Confess your trail sins (and win shoes)

Trail Run Confessional  – tell us your dirty trail secrets (of the mind if not the flesh) and you could WIN A PAIR OF Ultra Trail IIs (pictured below and reviewed in current edition of TRM. Yes, they come in other colours, too). In the lead up to The North Face 100, we’re giving away FOUR PAIRS of The North Face Ultra Trail II’s, one pair per week. Read on for how to win… With all the hours spent on the trails in the lead…

Safety first: new tech keeps runners on trail

Blue Mountains adventurer Lucas Trihey has developed new software that will help keep competitors safer in trail running events the likes of The North Face 100, of which he is the safety director. TNF100 sees runners push their bodies to the limit over 100km of the Blue Mountains’ most rugged and spectacular terrain and the new electronic medical data base will enable race organisers to better monitor the health of runners as they pass each check point. Among his many achievements,…

Women Better Runners Than Men: Research

It’s a headline that will rouse a few eyebrows, while also getting a few heads nodding in agreement (including those fellas who have recently been ‘chicked’, as the run crowd dubs it). But perhaps it’s something we all know deep down: women are better runners than men. That doesn’t mean an individual female is any faster/better than an individual male (although of course that can be the case), or that women hold the ‘fastest’ titles. That’d be like saying all all…

Trail Shoe Review: Raidlight R-Light 002 

Ever see Transformers? Be that the old cartoon on telly or the modern day slick flicks (prefer the former myself). Either way, in the Raidlight R-Light 002, you have the French trail running shoe equivalent. Looking at these you anticipate that all those slightly eighties-esque color patches will start to disassemble and reassemble themselves into another fighting form. And in a way they do. Unlike their robot counterparts, however, the physical profile of these remains intact, but the expectation of…

Trail Medic: Lyme Disease

There’s lots of dangers inherent in trail running, risks we all accept as part of the experience of going wild. One of them potentially prevalent across many trail running nations can leave runners bedridden, yet you won’t see the accused culprit coming. US-based Murray Susser, MD, gives oversight to the problem of ticks and the particularly nasty disease they can infect you with. [NOTE: it has been pointed out to TRM that in Australia there is, according to the Australian Government…

It was you: a letter of trail origins

Kiwi running legend, Mal Law, is about to undertake the most audacious feat of his life… the High Five-0 Challenge: fifty marathons, fifty mountains, fifty days. Before that it was the 7-in-7 and the Coastal Path Challenges with a bunch of other cause-related runs packed in between. On the eve of his biggest challenge to date – and biggest fundraising effort with almost $300K raised for Mental Health Foundation of NZ (MHF) – we thought we’d re-run a very personal piece he wrote for the…

New editor at Trail Run Mag

Let’s face it (says the Aussie), New Zealand may just be the best place on Earth to run trails. So when we kicked off Trail Run Mag in Australia fifteen editions and nearly four years ago, we always wanted to, without stepping on parochial toes, celebrate the trail running culture and community that exists there. To that end, we initially were supremely lucky to have Malcolm Law on board as our New Zealand editor, charged with curating all that was…

Editorial: Child’s Play on The Trails

  I believe the children are our future. Sure, Whitney Houston may not have gone on to be the greatest role model of all time, but her lyrics hold truths far greater than her kitschiness. Teach them well and let them lead the way. That’s it – you gotta show them what’s possible if they are going to be able to lead the way. Check all those kids setting themselves up for thumb arthritis as they ‘play’ on screens. Worse,…

Trail run guide: Ben Lomond, New Zealand

Your guide: Matt Judd from www.juddadventures.com One could argue that New Zealand boasts more killer trails per capita than anywhere else on the planet. And if one did argue that, one would have to say that Queenstown was the capital, so close is it to a plethora of singletrack gold. Thing is, you don’t even have to step far from town centre to be able to tackle a monster mountain run. Matt Judd, usually found on the Gold Coast, nipped…

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