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The Value of Preserving Wild Places

By: John Fiore, PT Value is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. Often associated with financial importance, the value of wild places goes way beyond the common conception of value. Unfortunately for our wild lands, the current political powers place […]


John Fiore wearing the Altra Timp; The Rut VK 2017

Trail Running Shoe Review: Altra Timp

By: John Fiore, PT The recently release Altra Timp trail shoe is the trail shoe I have been waiting for from Altra. Named after Mount Timpanogos in Utah’s Wasatch Range, the zero drop (heel and toe are the same height) Timp combines adequate cushioning for long runs without sacrificing performance. Weighing in at 11.1 ounces […]


Image from IMTUF 100 race - buildings around golden grass and trail

IMTUF 100 Race Report: 100 miles of running and more

By: John Fiore, PT Although seven months have past since race day, the scenes and experiences I left Idaho with will continue to be a part of me indefinitely. There is nothing glamorous or reasonable about running 100 miles in a single effort. The physical endurance required is surpassed only by the powerful emotions which […]


Teton Pass skimo race: winter 2016

Spring Ahead and Lessons Learned

By: John Fiore, PT Spring is marching on and April marks the beginning of the spring trail running race season. With the Gorge Waterfalls 100k race only a week away, I must shift gears and set my sights on the running season ahead. With a full list of trail running races once again in 2016, […]


Fall in the Missions

Climbing McDonald Peak: Fall in the Missions

Fall in the Missions By: John Fiore, PT On an October Saturday which was arguably the most spectacular fall day in western Montana, I returned to the Mission Mountains. I have spent many hours exploring the unique alpine terrain of this rugged range in 2015. On each outing, the impressive bulk and majesty of McDonald […]


John Fiore - Bighorn Run 100

John’s Bighorn 100 Run

Bighorn 100 Race Report By: John Fiore, PT Sapphire Physical Therapy As I sat in Dayton Park listening to the pre-race briefing, I felt strangely calm. Just two hours before the start of the Bighorn 100 and I just wanted to get started. The presence of fellow Missoulians is always reassuring at Bighorn. JB Yonce, […]


Mountain Biking

Anya’s Springtime Trail Adventures in and Around Missoula

Take a quick look at some photos from a few of Anya’s Most recent Local outings. Sawmill Gulch. 1st week of March. Dry and dusty, believe it or not! Top of Warm Springs Ridge Trail in Southern Bitterroot. May 2nd. Maybe a little early for mountain biking above 7,000ft. Run to the top of Stewart […]


Trail Etiquette for All Trail Users

By: John Fiore, PT One of the most unique and treasured benefits of living in Missoula is easy access to trails in every direction from downtown. Spring in Montana draws Missoula residents out of home, cubicle, and gym hibernation in increasing numbers. As a community, however, our individual trail experiences are proportional to our trail […]