WHAT IS TRAIL RUNNING?
The sport is as old as running since it's practised outdoors and on all sorts of trails.
Trail running isn't only done in the mountains, although tough climbs and steep descents are often part of a trail running route.
HOW TO DEAL WITH UNEVEN TERRAIN?
On uneven terrain, the trail runner alternates between walking and running, often helped by sticks.
On descents, the trail runner pays attention to his/her supports and focuses on the forefoot to cushion any shocks. Keeping the balance involves the whole body, notably the arms.
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR TRAIL RUNNING
Unlike road running, trail running often takes you through unspoilt nature, and you need to be prepared to handle any eventuality.
Standard trail running equipment includes:
- trainers with good soles to absorb uneven terrain
- water bottle to stay hydrated
- rain jacket (the weather can change quickly in the mountains)
- something to eat
- cell phone for emergencies
FROM TRAINING TO COMPETITION
Trail running has seen significant growth over the last ten years. More than 2 million runners regularly compete in races worldwide. Race distances vary from a few kilometres to over 100 kilometres for ultra-trail events, which are often held in the mountains.