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Trail Run June - July 2019

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Trail Runner New Zealand & Australia (formerly Kiwi Trail Runner) is New Zealand's best running magazine. The writing is loaded with 'real' experience and connects readers with fellow runners and New Zealand's stunning landscape. Even the most ardent couch-dwellers have picked up Kiwi Trail Runner and said it has inspired them to head outside and run in terrain that is among the most spectacular on earth. This magazine will appeal to anyone who wants to feel part of a community of people who love running, the outdoors and the camaraderie that comes with having a shared purpose. 1 year subscription equals 6 issues. 2 years subscription equals 12 issues. Your subscription will begin when the next issue is published to make sure you get the latest edition. As this is a bi-monthly magazine your first delivery may take six - eight weeks.

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in this issue

4 min.
gregor paul editor

It's always been hard for me to fathom why so many people find it hard to get outside and run during the winter months. These are the good months as far as I'm concerned. Perfect for running. I hang out for winter, finding it so much easier to run in the cold than the heat. Frankly I find it weird that people see the sun come out, beat down with all its power and consider that motivation to get out to run. Summer smokes out so many occasional runners. Come the summer months, come the fair weather runners, willing to pound around in hostile conditions. In my head, it should be winter that the sporadically committed find easier to embrace. The cold is not debilitating the way the heat is. Winter sits entirely as a…

1 min.
dream event

The Kepler Challenge South Island NZ The Kepler Challenge has arguably become New Zealand's most prestigious trail event in that it carries a level of mystique and exclusivity that other iconic races don't. The track, in New Zealand's Fiordland, is pristine and beyond words and even in December the weather can vary from scorching to freezing, deepening the sense of unknown which comes with being in such a remote corner of the world. The Goat North Island NZ This event takes place on the same day as the Kepler Challenge – December 7 – in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. It's magic comes from the diversity of the landscape, which itself has been shaped by relatively recent volcanic activity. It offers just about every sort of terrain imaginable and while it is only about 20km in…

4 min.
why we run reloaded

A few years back now I wrote an article called 'why I run', the objective of which was to dig a little deeper below the surface, and to share with people the real reasons that I lace up and hit those trails reasonably regularly. In no particular order, these were (and still are) the key reasons why I do it; 1. The fantails – I believe fantails carry the spirits of those no longer with us. I believe they like to meet me on the trails, where they’ve been responsible for egging me up the odd hill (that’s Steve Neary!), and sometimes they are just there and they remind me of a few of the special people who checked out far earlier than they should have (my mum, and my best childhood…

5 min.
the perfect mix

It’s been pretty rad to see the explosion in popularity of trail running over the past decade. When I ran my first trail run in 2010, I literally had no idea there even was a thing called ‘trail running’. I’d never heard of it, and I’d certainly never seen it, because, well, it happened out on the trails so it’s not really something you see from your car or sitting on your arse watching TV. There was barely any mainstream media coverage of events so it was a bit like a secret club. But once I discovered it, even though I was supposed to be training for the New York Marathon which doesn’t involve an awful lot of trails or hills, I was hooked. My first one was a social run on a coastal trail,…

6 min.
mr durable

“If I’d won last year, I wouldn’t be here,” says Cody Reed cheerfully. The American ultrarunner, 28, is honest in his competitive intentions, while at the same time not taking things too seriously. My usually shy 8-year-old happened upon him before I did at the Tarawera runners’ BBQ event, and somehow they both ended up walking around being chickens, with legs through t-shirt arm holes. A strong previous effort scored Reed a second at Tarawera last year, about nine minutes behind fellow US runner Dylan Bowman. “I was closing hard,” remembers Reed. “I think the gap was 15 minutes at some point and I hammered the last few miles but it wasn't enough. So unfinished business, definitely. I’m here to win.” Reed first caught people’s attention as an ultrarunner in 2016 when he won…

2 min.
our little secret nz

Where: Nestled in the hills between Matarangi and Kuaotunu on the Coromandel Peninsula, this popular track was conceived by retired local residents in 2010. Built entirely by volunteer labour, residents wanted to provide a recreational area with an educational element for the community. Distance: 4.7km loop Degree of difficulty: Easy Access: Runners can access the track from the end of Goldfields Drive in Matarangi, or from either end of Rings Beach. There is adequate parking handy to all three entrances. NB: It is advisable to check if all entrances are open ahead of travelling to Matarangi Bluff Track. Why: Matarangi Bluff Track provides the most spectacular views over Matarangi, Kuaotunu and into the ranges while passing through regenerating forest. The forest has been enhanced with a native tree planting program since 2010, in cooperation with local schools…