Winter Running Resources and YakTrax Pro Giveaway

iciclesBrrr! The temperatures have plummeted, the wind is howling, and snow has fallen eight of the past nine days at our Utah headquarters. I guess that means winter is on its way, if it’s not already here. With that in mind, we’re going to take this opportunity to highlight some of the winter running resources that can be found here on As a bonus, we gave away five pairs of YakTrax Pro, our favorite winter running traction device.

Winter Running Resources
If you stop by iRF looking for our latest winter-related articles, click on the Winter Running tab at the top of every page or bookmark our winter running tag URL. If you’re looking for some more specific winter running advice, below are some examples.

Gear Resources
Two winters ago, we pulled together a series of winter running traction device reviews. The series, which focuses on over-the-shoe devices, includes separate reviews of Kahtoola MICROspikes, Kako Ice Trekkers Ultra (discontinued), STABILicers SPORT, and YakTrax Pro – our top pick in the lot. Stay tuned for an overview of additional winter running traction methods this winter.

We’ve also reviewed some shoes that are particularly suited for winter, such as the Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX, the Asics Gel-Arctic WR 2, the Inov-8 Mudclaw 330, the Saucony ProGrid Razor, and the La Sportiva Crosslite.

If you’re looking for ways to stay warm, take a look at our reviews of Moeben Arm Sleeves, the Original Buff, and the Merino Wool Buff. There are also multi-review articles on transition weather running apparel as well as running gloves and mittens.

Alternative Activities
Runners in snowy areas often engage in additional winter sports to maintain their endurance through the winter. Last year, we published articles on snowshoe running basics and snowshoe racing as well as my own 3-day snowshoe trek around Yosemite National Park. Look for more on snowshoe running articles this winter as well as information on other winter endurance sports.

Articles and Entertainment
We’ve also got a couple winter articles that you might enjoy. First off, there’s one discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of snowshoe running. Then there’s Kevin Sullivan’s highly entertaining Why I Hate/Love Winter Running. If you enjoy Kevin’s winter running article, check out his poignant Will Running on the Treadmill Make You Insane? Away from iRunFar, check out iRF writer Meghan Hicks’s Postholing Memories story. If you’re a fan of cross country running, consider whether it should be part of the winter olympics.

YakTrax Pro Giveaway!
YakTraxWe’re sure that you haven’t forgotten about about the YakTrax Pro giveaway and neither have we! [Unfortauntely for you, the contest has already closed.]

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There are 169 comments

  1. Jenn Merriam

    I plan to sign up for the April 17th Trail Animals Don't Run Boston 50k. Living in NH, I'll certainly have to train outside on the roads and snow-covered sidewalks.

  2. patrick

    winter running in SE michigan is horrible. the only possible silver lining is that it makes you mentally tougher than all those guys up in the mountains with their vistas, breath-taking peaks, towering pines and the rest of it…we just get four months of bitter sub-freezing temps, lead grey sky and long flat roads covered in black slush. it's like living inside a dirty, smoke-filled icebox.

    yak-traks? the name is just silly enough to work.

    -patrick thurber

    la salle, mi

  3. Bill McGovern

    I live in New York, cold and snowy. I have plans of running a spring 100, hopefully Massanutten. I could use the extra help a pair of Yak's would give to my Winter trail running.

    Bill McGovern

    Marathon N.Y.

  4. Steve

    I had my first shivers of fall running prior to the start of the NY marathon this year. I was conflicted – so nice to not sweat (as much) but all those additional layers…

    Not to mention the extra laundry!

    My goal is to run consistently throughout the winter, unlike years past when I've gone into partial hibernation mode.

    I'm going to take your tips and reviews and put them into good use.

    thank you

  5. Nathan

    My plans for winter running included easing into cold weather barefoot running, but we've had three days of -20 F weather that put those plans to a halt. Although my unshod feet are the most waterproof footwear I own, they still struggle at keeping my atop mounds of snow. For those colder, more snow-piled days, a pair of YakTrax could come in handy :-)

  6. Tony

    I was deployed last winter so I did not get to challenge the elements. I look forward to continuing my training this winter and try out all my new winter gear. It does get cold living near Lake Michigan. YakTrax would definitely help the snowy days, particularly the lake effect snow days.

    Tony, Milwaukee, WI

  7. Ben

    My YakTrax Pro broke 2 years ago. Last year, I just used screws in the shoes, but I sure would like another pair. They're great for packed powder.

