Gorge Waterfalls 100k…Still learning…

Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, your race doesn’t go as expected.  HS Ambassador Joe Dean found out the hard way when unexpected illness stuck in the middle of his 100k race.  In this blog post, Joe discusses his first time dealing with mid-race nausea, overcoming the disappointment of a DNF, and how he found the silver lining in a race that didn’t turn out quite the way he planned.

I remember it clearly…it was October 22nd of last year, the day before my birthday.  Still hunting for a Western States qualifying race for the upcoming year to keep my lottery streak going when someone from the Wasatch Mountain Wranglers posted about the Gorge 100K.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to run a 100 miler in 2016 after still feeling the effects of the Bear in the previous month, so a 100K sounded ideal.  I glanced at the race; an out and back course in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Having never been to Oregon, and joining on the heels of 14 other members of the Wranglers, I decided to sign up (which was a good thing because it sold out in a day).

As race day crept up, instead of flying up, my buddy Ryan and I decided to pull the pop-up camper out of storage for the first trip of 2016 and make an adventure out of it.  We stayed at Ainsworth State Park, which was about 5 miles away from the Start/Finish area for the race.  If you have never been to the area before, let me say that there is not a lot of real estate between the mountains and the Columbia River, which means that the campground and the train tracks were right next to each other.  I think I may suffer from PTSD for some time to come at the sound of a train whistle, but hey, we did say we wanted an adventure!  Train whistles aside, the views were absolutely worth it.  We arrived Thursday night and did the tourist thing on Friday.

I must’ve been tired from the loaded day on Friday because I managed a solid 6+ hours of sleep despite the best efforts of the passing trains.  I felt ready to go in the morning.  My only concern was an out-of-whack right knee that was bothering me for the 8 weeks leading up to the race and was about 80% healthy (which thankfully did’t give me any problems).  We started in the dark at 6am from Benson State Park with the first big climb of the course up to the top of Multnomah Falls (the second highest waterfall in the U.S.).

The course was absolutely magnificent, while brutal at the same time.  The 50K out to the turnaround point took us past 13 different waterfalls.  Being from the Wasatch, I am not used to this much green!  The first 10+ miles were quite a bit rockier than I expected as we passed by, up and down,  a number of waterfalls.  This made the course a bit trickier to navigate, especially with the rocks being slippery from the wet, mossy terrain.  After the first 10 miles, you come out onto the only significant portion of pavement on the course, a 2.3 mile stretch leading to Yeon Aid Station.  While I don’t normally enjoy pavement in ultras, it really wasn’t all that bad and afforded me some time to ease into a relaxed, but speedy cadence.  Despite the unexpected difficulty of the terrain early on, I was feeling good and on track.  Shortly after leaving Yeon, you arrive at Elowah Falls, which was my favorite waterfall on the course.

After Yeon and Elowah Falls, the terrain smoothed out a bit.  It seemed that once you got past the larger waterfalls, it wasn’t as rocky, but a bit more “rolling”.  Rolling, or course, is a relative term as I would have described it as more “up and down” than “rolling”.  Still, it was a pretty uneventful ride to the turnaround at Wyeth campground.  Little did I know that I was about to get a rude awakening…

I pulled into Wyeth in 6:50, which was somewhat respectable compared to everyone else on the course and only about 20 minutes off of what I was shooting for.  After a change of shirt and shoes, I got out of the aid station at exactly 7:00 and began my journey back to the finish line.  Unfortunately, that would be the last time I ate anything as my stomach decided to revolt about 2 miles into the return trip.  In 5 years of ultra running, I have never had nausea problems.  I suppose there is a first time for everything, but I honestly had no idea what to do.  Eating and drinking was a fruitless effort.  What was worse is that each of the next two aid stations were 9 miles apart, which translated to a long, miserable grind.  I got to mile 40 and relied on the volunteers to help revive me.  After sitting for 20 minutes and eating some food, I started to feel better so I decided to continue on. Unfortunately, shortly after getting on the move again, it flared right back up.  It seemed that movement alone was more than enough to make my stomach unhappy.  As I reached mile 46, I started to get dizzy after 14 miles of no calories and was having a problem walking straight.  I had no choice but to slow it down to a walk.  That 4 miles to the next aid station at mile 50 was the worst I have ever felt in any race…EVER!  The only redeeming factor was this picture that I took as the sun was setting:

When I got to Yeon again at the 50 mile mark, I knew I was done.  Without a pacer and without being able to solve the nausea problems between the last two aid stations, I didn’t feel it was safe to continue through the most technical part of the course in the dark.  Still, I sat for a bit to make sure.  My stomach was literally in painful knots and I ultimately decided to call it a day and save it for another battle.

