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Discover trail running in South Africa as well as exotic destinations worldwide through TRAIL magazine, published four times annually. 100 pages per issue. Discover the how, why and where. Become a better trail runner as TRAIL looks at this rapidly growing global phenomenon from every conceivable angle.

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1 min.

BLAZE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE A 100% South African magazine, reaching globally. cover Annalise Scholtz at Lover’s Rock on the Chokka Trail, Cape St Francis. photo Rieghard & Eidie van Rensburg CONTACT TRAIL MAGAZINE Publisher Deon Braun | deon@trailmag.co.za Editorial Heloise | editorial@trailmag.co.za 087 152 0103 Advertising Deon | ads@trailmag.co.za 082 377 4669 Event listings Race info to calendar@trailmag.co.za Address 64 Feilden Drive, Glenmore, Durban, 4001 PRINT & DISTRIBUTION (RETAIL / NEWSSTAND) Printer Novus Print, Dbn | gillian.scott@novusprint.co.za Retail Manager Caitlin Rogers | caitlinr@RNAD.co.za PHOTOGRAPHERS / ILLUSTRATORS Rieghard & Eidie van Rensburg (cover), Debbie Agenbag, Liz Brash, Xavier Briel, Grant Bryant, Danel Campbell, Thania Dout, Jannas du Plessis, Merv Gavin, Nicolette Griffioen, Jacques Grobler, Grant Harper, Ingrid Hauger, Peter Kirk, Greg Labuscagne, Zissy Lewin, Llewellyn Lloyd, Barry Maitland-Stuart, Jacques Marais, Glenn Murray, Ben Myburgh, Sakkie Nel, Kirsten Oliver, Mike Owen, Jared Paisley, David Papenfus,…

3 min.
trail team

You’re the best! I say this to Heloise every issue, but this really is our best issue of TRAIL yet! We never know what the recipe of photos, ads, personalities, cultures, regions, viewpoints, and ideas will end up producing. But into the pot they go. We stir the gloop a bit, add a few spices of our own, and voila! a new creation is born. Always beautiful, always inspirational. If you have kids, you’ll know that no matter your efforts, they’re going to have a personality of their own. And you love them regardless, because you know, there’s no point trying to stop them! That’s TRAIL magazine to a T. Still, there are people who believe that print is dead or dying. Some even say it’s no longer financially viable. That’s not our experience. Last I…

2 min.
my life my photos

pics@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag #trailmagpix on Instagram TODAY WE JUMP, TOMORROW WE FLY Fifth-year medical student Luthando Siboya takes flight in Steiltes Nature Reserve, Mbombela (Nelspruit). He and William, a second-year engineering student, were exploring the area after representing Stellenbosch at the University Sport South Africa Cross- Country Championships in September. “The trail was filled with obstacles, dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain. After the effort to the top, we were rewarded with a spectacular view.” William Dommisse, Paarl T.B.O.M. TREK Saaid Fakier on Oppelskop Ridge, with two other Take Back Our Mountains runners off-camera. “It was warm above the clouds, with breathtaking views.” Taahir Osman, Cape Town RUNNING WILD Tarrin van Niekerk in her element at 3,300m above sea level, en route to Champagne Castle Peak on a cloudy Saturday in October. “The Drakensberg fills me with awe, simultaneously scaring the hell out of me. It’s…

5 min.
my words my viewpoint

letters@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag SASHA IS THE BEST You will have to go a long way to find a better trail dog than my Sasha. We got her as a rescue from the Pietermaritzburg rescue organisation, PARR, when she was about eight months old. She had been found starving and roaming the streets. I have run with dogs for more than 30 years, and so I soon set off on a trot with Sasha and our other dog, a Boerboel-cross. As always, once we hit open veld, I let the dogs off the lead. Bad mistake – Sasha had obviously become so used to fending for herself, that she didn’t feel the need to be close to her human. My wife and I proceeded to lose her four times in separate incidents over two weeks. Fortunately, after…

13 min.
the battle of bloukrans

9&10 and 11&12 October 2019 The Otter African Trail Run is known as the Grail of Trail. It gives up to 500 runners, split over two events, the privilege to experience the renowned 42km Otter Trail in a day. The 2019 edition ran in the classic direction, from Storms River (east) to Nature’s Valley (west). The Challenge event was preceded by heavy and persistent rain, resulting in muddy trails and a deep, pumping Bloukrans crossing. The excitement of the Run came from the strong South African field, after international domination in 2018. Domestic records fell, the prologue curse was lifted, and school fees were paid for dearly. Buckle up for hard lessons from Bianca Tarboton, Bloukrans survival with Heloise Hunter, and another year of running in a onesie for the greater good with Cordi…

9 min.

An African proverb teaches us: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Such sage advice for life, but also for runners in the 100 miler and 50 miler events at Karkloof100. But this group of 50 mile runners seems to be doing both – quickly and together – and they’re only at the start of their 80km test! They must be excused for opening the throttle: it was a beautiful Saturday morning to be alive and light on your feet in the lovely Karkloof. But not for long! The morning aged, the sun tilted high in the sky… and their world started heating up. A lot. Conditions on Saturday topped out at 37 degrees, with a cruel dry wind for good measure. This…