We are very happy to announce the talk on “So, You Want to Run an Ultra-Marathon” has been scheduled for October 4th at 6PM; and October 5th at 1PM at Eastern Mountain Sports in Nanuet, NY. Each talk will start with a video presentation from a “Newbie” point of view and will be followed up by two very excellent speakers to talk from and expert’s point of view.

John MacKenzie from Rockland County will speak on Friday, October 4th and Trishul Cherns will speak on Saturday, October 5th. Many of your already know John, ultra marathoner from Rockland Country and active RRR Member who has just announced he will be running his first 100 mile race. Many of you may not know Trishul who holds 112 canadian ultra records; he is an icon in ultra running!

Each talk will be headed by RRR Member and “newbie” ultra marathoner Gary Scarano.

Topics will include:

  • Why are people running ultras and why are they becoming so popular?
  • What does Running Down a Deer Mean?
  • What is toe running and why is it popular?
  • Why should you run an Ultra?
  • What NOT to do if you are planning for an Ultra (what I did wrong).
  • What equipment should you have and not have?
  • How should you NOT Train (John and Tishul will cover how you should train).
  • What Ultra’s should you consider?
  • Why are people running barefoot?

Bio – John MacKenzie (Friday October 4th)


Local Ultra Marathoner who grew up in Rockland County and ran high school cross country/track at Tappan Zee. Active member in the Rockland Road Runners, Marathon Maniacs and former running coach for the YMCA in Nyack. Has been running ultra marathons for the past 5 years, dozens of trail and road races through out the northeast in all seasons. 3rd place for the Western New York Ultra Series in 2011.

Bio – Trishul Cherns (Saturday, October 5th)

Trishul Cherns is an accomplished veteran ultra-marathon runner. Since his first ultra in 1978 he has completed 214 ultra-marathon races from 30 to 3,100 miles. Trishul currently holds 112 Canadian National Records. His accomplishments include:

  • 50 miles in 6 hours, 55 min
  • 100 miles in 17 hours, 40 min
  • 130 miles in 24 hours
  • 221 miles for 48 hours
  • 538 miles for 6 days
  • 1,000 miles in 13 days, 7 hours
  • 3,100 miles in 50 days, 3 hours

He has been a massage therapist for the last 26 years and has coached ultra runners to personal bests in the distances they have chosen.

Bio – Gary Scarano


Gary Scarano has ran a 2:51 marathon (6:30 per mile pace) 28 years ago and ran with the Olympic Torch for the 1984 LA Olympics. He is a “newbie” to ultra-running and ran 3 Ultra’s this year, finishing his last two ultra’s of 50 miles and 62 miles.

We look forward to seeing you at EMS for these great talks! And don’t forget your RRR Membership Card, all RRR Members receive exclusive discounts at EMS!

7 Comments

  • Gary Scarano Posted September 18, 2013 10:35 am

    EMS will provide an additional 10% discount to all RRR runners for October and November. They are having a huge sale the weekend of Oct. 4th and 5th. Please take advantage of these huge discounts!!!

  • Frederick Posted September 18, 2013 11:08 pm

    Wow! You got Trishul to be a speaker?! He is a great runner (still) and an amazing guy. If you live within 50 miles of this place, go her Trishul. Boy, does he have good advice and great stories! Go: you will not be disappointed.

  • Frederick Posted September 18, 2013 11:08 pm

    “Go hear Trishul.”

  • Gary Scarano Posted September 20, 2013 1:38 am

    The has been posted as an event in the New York Trail & Ultra Meet Up website.
    Please invite your friends and running buddies to this event Oct 4th and 5th
    http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Trail-Ultrarunning/messages/boards/thread/38129912

  • Gary Scarano Posted September 22, 2013 8:34 am

    * Friday, October 4th at 6PM; John Mackenzie and
    * Saturday, October 5th at 1PM Trihul Cherns at
    Eastern Mountain Sports
    66 Rockland Plaza
    Nanuet, NY 10954 Phone: (845) 623-5282

  • Mark Posted September 30, 2013 1:57 pm

    I won’t be able to make it but this looks good!

  • Todd J Posted October 4, 2013 8:54 am

    Trishul is and one of the most accomplished ultrarunners the sport has ever known, and one of THE nicest people you’ll ever meet. Go see him!!

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