It is still early in the season and there is no reason to jeopardize that.  While I always hate disappointing people and DNFing is never easy, I feel great about my 50 miles on that day and still believe I made the right decision.  As I said, nausea is new for me (would love to hear in the comments how you all combat it).  I clearly still have a lot to learn and I need to figure out how to react to it better in the future.  I will not likely search out another Western States qualifier this year.  In fact, I once again find myself thinking that I really want to focus on the 50 Mile distance (it is still my favorite by far).  Only time will tell for sure, but I still have a lot coming up this year, so stay tuned!

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Headsweats’ 2016 Ambassador Team is Off to The Races!

After reviewing hundreds of applicants for the coveted Headsweats’ ambassador program, the leader in performance headwear is excited to announce the selection of 30 outstanding athletes for their 2016 team. Chosen for their leadership and amazing accomplishments in their chosen disciplines, this year’s roster includes 18 new and 13 returning athletes from across the United States who compete in running and multisport events.

“The Headsweats’ ambassador team is an exceptional group of representatives for both our brand and within their own athletic communities,” says Headsweats President, Mike McQueeney.  “We’re thrilled to support and outfit this extraordinary team of athletes throughout their training and racing.”

This year’s Headsweats Ambassadors include, but are not limited to, Otto Lam, an ultrarunner chasing his Grand Slam ultrarunning title; Danielle Cemprola, a marathoner and popular blogger for Women’s Running; Nadia Ruiz, the youngest Latina to run 100 marathons in the world; and Christine Nichols Cross, an elite triathlete training for Ironman Kona. This diverse group of athletes will represent Headsweats while training and racing, and through their social media presence. In addition, Headsweats’ ambassadors will be instrumental in testing and supplying feedback for future products and designs for the brand.

The complete roster of 2016 Headsweats Ambassadors includes:  Smitha Arons, runner; Stuart Barrington, multisport endurance athlete; Jen Boudreau, runner; Penny Comins, triathlete; Kim Cowart, runner; Joe Dean, ultrarunner; Danielle Cemprola, runner; Andrea Hipps, triathlete; Hideki Kinoshita, runner; Otto Lam, runner; Bryan Lamb, multisport endurance athlete; Nadia Ruiz, triathlete; Cory Hall, runner; Joe Rainone, runner; Jesse Ebersole, triathlete; Matthew Johnson, runner; Susan Schenberg, ultrarunner; Angela Campos, runner; Alyssa Erickson, runner; Jess Perry, runner; Deb Tebbs, runner; Marcia Kadens, runner; Nunzia Lopez, runner; Linda Nguyen, runner; Angela Gillis, runner; Christine Nichols Cross, triathlete; Taryn Lynn Olmstead, ultrarunner; Scott Wesemann, runner; Ryan Delany, runner; Jason Myers, triathlete; Lyndy Davis, runner; and Taralyn Summers, runner.

For more information on Headsweats Ambassador program visit www.headsweats.com/pages/headsweats-athletes.html.

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What Are You Doing?

Headsweats is proud to be the official headwear partner of Team Red White & Blue, a national organization committed to enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  Currently, Team RWB is completing the Old Glory Relay, in which 59 teams of runners will move a single American flag 3,450 miles across the country from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.  The runners have just passed the halfway point, and are aiming to finish their journey on November 8th, 2015.  This past week, Team RWB Marketing and Communications Director Dan Brostek traveled with the relay team for 6 days across Colorado and recorded his experience.

This is the discussion that happens multiple times a day as we carry Old Glory east across the country.

Relay Bystander: “What Are You Doing?”

Team RWB Member: “We are running the American Flag from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. over 60 days.”

Relay Bystander: “But why?”

Team RWB Member: “So we can have this very conversation.”

Running with the American Flag at any time is an awesome experience. Running Old Glory 3,540 miles through the heartland of America is absolutely surreal. The very image of one individual and one flag, unified in motion, generates questions, curiosity, honks, waves, high fives, tears, expressions of gratitude, and most importantly, the sharing of personal stories and experiences.

