I was pretty stoked to learn last month that my sponsorship with the La Sportiva was renewed for 2010. I got on the Mountain Running Team randomly through the 2007 Trail Runner Trophy Series (as the randomly selected grand prize winner).
It's been cool this past year running races in the Bay Area wearing the same yellow jerseys as the super-talented Leor Pantilat and Caitlin Smith, and established elite runners such as Karl Meltzer, among a long list. San Franciscan Nathan Yanko, who just clocked a 22:29-hour HURT 100 miler just joined the team this year. So even if I've already become a middle-aged, old fart, on the decline, I will get to look a little faster and more bad-ass than I really am by association.
I'm pretty proud to see an increasing number Sportiva shoes out on the trails during the past two years. The shoes are great. As an added resolution, I will try to "put out" and blog more about Sportiva and associated sponsors' products.
Here's the link to my updated team page.