runners last year (a big improvement on the 65 it attracted when it began back in October 2003) of varying abilities, thanks to the different options it provides its runners, mixing up the elevation, distance and time allowed to complete.

Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race schedule confirmed

The Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run has inspired thousands of athletes to push themselves to the limits over military fitness-inspired courses across the US. Down and Dirty racers compete over 5K or 10K courses and little ones can join in too, in the Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or the shorter adventure dash.

Tarawera Ultramarathon joins Ultra-Trail World Tour

The 6th Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon will take place on March 15th with a field of over 850 runners from 26 different countries. The endurance run from Rotorua to Kawerau, New Zealand, can be entered as a 100, 85, or 65km trail through exotic forests, native bush, lakes and waterfalls. Check out the trailer!

Merrell Pack Projects bring outdoor adventures to all

Through our Pack Projects program, we award grants of up $2,500 to encourage people to spend time outside and to have their own active adventures in the great outdoors. These grants have made a difference to hundreds of lives, increasing participation in outdoor pursuits and creating connections between both children and adults and the outdoors.

Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru – Miami 2014

The Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run series – which this year includes a race in Miami – has inspired thousands of athletes to push themselves to the limits over military fitness-inspired courses across the US. Down and Dirty racers compete over 5K or 10K courses and little ones can join in too, in the Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or the shorter adventure dash.

My first trail half marathon

Half-marathons are possibly the most addictive runs to do. If you haven’t trained for one, go find your pals and start cranking; you won’t regret it. Thirteen miles is long enough to get the endorphins flowing and leave you feeling accomplished, but short enough that you can train for it before the kids wake up.

The 2012 Merrell-go-round calendar

Merrell event season is here and with it comes our recently named Merrell-Go-Round! For 2012, the Merrell-Go-Round will be making appearances at the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud and Obstacle Series and the Merrell Oyster Adventure Race.

2012 schedule of Merrell sponsored events!

Here at Merrell, we like to get busy outside during the summer months. What does that mean? It means you can find us at all kinds of places. If there is something fun going on outside, we will be there and we hope YOU can join us! Check out below for a complete month-by-month schedule to find out where our next Merrell Event will be.

Connecting to climb

Connect experienced climbers with unexperienced climbers as an opportunity to teach and learn. Introduce young people to a challenging outdoor experience that they may not otherwise access. In this way, Alpine Mentors brings the next generation of passionate alpinists into the fold.

Calling all the ladies!

Calling all of the ladies, women, girls. Where are you? If I started this blog by calling you to a girls night out for a happy hour, a social group run or a coffee chat amongst friends…would you come? I bet so! So I beg the question now…where are you when we want to talk and try minimalist/barefoot running and working out?

Going primal

Sometimes we need to monkey around to remember the fun in life and the fun in running. Remember when you were a kid? The freedom of opening the door and running outside barefoot to chase your friends around the yard with no care in the world? Thanks barefoot…you’ve brought out the kid in us again!

Food, raw and uncut

It’s hard not to think about food this summer. Maybe it’s the promise of outdoor eating: the freedom of a backyard, the smell of barbeque.