Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 22—National Trail Running Day!

A friend of mine, Chris Barber, at has recently started the inaugural National Trail Running Day (August 22, 2009) in order to bring awareness to the sport of Trail Running. There is a National Running Day but no day specifically made for running trails. Trail Running is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with runners taking to the trails of varying difficulties and distances to connect with nature and the environment, while also building strength and more technical running skills. Chris' goal is to help build some momentum to get even more runners hitting the trails.

Be sure to check out the National Trail Running Day website for a wealth of information from info on trail running shoes, to finding National Trail Running Day events, to finding running trails near you. You can also find information on National Trail Running Day on Facebook and Twitter.

Chris gives 8 great reasons to go trailing:

  1. Strengthens your leg muscles that road running does not.
  2. Improves balance and agility from running on uneven surfaces.
  3. Increases your mental toughness.
  4. Biophillia – humans want to be close to nature. Trail Running increases your time in nature.
  5. The primal thrill of using your body for what it was made to do, be a long distance, all-terrain vehicle.
  6. Reduces injury because running on soft surfaces is better for you joints. Also, the differing steps do not put as much stress on certain parts of your body.
  7. Less traffic and cleaner air.
  8. Running in the shade is cooler, allowing you to run longer distances and get a better overall work out.

So, check with your running club or your local running store and see if they have anything planned for National Trail Running Day (August 22). If they don't encourage them to use that day to promote, celebrate, and experience the sport of Trail Running. Suggest a trail race, some group trail runs, or some trail clean-ups.


Regina said...

hmmm...who knew there was such a thing...Got some trail running in this morning. First run since my back went out the day before my Oly tri last weekend.....felt good.

RunnerDude said...

Hey Regina! Glad you had a good run!