Tomorrow’s run is now: editorial

Dear 39-year-old self, You’re eighty years old now and in hindsight I can tell you one thing: trail running saved your life. At the moment, as you near your fortieth birthday, you just think it’s something you stumbled upon and through; something that weaves symbiotically between your personal life and working life. It all started when you had to write a profile. Remember? Hah. Running with Dean Karnazes to get an interview. He said it wouldn’t hurt you to run…

Hong Kong 100 to get Rammed

One thing about the trail running community: they (you) are a pretty spirited and, usually, community minded bunch. There’s appreciation of fellow trailites, pointy end or back of pack, mutual respect, and while competition and the will to win comes into play for some (but not all) of us, at the end of the day the A-types and the But I just love to run trail types have something in common: a love of running wild. Yet some of us…

Great minds run alike – edition 11 editorial

“Our search for understanding will never come to an end, and…we will always have the challenge of new discovery. Without it, we would stagnate.”  - Stephen Hawking I remember reading somewhere that some (many?) of the world’s most brilliant minds were and are runners.  Not Stephen Hawking, obviously. But others of his ilk more fortunate in physical capacity. Not only that, but when faced with one of their mind boggling problems – like, how do black holes work and is…

Latest Trail Run Mag blazes new trail

You know that feeling when you run a trail for the first time? It’s all new, fresh dirt, exploding the senses – makes you wanna steam through the jungle… Well, get ready to feel the same bolt of change when you open up the pages of the latest Trail Run Mag, Edition 10, hitting the e-shelves right now, because you’re in for a surprise. Last edition we checked in with new editors (welcome Rachel Jaqueline as our Asia Bureau Chief…

The calling: editoral

The man prowls around the desert fire, beating his chest. “It’s in here,” he thumps fist to heart hard enough that you can hear the thud from the back row. “You gotta have it in here (thump). You gotta want it like nothing else (thump). No excuses (thud). If it’s in here (thud), nothing can stop you (glare).” The man, shorter in stature but larger in life than you could imagine, pauses for practiced dramatic effect, circling his stare around…

AU Editorial> Chris Ord

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat.  “That was a fun run.” But what’s the meaning of ‘fun’? Aside from a cat in a hat, other potentially dubious online references tell us that: “Fun is the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience – short-term, often unexpected, informal, not cerebral and generally purposeless….

Dirty kilometres: who’s counting?

Trail Run Mag’s New Zealand Editor, Mal Law, signs off on his last edition as chief honcho with bigger projects about to be crammed into his running schedule. We’ll keep Mal on (if he’ll let us) as an Editor-At-Large, which simply means he’ll contribute as and when he can and tell us when we need to pull up our socks on New Zealand-based content. In the meantime, his editorial asks the question…who’s counting? (He is and he’s not gonna apologise)….

A dirty art: trail running*

I look at the large format canvas in front of me and ponder. I guess I’m supposed to be pondering the way the artist has captured the light, the technique to be admired in the brushstrokes, what the scene – of a swathe of earth near Tibooburra located at the remote intersection of the Victorian, South Australian and Queensland state borders – makes me feel. I’ll tell you what it makes me feel: like I want to go run it….

Brooks Trail Fest Fires Up

Ah course marking. It’s a wonderful thing. There you are, out in the wilds, all by yourself. For hours. Not racing. In fact you even have to slow down stop, put up some tape (knowing the sweep will get it come race end, keeping the place pristine), work out in your head if anyone will get confused at this point as they speed along the singletrail. I went light-on when it came to marking the marathon and half marathon courses…

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