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April 18, 2014

Boston Marathon 2014 Preview

By: The Pack Team
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. More
On Sunday, North Korea opened up the annual Pyongyang marathon to foreign amateurs for the first time. It was an unusual move for the secretive and deliberately isolated state, with much of the country still firmly off-limits to visitors. More
Moroccan Rachid El Morabity has won the grueling Marathon des Sables ultramarathon. He recorded an overall time of 20 hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds across the five race 156 mile journey through the harsh desert environment. More
There are about 36,000 people walking around London today, almost all of them with a slight limp. And that's because it was the London Marathon yesterday - one of the most popular marathons in the world. More
After months of hard work and preparation, the time has again come for a horde of lycra-clad runners to haul themselves around London’s famous 26.2 mile Marathon course. More
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... More
From this week, patients struggling with obesity in the Boston area will be helped to improve their lifestyle with prescriptions for a subsidized membership to the city's Hubway bike sharing system. More
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. More
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. More
A new addition to the Merrell line added recently is the Grassbow light weight hiking shoe for men. It hit stores a few weeks ago, and we caught up with Mark Pavesek the Business Director from the Performance Outdoor Footwear department to find out who the shoe's for, what it does differently and whether it's the shoe for you. More
After reporting on Eric Larsen's journey to the North Pole on Monday, another Merrell Alpha is out exploring the world. Michael Chambers is currently in Nepal, about to take on Everest. Here's the latest, straight from the Alpha himself: More
Ultra-running duo Ryan Sendes and Ryno Griesel have set a new speed record on South Africa’s Drakensberg Grand Traverse, beating the previous record by more than 18 hours. More
Smartphones are already an incredibly useful accessory for hiking and trail running, but the big mobile manufacturers seem to be moving further down the road of health and fitness as an added benefit for their technology. More
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. More
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. More
As highlighted in The Pack earlier, Washington's infamous 50k Chuckanut run took place on Saturday, and impressively a new record was set, knocking four and a half minutes off the best ever time. More
If you’ve got a penchant for adventure and exploration, then you might be interested to know that the famous London auction house, Sotheby’s, is auctioning off what is said to be ‘the most magnificent collection of books charting the discovery of the world ever to emerge on the market’. More
In 10 days time, at midnight, the 40 mile Grand Traverse race will begin at Crested Butte in the Elk Mountains, Colorado. Over the 8-16 hours it takes to complete the course, skiers will climb more than 7,800’ to the finish line at the base of Aspen Mountain. More
It's over. After five days, 20 hours and 24 minutes, the four members of the new look Team Merrell crossed the finish line, and celebrated with some well earned champagne. More
March 13, 2014

GODZone day six update

By: The Pack Team
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. More
March 12, 2014

GODZone day five update

By: The Pack Team
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. More
We caught up with Catalina in New Zealand to get her thoughts on the race, her recovery, and her plans for the future. More
March 11, 2014

GODZone day four update

By: The Pack Team
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. More
March 11, 2014


By: The Pack Team
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. More
Outside Magazine has published its 2014 Travel Award winners, and as you'd expect we were especially keen to see what Outside would flag up as the best trail running and mountain biking locations. More
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. More
Team 41 Merrell Alpha pack's injured teammate Catalina has made the difficult decision not to continue the GODZone Adventure Race. More
March 8, 2014

GODZone – Day One

By: The Pack Team
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. More
The Merrell Alpha Pack team leader talks about the team's approach to one of the world's toughest adventure races, the grueling schedule and the challenges they'll face along the way. More
We've teamed up with MapMyFitness to offer some fantastic Merrell prizes in the Out.Perform 'Hike Mt. Blanc' Challenge. We challenge users of the app and website to hike and run your own 103 mile epic trail between March 3 and April 20 2004. More
March 5, 2014

Introducing #thepack social

By: The Pack Team
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! More
Merrell has sent members of its Alpha Pack to GODZone in New Zealand. Here's details of the challenge ahead... More
May 2014 is the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister running the four minute mile, in Oxford, England in 1954. Bannister, now 84, has written an autobiography to be released next month reflecting on sport and his glittering career as a distinguished neurologist at the University of Oxford. More
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. More
Damien Toungas, along with his wife Renee and children Celine, Laurent and Brienne will be traveling all the way from Georgia to Maine will be providing at least 21 10-15 minute videos documenting the trip. More
Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere have finally completed the historic journey in 105 days, walking an average of 17 miles per day in temperatures as low as low as -50 degrees fahrenheit wind chill. By completing the 1,795 mile trek to the South Pole and back, they set the record for the longest polar journey on foot in history. More
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. More
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. More
Flyfit is a new wearable fitness tracker with one small but crucial difference – it’s designed to fit around your ankle. This might seem like a subtle distinction from the wristbands that dominate the market, but think about it, which body parts are the engine behind most exercise... More

Epic Trail

Cordillera Huayhuash

Trekking the Cordillera Huayhuash


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