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TRAIL Mail #36: Friday 18 September 2020

TRAIL 37 on sale next week.
Heart rate training and racing.
Last two weeks to win Polar Grit X.

     In this issue (click the category to save scrolling):

  1. From the Team. Racing and training with heart rate monitors. Run Rhodes Memorial.
  2. Calendar. Level 1 easing brings gives trail races a new lease on life.
  3. Gear. Brooks LSD Pullover – lightweight, water-resistant, windproof, versatile, stylish.
  4. Competition. Win Polar Grit X, First Ascent gear, and Saucony Peregrine 10.
  5. TRAIL digital. Read issue 36 on multiple devices. Back issues for R29.99.

We're wrapping up the designs for TRAIL 37 so this week's newsletter is a short one. We expect to be back to normal next Friday.

We're wrapping up our event ads, so if you're looking for a boost for your event above the free calendar listing, consider having it included as a display ad. Reply to this email for details. We expect TRAIL 37 (Oct/Nov/Dec issue, #TRAIL37) to be on sale on our website from 25 September.

If you have not bought issue 36 yet, please consider doing so for just R49.99 on our site. Issue 36 has 188 pages of trail running inspiration. It's available on our own website, at the unbeatable price of R49.99 (save R10 versus other platforms).

Kirsty R, a reader in Cape Town, has this to say about issue 36:
“The first thing that I really liked was how accessible TRAIL mag is, especially for someone like myself. I don’t consider myself a runner but I do like to explore and looking through the TRAIL app actually makes me want to run and that’s a big deal!
“What hit me was there are real people, sharing real stories about their trail running and just having fun being outdoors, which is refreshing!
“I have been looking at the mag on my iPhone Max and the font size is easy to read and the font for the flags and headers is also nice.
“I really like how the format reads on the app and I absolutely LOVE the ‘5 Accessible trails to hit tomorrow’ pages.”

Thank you Kirsty!

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Without further ado, here are two excerpts from issue 36.

Happy trails!

Deon Braun, TRAIL publisher

Choosing the right running shoes for you

You’ve been running for a while – or you're a newbie – and it’s time for new shoes.

You’ve done your homework – asked your running partner’s advice, googled, chatted around the braai. Now it’s time to buy the actual shoes. What do you need to consider? This is probably one of the most challenging issues that shoe experts need to address on a regular basis. There are so many driving forces influencing peoples' decisions. Some of them are vitally important to the biomechanics of the individual in specific circumstances, and some have no real effect at all, but to the person buying the shoes they have an influence.

How do we deal with guiding people though the process to end up with the correct pair of shoes? These are my thoughts, information, and guidelines, but remember that there is never a one size fits all approach to running footwear. I encourage you to fit, feel, and try.

Learn stacks – and save cash – with coach Grant's 10+ year shoe experience in TRAIL 36

Explore Rhodes Memorial, WC.

TRAIL 36 features five easily accessible urban trails: Settlers Park (EC), Wolwespruit Bike Park (GP), Westville Eco Trails (KZN), Steiltes Nature Reserve (MP), and Rhodes Memorial (WC).

Here's a snippet from Rhodes Memorial​​​​​​​:
Rhodes is a convenient gateway to many breathtaking trails in Table Mountain National Park. To make the most of your experience, park at Rhodes Memorial and take the small stairway up to the contour.

There, you will have two options: go right at the turnstile and head towards the King Blockhouse or turn left and head towards Newlands. I usually train for distance and go left, then turn back and head right, but there are so many other options...

Read the full article by Zoe Papadakis in TRAIL 36.


Wed 23 – Thu 24 September EC
Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, 88km. Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Only two people have ever finished the 44km. New 88km has 7,510m vert! Start 5am. R30-R2,000.

Wed 28 – Thu 29 October EC
Otter African Trail Run CHALLENGE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off.

Fri 30 & Sat 31 October EC
Otter African Trail Run RACE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent. Cut-off extended to 9 hours!

Sat 31 October EC
Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Storms River. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R200/R240.

Wed 28 Oct – Sun 1 November KZN
The iKhulu Trail Run. 50km, 100km. Gugulesizwe, Maputaland. A unique running experience along the unspoilt coastline of Maputaland. Pristine beaches, rolling sand dunes and breath-taking views in a rarely found remoteness.

If you organise a trail event, please send us the details. If your event was postponed and you have set a new date, please send it to us. Listing in our month ahead web calendar and the magazine's long-term calendar is FREE.

Look out for trail events later in the year when you scroll to the bottom of our web calendar.

LAST TWO WEEKS TO ENTER! The new Polar Grit X is an uncompromising combination of rugged and durable design, top training features, and the ultimate training platform. It retails for R8,995.

To enter, visit the competition page and scroll down to click on the widget below the image of three Polar Grit X units. It might take a few seconds for the widget to load, so don't scroll too fast or you'll miss it.

You're not in the draw until you enter. Why not do that right now?

LATEST COMPETITION. The new Saucony Peregrine 10 Mutant is a limited edition colourway of the American brand's most popular trail shoe. Its recommended retail is R2,400.

To enter, visit the competition page and remember to keep an eye out on social media to gain extra points. If you don't follow our accounts yet, take a look now:


ISSUE 36 SURVEY: Top local brand First Ascent is sponsoring our first reader survey of 2020. Two readers will be rewarded with a combined R6,000 in gear.

But the bigger picture is that the survey will help us improve your reading experience for the next issue.

Bottom line: You'll need to read TRAIL 36 and do our reader survey. The link is only in the magazine, so look out for it on page 5.

TRAIL 36 is our first all-digital issue, now available direct from our website for the lowest price anywhere. There's also no need to download an app, so it's quick and simple. We hope you enjoy its 188 pages of trail running inspiration, with a complete redesign to improve readability on both small and large screens. You'll find that there are more articles and their length has increased too. Expect a step up from that in issue 37 (on sale end September).

You can also buy TRAIL 36 through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter.

*If you buy through the App Store or Google Play, note that subscriptions are forward-based. This means that if you sign up today, your first issue will be the next edition, not the current one. It's not what we'd like, but that is how their system works.

Solution: Please first purchase issue 36 as a standalone issue, and subscribe for issues 37 and later separately.

Miss previous issues of TRAIL? You can read all our back issues for the low price of R29.99 each, on the Zinio website or through the TRAIL app for Android or Apple.

If you want print back copies of issues 1 to 35, please email us for pricing.



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