TRAIL issue 42

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Boost your trail running with the final issue of TRAIL

The final issue of TRAIL (Jan/Feb/Mar 2022) is available on this site, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, and Zinio.

The 42nd issue of TRAIL is the final we produced before transitioning to a free content resource, and brings you 206 pages of trail running inspiration.

This site, our social media, and our fortnightly newsletter will continue putting out content that will put a shine on your trail running experience.

TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition cover collage
The first cover, featuring all 42 covers since December 2011. (Phew, time flies!)

We’ve all suffered cabin fever to varying degrees since lockdowns began in March 2020. The urge to travel and explore now is strong!

You’ll be inspired and motivated by our international travel feature this issue. Experience the runner-munching Tor des Géants through the lens of Tim Underwood, only the sixth South African to complete this 330km Italian monster of a race.

Tor des Géants 2021 TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition

After all that suffering, you’re gonna need a laugh, so head on over to the 2021 Bestest Awards, which mostly, if we’re honest, is just a lark.

Bestest Awards 2021 TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition

On the training side, coach Sean Tait dives deep into the topic of the long run – at what point does time on your feet become counter-productive? You’ll know after reading this great article!

Long run LSD training section TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition

For newbies wondering about what kit is really needed for trail running, there’s advice from coach Elsabé Hunter. She breaks it down into simple, no-nonsense information that will hopefully save you or your friends time and money.

Looking for events? We’ve got 38 great ones until the end of April. You’ll also enjoy the race wraps for Q4, including the North Coast Ultra, K-Way SkyRun, Ultra-trail Cape Town, and the debut Lofer.

While you’re in adventure mode, the Cool Hot Days venue feature will hit the sweet spot. These are trails that give you some protection (and water to splash in and sometimes drink) from those cooking summer days.

On the second cover (and why not, right?) Karoline Hanks shares her passion for Nature and wildlife. In her profile feature, you’ll learn about Bob, the turtle she’s fundraising for. And maybe you’ll help her ensuring he gets the freedom he needs in the next few months.

Karoline Hanks cover TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition
The (other) cover – why not, right? – featuring eco-warrior ultrarunner Karoline Hanks.

In two heartwarming stories, you’ll discover why two brave women chose the 2021 Otter African Trail Run to remember someone departed and much loved one.

Who doesn’t like new running kit? No-one! And that why there’s some juicy gear to choose from:

  • Apparel from Brooks, First Ascent, and Salomon.
  • Hydration packs from Rock Rabbit, The North Face, and Salomon.
  • Shoes from Salomon, Oofos, The North Face, and Brooks.
TRAIL magazine South Africa issue 42 final edition Gear guide running shoes intro

Enjoy an overview of Erica Terblanche‘s ‘electromagnetic storm’ of adventure in her new book. There’s lots more on the people front. We remember the entertaining genius of Raasbekkie, are inspired by the adventurous soul of Nonhla Tau, get to know the husband and wife team of Team Fresh Trails better, and are inspired by Kevin Light‘s journey with us since the very first issue.

TRAIL 42 is designed for maximum reading pleasure on your tablet, smartphone, desktop, and laptop.

Get it for R29.99 now.

We’ve put a lot of sweat and tears into it. We hope you enjoy!

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