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State of Trail

State of Trail

I thought I would write something for my bloggers corner this week on the state of trail and ultra running in our country.
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Why did i decide to write on this topic you ask? Well last week I downloaded and watched Sage Canady’s new short-film MUT Runner ( Mountain Ultra Trail Runner) and he discusses the state of ultra running in Europe and America. The film boils down to present what Sage sees as being an evolution in the sport of Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running. How the influence of prize money, corporate sponsorship and international competition have changed the dynamic of the sport.

That got me thinking where are we in this evolutionary chain? I think Ultra and Trail is getting bigger every year in South-Africa but nowhere close to the 1000’s of people you see at road races? Why is that?

Honestly I don’t know why there are not thousands of people lining up to run Ultras and Trails but I could speculate… It takes a special kind of crazy person to run these races. The trail running community in South-Africa is really small and everyone knows everyone, with that being said a lot is being done to promote the sport.

We have some really epic races that you will suffer through but that will give you real perspective of where you are in your life.

Any idiot can run a marathon. It takes a special kind of idiot to run
an ultramarathon.- Alan Cabelly

I don’t know of many Trail Athletes except Ryan Sandes that makes a living on just sponsorships in the sport.

Ultra Trail Mount Fuji 2014- Kenta Onoguchi

Ultra Trail Mount Fuji 2014- Kenta Onoguchi

I would be interested in hearing from the community what they think.

Happy Trails!

P

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