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Gear Guide issue 25

Buy everything you need to prepare you for the trails this summer. The TRAIL 25 gear guide features bars, hydration, tops, shorts, tights, accessories and shoes shoes shoes!
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Bennie Roux interview

Bennie Roux, known as Yster (iron-strong) to his friends, eats ultras for breakfast - including the Comrades Marathon, Addo Elephant Trail Run 100 miles, and The Munga 400km. Cover athlete of TRAIL 25, shot by Sven Musica.
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Protected: Nine Peaks Challenge – the full story

Tag the highest peak in every province of South Africa. It's a simple enough premise. The tricky bit is runners have to drive themselves over 3,000km across the country from when the clock starts at the foot of the first peak until they summit the final peak. In 2017 two teams of adventurers have broken the record. Here are their stories, originally published in TRAIL 25.

What’s in TRAIL 25?

Train for longer distances and share the love with TRAIL 25, on shelves from 26 September 2017. Learn how to train for your first 15km trail, find doggie run routes, cross-train on obstacle courses, and develop your eyes to run fast and safe over any terrain. There's something for everyone in TRAIL 25!
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Protected: Energy paradox – you can’t outrun a bad diet

So many people start running with the aim of losing weight. But it isn't that simple: what you eat and how much have a much stronger influence on your weight than your daily exertion. Article originally published in TRAIL magazine issue 25.
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Baviaanskloof Trail Run keeps them coming back

There were several return customers earning the title of Legend at the ninth Baviaanskloof Trail Run on 8 September 2017. Find out what makes this race addictive.
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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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Previous Issues

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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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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.

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Get the next few months of trail running events in every issue of TRAIL, including international events. Issue 25 of TRAIL magazine (October/November/December) features over 90 trail running events in South Africa and internationally. Month ahead published online.

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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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To stay informed about our Trail Clinics, 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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