Over the course of six days I traveled with Old Glory from Telluride to Colorado Springs. I experienced some of the most epic scenery this country has to offer, and against that backdrop I’ve witnessed everyday Americans coming together from all over the state and country with a single mission…move Old Glory forward…one step at a time.  

And in these steps is where something truly magical happens. These steps create stories, and these stories create connections.  Given the time, I could write a short book on my journey with Old Glory through Colorado. Instead, I will highlight some of the unique experiences I had over the course of six days and more than 350 miles from the San Juan Mountains through the Arkansas River Valley to the Front Range.

There was a moment of total serendipity as I witnessed a few Team RWB members meet a complete stranger on our way into the small town of Ridgway only to learn that they were all involved in the 1989 Panama invasion. It was absolutely captivating to hear their stories and see them recount those harrowing experiences.

I experienced a moment of uncontrollable laughter when I learned what happens to a runner when you get too close to a cattle truck coming around a curve. You can use your imagination on this one. Bottom-line, it’s funny…unless you are the runner.

We had CDOT workers serenade us with the National Anthem as they paused their blasting for a few minutes so our runners could bypass the construction work and continue moving Old Glory up Monarch Pass.

I heard amazing stories from veterans, civilians and active duty members about how they found Team RWB and the impact the organization is having on their lives. One individual lost over 120 pounds and made fitness a priority in her life. Another individual shared his story about getting clean and battling his addictions. Another veteran with over 25 years of service talked about dealing with the struggles of readjusting to civilian life. Many commented on how they found the camaraderie that they had been seeking since they left the military. Some shared their Faces of Old Glory…personal stories of their grandfathers, uncles, sisters, cousins and friends that have positively impacted and shaped their lives. And some folks just liked the awesome red shirt and wanted to join the team, and in doing so found so much more.

I witnessed people testing their physical and mental limits as they pushed through the heat, altitude and rain to ensure Old Glory continued to move forward.

My favorite experience of all was the handoff…that split second in time when the energy and power of Old Glory transitions from one runner to the next. Having both witnessed and experienced “the handoff” hundreds of times, I still find it hard to put into words how moving this experience truly is.

“So what are you all doing out here?”

Well, we are creating connections…we are sharing stories and experiences, and in the end, we are uniting around a shared goal to enrich the lives of our veterans.

So as the flag continues to move east, take an opportunity to get involved and experience the relay firsthand.  You can still register as a relay or virtual runner and you can donate to help grow the programs that Team RWB is delivering in communities across the globe.  Visit OldGloryRelay.org to learn more.

 

*Blog post and photos courtesy of Dan Brostek

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How Far Can We Go?

The ultramarathon – a distance attempted by few and questioned by many.  But for Headsweats employee and ultrarunner T.R. Maloney, the ultramarathon represents a journey into an entirely different realm of physical and mental capacity that makes every step worth it.  Follow T.R.’s ultrarunning journey as he prepares for his next ultrarunning venture – a 24-hour ultramarathon!

I guess it’s the unknown of what is going to happen that keeps me wanting to do it again. I love all distances of running, but when you pin on a number knowing it’s going to be on your chest for 100 miles or more you’ve opened a door to another level – both physically and mentally.ColdRun Leadville, 2012 at 2:00am. I’m losing it. I keep seeing cars in the dense forest and monsters hiding behind trees. My pacer is beginning to worry I’m delirious and seeing things. We’ve been chugging along for hours and I’ve fallen asleep once already while running. Luckily, he grabbed me before I headed off the side of the mountain.

Soon we hit the next aid station and I’m eating mashed potatoes out of my friend’s hands like a bird and panicking about my time. My pacer looks at my wife and tells her “He’s so gone it’s scary.” I push through the delirium for another couple hours and finally the cold black sky starts to break into a burning orange on the horizon. Hope is alive and I keep marching to the finish line to collect my Leadville 100 belt buckle.

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That’s the attraction for me. How deep can I goand come back? I’ve run 50’s and 100’s while losing toenails, skin, and my mind, but my legs kept moving forward. In my darkest hours my legs just wanted to keep going. It’s magical and terrifying at the same time.

This time I want you to take the journey with me on a virtual level. On October 17th I am going to start running at 8 a.m. and I won’t stop until 8 a.m. the next morning. It’ll be 24 hours of foot pounding, mind bending insanity. I’m going to toe the line in my Headsweats Performance Trucker and see what I have in my body and mind that day. It could be glorious…it could be a train wreck. That’s the fun part. We won’t know until it happens. It’s a 24-hour party and you are all invited.

