What is Trail Running? Well, trail running is a sport involving running, jogging or hiking on/over trails. It has different names around the world (for example, in the UK it is often referred to as mountain or fell running). The one unique aspect that characterizes trail running and sets it apart from road running and other races is the fact that it takes place on hiking trails, meaning that often the surfaces run upon by athletes consist of grass or dirt and have mountainous terrains with ascents and descents that can be quite large. This definition of trail running may seem familiar to the definition and concept of cross country running. However the two differ in a number of ways. Firstly, cross country running is often short distances and is a governed sport, whereas trail running is loosely governed and thus the distance and locations vary by individual and by country or town.
The sport, though still not clearly defined, is gaining popularity worldwide. The U.S. alone has seen the sport rise in popularity with growth from 4.5 million to 6 million trail runners between 2006 to 2012 alone, and it continues attracting new athletes to this day. This increase in popularity has resulted in an more and more organized trial races and events, with hundreds of events in North America alone, and thousands worldwide each year. The races are well attended and organized and many are now annual or reoccurring events. Trail running is great for people of all ages and fitness levels as there are many different trails with different difficulties and terrains. Get a Willie Mullin free bet here.
There are many benefits to trail running, which are discussed further on another page. However, just to mention a few of them:
– Less stress on joints, back and the body
– Lower impacts on landscape and environment.
– Exposure to nature and to the landscape of the country (and the world!).