  8. Colby H.

    This year, I'll be training for a 1/2 marathon during the winter! Since running on a treadmill gets old quick, I'll be outside a lot. Just this last weekend, I picked up some nifty gloves and some tights…now, I welcome winter!

  9. Todd

    YakTrax Pro are on my christmas list. I run on trails and last winter got hurt trying to run without the proper gear. I have heard nothing but great things about your product from my ultra running friends. I hope to be the first person in my running club with a new pair of YakTraxs to show off :-)

  10. Randy Ehrhard

    Last year I was doing all treadmill runs during the winter- this year I vowed not to let that happen. First snow came yesterday, so it is just about time to get out there and go!

    Randy Ehrhard

    Woodland, WA

  11. Perry Ligon

    Kicking off my winter running with The Dirty Bird 15k at French Creek State Park, Birdsboro, PA on Thanksgiving Sunday. Next race, Snowfest in February at RB Winter State Park.


    Harrisburg, PA

  12. Theresa

    Looking forward to winter running here in Maine…can't believe I'm saying that! Training for some spring Ultra's and need to log those winter miles…OUTSIDE! The treadmill drives me crazy. YakTrax Pro would help me this winter and be a great Christmas present to me! :)

  13. Kirk Emry

    I am going to continue running up the mountain trails in the open space around Boulder. The trails are in trasition right now with some snow, and a bit of ice. Soon everything will be snow packed and easier to negotiate. The Yak Trax would be excellent for winter conditions here. Thanks.

    Kirk Emry

    Boulder, CO

  14. Chris Kennon

    Hoping for a mild winter in Colorado so I can keep my mileage up for next years 100 miler. Some yak trax will come in handy on the snow packed trails!


  15. Shelly

    I screwed my trail shoes for last winter's icey runs. They worked greated but left a bit to be desired in the noise department. I'd love to try Yak Trax for my trianing and two late winter Ultras!

  16. Ronnie F

    I don't think I could make it through the winter without my Yaktrax! While others are droning along on the dreadmill I am out enjoying the winter air and snow, running through the trails with my pup. Love love love them! Oh, but they do wear out eventually and so I could use a new pair this year, hint hint :)

  17. hminnesota

    Almost all time, I love winter in Minnesota. I am planning to get new running shoes and get myself ready for running on frozen lakes.

  18. Bobby

    It's my favorite time of year for running! Frigid starts, cold breaths…there's something about winter running that makes you feel alive!


    Kent, CT

  19. Kevin

    I need good Karma with the YakTrax. In Oregon now hoping to move the family to Michigan for a new career this winter that I am waiting to hear back from. They will come in handy in the snow there.

  20. Carter

    I am moving from Virginia Beach to Lynchburg, VA specifically so I have mountains and snow to train in/on. I am getting SERIOUS this year!

  21. Susan

    To the tune of Winter Wonderland, the Yaktrax version:

    Cars honk their horns, are you listening,

    In the lane, snow is glistening

    A beautiful sight,

    I'm still running upright,

    Running in a winter wonderland.

    Gone away is the sunlight,

    Here to stay is frostbite,

    Where is my power song,

    My stride is too long,

    Running in a winter wonderland.

  22. susan grant

    I love yak trax

    just finished up some beautiful fall ultras, vermont, JFK, and now gearing up for winter….

    watchung winter ultra,

    hopefully the snow will be gone by spring for Hat and umstead….


    1. cathy crisp

      would love yaktrax!!!!! we plan on doing lots of winter running as well as some beginning climbing such as the south sister in oregon, mt shasta( well that may not be beginner but we are going to attempt it) and any other mountains we can hike up. would love to win those!!!!!! love your website by the way, and my bumper sticker gets lots of comments!!

  23. Keith

    After last years snow in DC and having to do most of my training on a treadmill (the worst for 20 miles) I'd love to get out when its snowy this year.

  24. Armando Bajares

    I just moved to Canada and this will be my first winter. I think it would be cool to run in the snow.

    Armando. Montreal, QC

  25. Kathy l.

    It is souch fun running in the snow. The cold air on your face that makes your cheeks turn red and the smell of being outside is wonderful!

  26. Runner G

    I am looking forward to running in the snow – over the hills and through the woods! So much running fun, which would be made even more fun with some YakTrax!

  27. Suzy

    Have been running in my YakTrax since mid-October here in Alaska- paired with a bottle/camelbak of warm water (takes about 20 min to get drinkable cold, right around the time I need it). Sprinkle on a good attitude and that's all you need for winter running!


    Fairbanks, AK

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