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Headsweats is going to cover the event from the days leading up to the race and through the duration of the event. There will be tweets, videos and photos of all the action. Your input and comments will be read to me at the aid station stops so make them good and I’ll reply back! With your help I think we can have some fun and show the running world how it’s done the Headsweats way!

So fire up your computer or grab your smartphone and join me on October 17th as I take on the St. Pat’s 24 Hour Race in South Bend, Indiana. You can follow the action at #Headsweats24 – I’m counting on your help!

TR Maloney
Ultra Runner

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Headsweats Launches #HeadsweatySelfie Contest

One of the coolest things about working at Headsweats is getting the chance to see and share photos of all of our awesome fans rocking their favorite Headsweats gear out on the road, trail, or wherever!  So, we decided to launch a new social media contest to allow our fan to take their Headsweats photo ops to a whole new level! Here’s how the contest works:

1.  Take an awesome selfie in your favorite Headsweats
2.  Post to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #HeadsweatySelfie hashtag
3.  Be entered to win a FREE piece of Headsweats headwear!

At the end of each month, we will pick 2 #HeadsweatySelfie winners to receive the prize.  Not sure exactly what a HeadsweatySelfie is?  No worries – our awesome team of Headsweats Ambassadors is on hand to show you how it’s done!

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Good luck, and we can’t wait to see all of your awesome HeadsweatySelfies!

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Can You See Me Now?

At Headsweats, we love bringing our fans new headwear in bold, bright, and beautiful colors and patterns!  While we’re all about aesthetic innovation, we want our fans to know that there is also a bigger purpose behind our bold headwear – your safety.  In a world in which motor vehicles rule the roads, runners need to make sure they’re being seen by motorists from far away, especially during the evening and on high-traffic roads.  While we love creating headwear that helps you express your personal style, we love it even more knowing that it’s keeping you safe and seen out on the roads.  

Headsweats Ambassador Jody Marr wrote a wonderful blog post about why she wears brightly-colored Headsweats to stay safe on runs.  Here’s what she had to say:

I was super pumped to get a package in the mail last week. My Headsweats Ambassador swag came in! I ordered blue and orange Race Hat’s and a Woman’s Reversible Beanie.  So stoked to get a light weight beanie to keep my head and ears warm, as I have been wearing some that are just not meant for running.

I was also stoked to get some new race hats in different colors.  When he saw my cool hats Bill asked “Um, why orange?”

Well, (steps on soapbox), for starts, I like crazy colors. Lime, orange, bright yellow are all colors that I enjoy, but the main reason is, I want to be seen.  Not for narcissistic reasons, but for safety.

There is this 4 way stop that is my arch enemy.  I have almost been hit there at least 4 times. One time was so bad, I actually had my hands on the hood of the car when they finally came to a stop.  I might have yelled out “Stop, Stop STOP!!!”  and waved my Italian hands in protest. The reason this light is so bad (and probably every other one in this city) is because people are so focused on the light turning green and getting where they need to be, that they do not obey the other signals and laws…..those being the pedestrian light and the law that says they must yield to the actual pedestrian that could be in the road.

The law in Texas clearly states:

Sec. 552.002. PEDESTRIAN RIGHT-OF-WAY IF CONTROL SIGNAL PRESENT. (a) A pedestrian control signal displaying “Walk,” “Don’t Walk,” or “Wait” applies to a pedestrian as provided by this section.

(b) A pedestrian facing a “Walk” signal may proceed across a roadway in the direction of the signal, and the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.

(c) A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a “Don’t Walk” signal or a “Wait” signal. A pedestrian who has partially crossed while the “Walk” signal is displayed shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the “Don’t Walk” signal or “Wait” signal is displayed.

What this means is, if you are turning right, and have a green light this does not mean “GREEEN! Must step on accelerator and get to where I am going 5 seconds earlier!”. It means “You may proceed IF there is no one in the crosswalk”.

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HS Ambassador Jody Marr shows how her orange Race Hat helps her stay safe and seen at a busy intersection she often runs across.

Most people do not watch for pedestrians.  I can vouch for that, having had so many “OMG I’m  going to die” moments running and on my bike.  The focus is on the light turning green and they proceed through without looking, hence my near misses.  I wear bright colors so cars can see me and don’t run me over, which increases my exercise satisfaction immensely.

