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  • Robyn owen shot by andre gie TRAIL 22

    Robyn Owen interview

    “I want to see Robyn at Otter.” Kane Reilly’s prophetic words came three years before Robyn Owen’s record-breaking sub-five hour RETTO (see page 74). A lot has happened in those three years. Robyn finished her Masters degree in civil engineering, and won one more Dusi Canoe Marathon (she’s now won five). She’s spent just over a year traveling mountain ranges around the world with Mike, who she has since married.
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    Product Guide issue 22

    Start the new year with new gear! Brooks shoes, First Ascent, Hi-Tec, NuZest, PeptoSport, SwissEye, and The North Face showcase their finest in the TRAIL 22 product guide.

    What’s in TRAIL 22?

    Make the most of your runs with TRAIL 22, on shelves until the end of March 2017. Discover seven flat and fast trails, including five coastal runs, the best way to descend slippery hills, and how to use parkrun to test your fitness.
  • Smaug is after four poorly-disguised hobbits in the early morning light. That's Golem snapping at their heels, on the Byrne Horseshoe with Nail route. It's a beautiful 26km loop in Byrne Valley, just outside Richmond in KZN.
Our hobbits are Vaughn Smit, Malcolm Millar, Ryan and Craig Oellermann, and Brendon Ferrar (aka Golem) training in October for the Mighty MUTTER in October. Alison Coates, Durban

    Send us your trail running pics

    You know how it goes: everyone needs to see that while they were on the couch, you were running this pristine landscape, gazing at that exquisite view. You snap a pic. Or twenty.
  • Hips Don't Lie hip position run form Sean Tait TRAIL 21

    The hips don’t lie

    Appearing on page 64 in TRAIL magazine issue 21, this article demonstrates the importance of hip position in running form, and shows you how to correct yours!
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    What shoes to wear when you’re not running

    You have all the T-shirts, your preferred brand of shoes (that you replace on a regular basis), technical socks, and you spend between five and ten hours a week running. But what do you wear the rest of your waking hours, for the most time spent on your feet? In TRAIL issue 21 podiatrist Nelfrie Kemp explains which shoes are enemies to your feet, and what to wear instead.
  • The dogs Simola and Divot Trail Town running festival Knysna Kyle Smith

    The soul of trail running lives in Knysna

    A pair of brown eyes, and another pair of ice-blue eyes, stared at me accusingly and somewhat confused.I couldn’t blame the dogs; they usually get told “Outside! I’m running late...” rather than “Inside! I’m running late...”
  • Retto Otter African Trail Run tips

    Run your best Retto

    So, you really do want to be stronger at the end of the west to east Otter African Trail Run route known as the RETTO*?Of course you do! This is one of the most amazing runs you’ll ever do and the main reason the event is sold out almost immediately entries go live.But be warned! It’s a real beast.
  • featured Molweni Trail 2016 Tarryn Lopez by Anthony Grote t20

    Seven Tales from Molweni 2016

    The Molweni Trail Run podiums were dominated by unfamiliar names, hopefully to become stars on the rise like last year's winner, Johardt van Heerden. After a challenging prologue in miserable wet conditions, race day bloomed with clear skies and a warm sun. The glorious gorge, with lush forests and dramatic waterfalls, welcomed the brave 32km athletes, with hardly a hint of the brutal climbs to come.
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    Trail Clinics with TRAIL magazine

    To stay informed about our Trail Clinics in Gauteng (29-30 July 2017), Knysna (13 Jul 2017), and Cape Town (11-12 November 2017), tell us a bit about yourself through the nine-question survey below. You'll be added to the mailing list for future news. Book for Gauteng below. Knysna bookings will open at the end of February.
  • Matt Goode on the way to Rhino Peak, November 2015. ph Deon Braun

    Trail Camps with TRAIL magazine

    Develop your trail running skills, speed, and stamina, while experiencing amazing trails, wildlife, scenery, and friendships at TRAIL magazine's Trail Camps. The next is being held in the Rhino Peak, Underberg area, from 31 March to 2 April 2017, with coaching and distances to suit all levels. One lucky entrant who enters before 1 March 2017 will win an entry to the brand-new Drakensberg Rockjumper two-day event on 28 and 29 April.

    List your event in TRAIL mag

    You can have your trail running event listed in the print version of TRAIL magazine, or on this website. Be sure to send all the important details, well in advance!
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  • cover kane reilly TRAIL magazine issue 21

    TRAIL 21

    Make the most of every training session with TRAIL 21 and three different coaches! Discover seven forest trails across South Africa, the ultimate packing list for stage races, and which protein supplement is best for you. TRAIL issue 21 will be mailed to subscribers on Friday 30 September, and on newsstands from Wednesday 5 October 2016. It's a great issue, so be ready to pounce on your copy!
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    TRAIL 20

    Get TRAIL 20 to learn how to pace your race, run on fat, rehabilitate your injured ankle, lower insulin, heal your feet, and make Bear Grylls' quiche! Strengthen your running with five targeted exercises.
  • cover TRAIL 19 Kerry-Ann Marshall no text

    TRAIL 19

    Leopards, hippos, suppositories, hallucinations: all part of the 100 Mile journey at Addo Elephant Trail Run. Relive the exceptional (and ridiculous) experiences that made South Africa's only 100 miler worth the sweat and tears.
  • cover no text TRAIL 18 Christiaan Greyling by Brett Nattrass

