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…

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,…

Here comes Kepler: a trail challenge

Of tough men, long skirts and bronze shoes… A fixture on the New Zealand trail running calendar for 27 years, now, the inaugural Kepler Challenge  (planned to be a one-off) was originally organised to honour a Fiordland outdoor legend. In 1988, the Te Anau community was looking for a way to commemorate the centenary of the re-discovery of Milford Track by Quinton MacKinnon (re-discovery as it is thought that a similar route had previously been used by Maori to gather greenstone…

What’s your dream trail adventure?

We all have them: big, grand, near-impossibe, but very, very cool, dirty dreams. We lay awake at night conjuring up visions of single track sojourns in exotic places, we scan maps endlessly, looking for little dotted lines that show there’s trail for the running, and then we start planning: how can we Make It Happen? Well, The North Face Australia may just be your single track sugar daddy. The North Face is now accepting applications for The North Face Adventure Grant…

New Record for NZ Great Walks

After nine gruelling days of aching muscles, mental fatigue and sleep deprivation, Ben Southall (UK), Luke Edwards (AU), and Patrick Kinsella (UK) – aka The Global Adventurers – have completed a world-record setting challenge of running the nine Great Walks of New Zealand back to back. The goal of completing the Great Walks in nine days was achieved with just 40 minutes to spare, although, as with every adventure in nature’s extremes not everything went to plan. Extended drive times…

Record attempt on NZ’s Great Nine

Nine and a half marathons in nine days through a range of testing terrain plus a 145-kilometre kayaking mission in the mix – this is the challenge three running adventurers have set themselves this coming November as they attempt to run New Zealand’s nine `Great Walks‘ in as many days. Even for New Zealand – the spiritual home of adventure racing and a mecca for trail running enthusiasts from around the world – this is an extreme undertaking, and one…

Editorial: Life bender

Vicki Woolley, NZ editor’s column from the latest edition of Trail Run Mag. The other day I picked up a crappy cheap canvas board from The Warehouse, plain black with blue writing:  “ONE DAY CAN BEND YOUR LIFE”.  It’s not hanging on the wall yet, oddly, I move it around the house every few days.  Even now as I glance at it propped up against my computer table, I am simultaneously empowered and humbled. The course of my life bent…

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