Basically what you need to know is this:

Green light = look for pedestrians.  If there is someone there, you MUST WAIT AT THE GREEN LIGHT UNTIL THEY CROSS.  I know, stopping at a green light! is agony,  but those things walking upright on two legs are called people and your car colliding with them is no bueno, so cool your jets.

If there is no one there, you may carry on.

Make it your new habit if you are already not doing so.

Remember, that person you might mow down in your hurry to get through that light very well could be me.

 

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Headsweats Brings Bold New Styles to Athleta Spring ’15 Catalog

Back in September, Headsweats received the opportunity of a lifetime when our headwear got to take the stage at New York Fashion Week!  Women’s active clothing brand, Athleta, worked with us to create special sublimated Race Hats and Trucker Hats for their Spring ’15 line.  At Athleta’s first-ever fashion show, Crush of Adrenaline, the sublimated Race Hat made it’s glorious debut!  Needless to say, we were stoked!

After months of anticipation, the Athleta Spring ’15 catalog featuring the new headwear finally arrived at our office!  Check out the awesome images and pick up the Athleta catalog for yourself!

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The Athleta Spring ’15 Catalog is here!

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Check out our awesome trucker with special colors designed just for Athleta!

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Another cool trucker color!

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This is that hat that hit the stage at the Crush of Adrenaline show!

We hope you love the new designs just as much as we do!  We are thrilled to be partnering with Athleta and hope we’ll be making many more awesome headwear designs for them in our future!

 

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Headsweats Ambassador Spotlight: Penny Comins

Last week, Headsweats Ambassador Penny Comins embarked on a new racing adventure – the Tarawera Ultra Marathon, New Zealand’s most prestigious ultramarathon.  Running 85 km through stunning New Zealand and Maori tribe land, Penny raced to a 2nd place overall finish!  Here’s her recap of the event:

‘How is this pace? You just let me know’. Jo McVeagh, my pacer, asks. I look down at my Garmin; it’s ready 4.32 per kilometer pace. ‘Yep, we are going good.’ With 20 kilometers to go of the 85 I need to complete to get from Kawaru to Rotorua in the Tarawera Ultra Marathon I am feeling pretty strong. In fact stronger than I had ever thought I would. I am running in to a distance I have never seen on foot before. I keep telling myself it is just a few laps around Richmond Park left to go. I can do this distance.

1,150 started in the dark at the base of the famous Redwoods Forest, home to the World Cup Mountain Bike Tour. Each athlete is on their own endeavour to do something amazing over one of three distances; 60, 85 or 100 kilometers. The Tarawera Ultra Marathon is the second race in the Ultra Trail World Tour and as a result has attracted a credible international field.  My running shoes toe the line with the worlds best; Nuria Picas, Ruby Muir, Ruth Croft, Dylan Bowman (who went on to smash the 100km record in 7h44min) and Jorge Maravilla and Pau Bartolo Roco, the guy I saw win the CCC race just last year.

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My journey is all about 1. Finishing the 85km to get two more points needed for CCC and 2. Keeping it at seven out of 10 effort all day. Straight off the gun I felt like pulling faces similar to the Maori send off we had. Think Haka tongues before an All Black rugby game. My legs were clogged and I had a tight groin, despite all the build up of massage, chiro and wee runs.

Instead of dwelling on these niggles I just kept thinking ‘is this seven out of 10 effort?’ and powered on. Starting at the front meant a lot of people passed me as we headed out of the Redwoods and around the Blue Lake. I didn’t let this whipping deter me, as I knew it was better than being stuck in congestion if I was further back.

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The moon was still up as we left the Blue Lake and crossed a hilly section to Lake Okareka. The support popping out of the bush was immense. This contrast to quiet, soulful time in the bush and loud support from the locals was a fantastic motivator. The scenery was stunning and as I popped out of the bush sections I could feel the heat of the sun rising. Perfect, just how I like it – hot!

It wasn’t until I scoffed a Nutella sandwich at Okataina Bay that I realised I was actually hungry. I downed another and some ice cold ginger beer. Such a simple pleasure brought immense joy and much needed speed. Spotify shuffling songs in my ears, I went up a gear and FLEW. My feet hardly touched the ground. I had Killian feet and felt on FIRE. Go the Nutella.

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A split second later I was holding on to the side of the path by finger tips. Only water below, perched on a wedged punga log was not the flying I was wanting to feel. After a feeble ‘heeelllpp’ to passing feet I was being dragged out. Relieved to back on the track and only slightly bleeding I carried on with the same velocity.