    TRAIL 18

    We know about running like a Kenyan, but what about running like a European - you know - running up and down mountains as fast as mountain goats? So we asked top Euro runners - as well as South Africans who've raced in Europe - to distill what we found were five keys to trail success.
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    TRAIL 17

    Looking to get high on running? We've scoured South Africa for seven mountain runs to get you on top of the world! Need some inspiration? Read about our cover athlete Linda Doke's rise from chubby student to ultra racing maven. Steer clear of Runner's Knee with three bulletproofing strategies from Sean Tait.
  • johardt van heerden trail magazine cover issue 16

    TRAIL 16

    Are you running so hard that it is damaging your progress? You could be suffering from adrenal overload and on your way to being burned out! Need some inspiration? Read about the fastest trail runner in South Africa, cover athlete Johardt van Heerden.
  • cover TRAIL 15 Nicolette 600pixels

    TRAIL 15

    Stretching has to be good for your muscles right? Not always. Dr. Mirkin shares five facts about stretching that will make you evaluate your pre-race rituals. Meanwhile, Coach Mo will help you return to your running best after a long-term injury or surgery.
  • TRAIL 14 Ben Brimble cover

    TRAIL 14

    Before you started running, downhills looked easy, but now you know better! Andrew Hagen, the man behind the fastest known time (FKT) descending Platteklip Gorge, takes you through the mental and physical preparation involved in lightning fast descents.
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  • TRAIL 13 cover image Peter Kirk / Jacques Marais

    Issue 13

    The new Beginner 101 section gives newbies and even experienced runners valuable tips for the sunny season, including advice on deciding how many trail shoes you really need, which trail food to pack, planning your event taper, getting enough sleep - and much more.
  • TRAIL 6 cover with Megan Mackenzie by photographer Kelvin Trautman

    Issue 12

    She may not step from telephone booths in superhero attire when she zooms off to her runs, but it would not be surprising if cover athlete Megan Mackenzie did. The Jozi resident, with her heart still in KZN, is setting records, helping dyslexic kids and generally behaving like a superhuman.
  • ryno griesel kelvin trautman photo trail magazine 11 cover

    Issue 11

    Leaping like a panther on the cover of issue 11 is an icon of mountain running and adventure racing, Ryno Griesel. Years in the planning, Ryno teamed up with fellow Salomon athlete Ryan Sandes in March to set a new FKT (fastest known time) for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. 100 pages.
  • TRAIL 10 Iain and Su Don-Wauchope by photographer Em Gatland

    Issue 10

    In the first double-digit issue of TRAIL, coach Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg shares a varied, fast, no fuss workout that will not only take you less time but will have you running faster in two weeks. Survive the sun. Are we a generation of sugar addicts? And lots more. 100 pages.
  • TRAIL 9 cover Otter runners by photographer Kelvin Trautman

    Issue 9

    What’s in Issue 9 of TRAIL, which appeared on shelves in January and February 2014? Imagine doing a 7,000km road trip through the vastness of Namibia and running at the most breathtaking spots. Join the Paleo vs. plant debate with Tim Noakes and May-Ann Shearer. Relive the dangerous 2013 SkyRun. Like the idea? 100 pages.
  • TRAIL 8 magazine cover Tracy Zunckel

    Issue 8

    Experts including Ryan Sandes, Robert Boeder and Braam Malherbe discuss running at high altitudes. Visit Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, a trail gem south of Johannesburg that gives visitors an opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of this picturesque park.
  • Cover TRAIL 7 Thabang Madiba

    Issue 7

    Run Cape Point with Katya Soggot. Detailed advice on where to run in this stunning area. Night Running with the Freaks: tips, dos and don’ts. This could save your ankle, this could save your life someday. Injuries: Surviving The Three Most Common Ones: ITB, Calf and Achilles with our crash test dummy.
  • TRAIL issue 6 with Ryan Sandes by photographer Craig Kolesky

    Issue 6

    Get an in-depth look at what food the fastest runners are loading up on for their long training runs and races. Do they lean towards nature-based or manmade? Also in issue 6 is a no-punches-held article highlighting the health issues of drinking alcohol, even for 'fit' runners. 100 pages.
  • TRAIL issue 5 cover with AJ Calitz by photographer

    Issue 5

    Running On Rocks? It’s The Ultimate. Read This Issue’s Article – And Go Faster! TRAIL issue 5 takes an in-depth look on becoming more confident running over rocks and boulders. It’s not magic, it’s just a technique and if others have improved their rock running by consistently practicing, you can too! 100 pages.
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    Issue 4

    Read the 204 Greatest Trail Running Tips in 30 pages of offroad wisdom in TRAIL issue 4! TRAIL, South Africa's first magazine dedicated to the beautiful state called trail running, devotes 30 pages to the burning questions that all trail runners ask. Everything from beginner basics through to the best equipment choices to finding training venues is covered.
  • TRAIL 3 cover with Sonja Stafford-Northcote by photographer Deon Braun

    Issue 3

    Fact: Trail running is the new black. Just like mountain biking rode out of nowhere and knocked the wheels out from under road cycling, trail running is the antidote to running on crowded, often hazardous roads, and a breath of fresh air for anyone who has been a runner for any length of time. It’s booming – and it’s only going to get bigger. 100 pages.
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