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cover Naomi Brand by Sven Musica no text TRAIL 24

What’s in TRAIL 24?

Get ready for long kilometres with TRAIL 24, on shelves from 26 June 2017. Learn how to train for a 100 miler, discover slackpacking trails, cross-train with climbing, and tackle rocky trails. This issue will inspire you to break from your comfort zone!
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Naomi Brand interview

Naomi Brand is on the cover of TRAIL 24. She earned it by winning the Addo Elephant 100 miler, and setting a new record. Get to know the artist, runner, and vet in our exclusive interview. Bonus content from her sister Alae Brand on web only!
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Gear Guide issue 24

TRAIL 24 has a totally revamped gear guide, packed with 35 products! We feature a selection from Almond Creamery, Altra, Brooks, Enduren, First Ascent, Hi-Tec, Hoka One One, Injinji, Medipod, Newton, Salomon, Saucony, SPOT, SuperBar, Thule, TomTom, Trailnuggets, and Ultimate Direction.

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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Holey Shirt! A brief history

Ryan Sandes won the 2017 100 mile Western States Endurance Run in a shirt full of holes – precision cut holes. There is a history of innovation for this race, and a longer history of the holey shirt.
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The glorious return to Fish River Ultra 2017

AJ Calitz returned to the 100km Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra to claim his third win, in what he calls his toughest FRU ever. The 65km winner, Athanasius Muronga, earned his fourth consecutive win! Read stories of adventure from AJ Calitz, second man Roelof Feenstra, and winning woman, Sandra le Roux.
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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.

Previous Issues

cover Rory Scheffer by Xavier Briel no text 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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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.
cover no text TRAIL 18 Christiaan Greyling by Brett Nattrass


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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Events calendar

Get the next six months of trail running events in every issue of TRAIL, including international events. Issue 24 of TRAIL magazine (July/August/September) features 142 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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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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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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Saucony Peregrine 7 winners announced

Scroll down to see the names of winners of Saucony Peregrine 7 trail shoes, worth R2,300 per pair. The competition closed at midday on 23 June 2017.
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