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Product Guide issue 23

New season: new gear! This issue's product guide features a selection of some of the warmest jackets from First Ascent and Salomon, and the latest trail shoes from Brooks, Hi-Tec, Salomon and Saucony brands. New to SA, Raidlight features their 10 litre race vest. Nutrition options from Biogen and NuZest have your fuel covered.
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What’s in TRAIL 23?

Create good habits for training and health with TRAIL 23, on shelves until the end of June 2017. Learn how to train for a stage race, tackle tricky uphills, and use stretches and warmups to perform at your best.
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Rory Scheffer interview

Cover athlete Rory Scheffer is just getting started, with international races all over his to-do list. He already has several wins under his belt, selectively racing as he builds to his international goals. Most recently it was the Ultra-trail Cape Town® 65km, after victories at Giant’s Cup Trail Run, and Dryland Traverse.

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.
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Caffeine and your heart

Caffeine is a stimulant which can mess with your cardiac rhythm, right? No, this time we bring good news for you and your morning filter coffee. Hurrah! Discover the effect of caffeine on your heart health in this extract from The Haywire Heart, the first book to explore heart conditions in athletes.
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Andrew Porter’s Great Himalaya Trail record

What better way to deal with a breakup than run the 1,400km Great Himalaya Trail solo? Andrew Porter did it, and did it quick, setting a new record of 28 days, 13 hours, 56 minutes. This is his journey.
Are you hooked on exercise?

Exercise Addiction Quiz

Test yourself for signs of exercise addiction, which may lead to overuse injuries, adrenal fatigue, and relationship issues. It's worth your concern: 10% of fast runners have an exercise addiction, and 20-40% of triathletes are exercise addicts. This is an extract from The Haywire Heart, the first book about heart problems in athletes.

Hip position for superior running form

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!

Previous Issues

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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Events calendar

Get the next six months of trail running events in every issue of TRAIL, including international events. Issue 23 of TRAIL magazine (April/May/June) features 150 trail running events in South Africa and internationally.

Salomon Speedcross 4 winners announced

Thank you if you entered to win a pair of Salomon's all-new Speedcross 4. This competition closed 5pm on 3 November 2016. The winner is: Megan Hartwig! Congratulations.
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Brooks Mazama trail shoes winners announced

Congratulations to Daryl Hefer and Bianca Balutto for each winning a pair of Brooks Mazama trail shoes in this exclusive TRAIL magazine giveaway!
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Trail Clinics with TRAIL magazine

To stay informed about our Trail Clinics in Knysna (13 Jul 2017), Gauteng (29-30 July 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.
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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.
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