TRAIL 39

Dive into our Autumn 2021 issue, with 250 pages of inspiring trail content. Get it easily on multiple digital platforms today.

Cover Matty Healy by Kyle Quintao TRAIL 39

Take your trail running to new heights with TRAIL’s Apr/May/Jun 2021 issue.

Totally redesigned for maximum legibility on digital devices, including smartphones, TRAIL 39 brings you 250 pages of South African trail running goodness.

“I have downloaded the magazine and am absolutely loving it! I love how much content there is, and am really enjoying the links to videos in the articles that one would not be able to have in the print edition. Thank you once again! Amy V 

Here’s an overview:

Take your trail running to new levels with 250 pages of trail goodness in issue 39 of TRAIL magazine. The April/May/June issue includes a calendar of 70 events to the end of June, an account of two trail runners experiencing a desert flash flood in the Karoo, and 18 gear ideas from core trail brands.

If you want to ramp up your race results, there’s stacks to learn from our local experts, including Meg Mackenzie, Sean Tait, Neville Beeton, Thabang Madiba, Toni McCann, Liza Kimble, and Dawn Nunes. Kim Drummond shows off her new home trails in New Zealand, but you can discover running locations closer to home with our feature on five new venues around SA.

You’ll find ultra runner Matty Healy on the cover, shot by Kyle Quintao.

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What else is in TRAIL 39?

Reader experiences

  • Take a peek into the lives of other trail runners in our reader photos section, with action shots all over South Africa.
  • Read Andrew Muirhead’s letter about true friendship on the trails and beyond. Our letter writers are rewarded with Feetures socks for their efforts.
  • Andy and Sally Wesson are trapped in the mountains by a Karoo flash flood in the Eastern Cape.
  • In this issue’s TrailTalk, discover some of our readers’ favourite run mantras, opinions on running alone, and why they appreciate races.
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Ashwill Petersen and Demetrius van Rooyen get high on mountain air.

Reader experiences

  • Take a peek into the lives of other trail runners in our reader photos section, with action shots all over South Africa.
  • Read Andrew Muirhead’s letter about true friendship on the trails and beyond. Our letter writers are rewarded with Feetures socks for their efforts.
  • Andy and Sally Wesson are trapped in the mountains by a Karoo flash flood in the Eastern Cape.
  • In this issue’s TrailTalk, hear our reader’s favourite run mantras, opinions on running alone, and why they appreciate races.
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Andy Wesson’s view while trying to escape a flash flood in Rooikloof.

Gear

  • TRAIL 39 has a 30-page Summer Gear Guide packed with 18 quality products from 10 brands. See some of the latest offerings from Brooks, First Ascent, Druid’s Garden, Enduren Nutrition, Salomon, Groundlive, Squirrel’s Nut Butter, Tifosi, Trailhounds, and Triple Orange.
  • Win one of two Saucony Haul Lite Hydration Packs worth R2,599 each in our 2020/21 Trail Film Awards.
TrailTalk flash flood Andy Wesson TRAIL 39

Locations

  • Five newly opened trails around SA to explore.
  • Catch up with South Africans pushing boundaries: Kim Drummond connecting with her fart friends in New Zealand, and Naomi Brand trying to save South Africa’s West Coast from mining companies.
New Venues TRAIL 39

People

  • Ceres run duo Ashwill Petersen and Demetrius van Rooyen share their TrailLove.
  • Khuliso Mulaudzi runs ultras for Kusini Water, while building a trail community for Black runners.
  • Activist Karoline Hanks raises money to save the turtles while setting a 13 Peaks Challenge record.
  • Young Thari (5), Rone (6), Philip (7), Nils (8), and Emma (12) are TRAIL 39’s featured TrailKids.
  • Ultra running prodigy Matthew Healy shares his shift from rugby to trail, his best and worst trail running memories, and why he’d prefer not to shake your hand.

Training

  • Make sure you maintain your fitness even if you can’t (or don’t want to) go for a run with Coach Neville.
  • Train according to your body, hormones, and physiology with coach Meg Mackenzie of The Run Project.
  • “I live in the Eastern Cape. A day seldom passes when the wind isn’t pumping. It drastically affects my training times. Will my training still be effective in the wind?” Sean Tait of Off the Mark training gives a detailed answer to this question, to Help you beat the heat.
  • Four top trail runners share their secrets to a speedy (and safe) run down tricky trails. Hear from Toni McCann, Thabang Madiba, Rachel Manyathi, and AJ Calitz.
Coach Neville article keep moving TRAIL 39

Nutrition & Health

  • Find out why fibre is so great for your gut and health!
  • Make fibre-rich vegan sausage bake and raspberry oat squares with Melissa Lainn.
  • Bathe in a forest for incredible immune system effects, explained by Dr Michael Greger.
  • Heal your ITB with fascia release therapist Liza Kimble.
  • Be prepared for the dreaded ankle roll, with physiotherapist Dawn Nunes‘ first aid guide.
  • Is there such a thing as eating too much or too little carbohydrates? Yes, according to Dr Gabe Mirkin.
Erica Terblanche, second woman at Addo Elephant Trail Run 2021. photo Richard Pearce
Erica Terblanche, second woman at Addo Elephant Trail Run. photo Richard Pearce

Events

Media

  • See the 2021 Trail Film Awards entries so far!
  • We review books Six Years With Al Queda by Stephen McGown, and Determination by Jamie Marais.

About

TRAIL magazine became South Africa’s first print publication dedicated to the booming worldwide activity of trail running in December 2011.

Since then the mag continues to enlighten its growing readership with the best places to run, the most suitable gear and the most popular trail running events from every angle; visiting the Himalayas, Sahara Desert, Amazon, and many local trails, including the famed Otter African Trail RunAddo Elephant Trail RunUltra-trail Cape Town, and the K-Way SkyRun.

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