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Afton 2016 Gear Junkie Article Photo Credit John Stewart

…Kurt Keiser, 42, who recently won the Afton 50K outside the Twin Cities, echoed Meltzer’s assertion that mental fortitude plays a huge role in ultras, where a competitor’s spirit and energy levels can fluctuate as much as the terrain. “I think a lot of it is the mental fortitude, having been around the block a few times,” said Keiser, a former member of the elite training group Team USA Minnesota who competed in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Keiser beat lightning-quick 26-year-old David Hackworthy on the undulating, hot course at Afton, as did fellow master’s runner and runner-up Tim Hardy, 42…

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