by Old Bone Machine
Yep, Mike Foote is Missoula’s self-proclaimed, fastest, yurt-dwelling ultra-runner.
What’s the best part of the yurt lifestyle? The quiet at night. The warmth of the wood fire stove on a fall evening. Sharing the space with friends for a dinner party. Putting on my running shoes and going for a 35-mile run from the front door without seeing a soul, or a stretch of asphalt. Although it can be inconvenient and cumbersome, there is something cathartic about chopping wood and hauling water. The best part about the yurt lifestyle is all of these things, which is to say, the lifestyle.
The trail racing community is rather close-knit with competitors becoming friends to the point of family and runners pacing and crewing for perceived rivals. How do you explain the bonds? There’s a saying along the lines of “great relationships are forged in battle,” and that is true in trail running. We have a shared suffering that exists on a whole other level, and it perpetuates the community-oriented sense we all feel. We check up on one another, crew, pace, cheer and then there’s the time spent together on the trail. It fosters something a little different.
Watch a short documentary by Joel Wolpert on Mike Foote, yurt dwelling and running through the winter season. Yep, be inspired.