At Humphries Bay I knew I was past the technical stuff and soon I would pop out at Tarawera Falls, both stunning in vista and exciting in the people I would see. I would pick up my pacer Jo and have the end in sight. I only slightly noted that the results on the board showed all the other distances first to third, yet Woman 85km was blank. I asked and got a nonchalant response from the volunteers.

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Seeing Jo and my coach James Kuegler was another story. Not wanting to ruin my plan James just said ‘I was running a good race and to keep the pressure on’. I looked knowingly at Jo as I changed shoes and said through steely determination ‘We are passing everyone we see!’

We ran the last 25 kilometers through undulating private forestry roads like we stole something. A true testament to my age old belief – the body does what the mind thinks. Even after the finish line smooch with hotty race organiser Tim Day I was in denial that I had finished the task and placed second. An amazing experience that is still sinking in.

Imagine what CCC will be like! I get tingles just thinking about it.

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Headsweats Announces 2015 Ambassadors!

Headsweats is thrilled to announce the final roster for our 2015 Headsweats Ambassador team!  Selected for their leadership and accomplishments in their chosen disciplines, this year’s roster includes 30 individuals and four teams competing in sports from running to rowing and triathlons.  Our Ambassadors come from throughout the United States and include men and women who have competed in everything from local 5K’s to full Ironmans®.

This year’s Headsweats Ambassadors include the men’s club rowing team from Boston College; Penny Comins, a triathlete who has competed in 18 Ironmans, including Norseman and the 2014 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; and Justin Gillette, a father of two who is chasing his 100th marathon victory.  This diverse group of athletes will represent Headsweats while training, at the races in which they compete, and through their online presence. In addition, our ambassadors will be instrumental in testing and supplying feedback for future products and designs for the brand.

The complete roster of 2015 Headsweats Ambassadors includes:  Smitha Arons, runner; Stuart Barrington, multisport endurance athlete; Boston College Men’s Crew team; Jen Boudreau, runner; Anthony Chan, triathlete; Bryan Cichon, runner; Penny Comins, triathlete; Kim Cowart, runner; Chris Day, triathlete; Joe Dean, ultrarunner; Aaron Freesmeier, runner; Justin Gillette, runner; Danielle Hastings, runner; Andrea Hipps, triathlete; Dustin Hinton, triathlete; Ironworx Multisport, triathlon team; Nicole Kesten, triathlete; Hideki Kinoshita, runner; Otto Lam, runner; Bryan Lamb, multisport endurance athlete; Erin Lockwood, triathlete; Jody Marr, multisport endurance athlete; Mixed Nuts, adventure racing team; Felipe Mora, triathlete; Carson Phillips, runner; Kris and Mindy Przeor, runners; Amanda Remlinger, triathlete; Ed Shepherd, triathlete; Lisa and Lucas Smelser, triathletes; Team Tecnu, adventure racing team; and Michelle Thomas, triathlete.

For more information on Headsweats Ambassador program visit www.headsweats.com/pages/headsweats-athletes.html.  We couldn’t be more excited to see what this year has in-store for our ambassadors!

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Headsweats Debuts Exciting new Collections at Winter Outdoor Retailer and PGA Show

From Utah to Florida, Headsweats’ newest products and designs are making headlines!   Last week, the Headsweats team debuted the bold and bright Loudmouth Collection at the annual PGA show.  2,000 miles away in Salt Lake City, Headsweats debuted the latest and greatest for Spring 2015 at the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer show.  From Loudmouth hats and visors, to a rockin’ line of performance truckers, to new sublimated headbands and shorty’s, guests were wowed by the bright new colors, unique designs, and exciting new updates!  Here’s a sneak peak at what went down behind the scenes at the shows!

In Orlando, the Headsweats team got Loud & Proud in the Loudmouth booth:

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Loudmouth founder “Woody” gets interviewed in his Headsweats hat!

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A Headsweats staff member gets an official Loudmouth makeover!

Here’s a clip of the Loudmouth booth in action and an exlusive interview with Loudmouth founder, Woody!  We spy some Headsweats:  http://www.pgatour.com/video/2015/01/23/2015-pga-merchandise-show-fashion-exclusive–loudmouth.html.  Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, the Headsweats booth was buzzing!

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New sublimated Trucker Hats!

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Headsweats booth staff models the new Performance Trucker collection.

Both shows were a HUGE success, and the Headsweats crew had a blast!  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the year!

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