Trail running combines all the health and fitness benefits of walking and road running with the outdoor adventure of such sports as hiking and mountain biking—not to mention the spiritual renewal from a day spent communing with nature. No wonder it has become one of the world’s most popular fitness activities. The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running provides all the essential information needed, including finding trails and getting started; managing ascents and descents with ease; maneuvering off-road obstacles; strength, stretching, and cross-training exercises; selecting proper shoes, clothing, and accessories; safety on the trail; and racing and other trail events.
This full revision includes all new photos, updated information on equipment, caring for the trail, racing and organizing. as well as new information on sustainability, "Leave No Trace" practices, diversity and inclusion in the outdoor running world.
Adam Chase, sometimes known as the “Shoemelier” or “Imelda of Trail Running,” has tested more than 1,000 pairs of running shoes, mostly in Boulder, Colorado, where he was raised and, when not running, practices law. He is the President of the American Trail Running Association, Colorado Running Hall of Fame inductee, and father of two sons. Adam has run more than 150 marathons and ultras (winning more than 20) and also competed internationally as a sponsored athlete in adventure and multisport races.
He is the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running and four trail running guides (with Nancy Hobbs) and has served as a writer and/or editor for Running Times, Triathlete, Competitor, Men’s Journal, Trail Runner, UltraRunning , Elevation Outdoors, and many other sports publications.
Nancy Hobbs is the founder and executive director of the American Trail Running Association. She has been running trails and directing running events since the mid-1980s, and her articles and photographs have been published in such magazines as Trail Runner and Runner’s World. She’s worked in administration with the Olympic Committee and the Triple Crown of Running. She was a key player in getting the United States involved in the World Mountain Running scene, chairs the USA Track and Field Mountain Ultra Trail Council and sits on the World Mountain Running Association Council.