Nordic Nation: Going the Distance with Ben Lustgarten

Jason AlbertMarch 26, 2020

Live, from Vermont, it was Ben Lustgarten of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project — we spoke to Ben about his recent retirement announcement from full-time training and racing at the elite level. Lustgarten’s name is synonymous with the SuperTour’s sharp end. He’s also known to throw down burly strength workouts. He qualified and raced in two World Championships and claimed a 30 k classic National Championship in 2017.


Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Ben Lustgarten on his way to winning the 30 k classic mass start at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Jan. 11 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

In this episode, we discuss the reasons why Lustgarten stepped away from full-time training and the key aspects of the training-racing he’s embraced along the way. He’s honest and earnest as he ruminates on the difficulty of cracking into the World Cup top-30, and missing out on the 2018 Olympics.

Lastly, Lustrgarten is a grinder and we applaud his dedication and fidelity to the sport. Onward Ben.

Ben Lustgarten of the U.S during the 15 k classic at the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. Lustgarten placed 45th.(Photo: John Lazenby/



Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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