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 What Makes Trail Running So Fascinating?
Running | 19.06.2017

Trail Running series, part 1: Running on the trails is becoming more and more popular

The Fascination of Trail Running: Are Mountain Runners the More Complete Runners?

What Makes Trail Running So Fascinating?. Denis Wischniewski is the editor of Trail Magazine and a passionate trail runner. (Quelle: Trail Magazin)
Denis Wischniewski is the editor of Trail Magazine and a passionate trail runner.
Bild: Trail Magazin
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Trail running is booming. More and more runners are shifting their courses from the asphalt of the city into the great outdoors. Trails and mountains are hot in the running scene. What makes trail running so fascinating, and if mountain runners may even be the more complete runners: the great debate on ISPO.com – with influencers and experts from Trampfellaufpfad, Trailblog, and Trail Magazine, among others. Read part 1 of the Trail Running series on ISPO.com.

“At the end of the day, naturally trail runners are the more complete runners – they have to be able to do more and have more challenges.”  That is the thesis that’s being discussed in the great trail running debate on ISPO.com, along with the fascination of this trending sport.


ISPO.com surveyed five insiders:

Links to the other four parts of the Trail Running series on ISPO.com, with other expert theories, at the end of this text.

“Even street runners can become trail runners”

Denis Wischniewski, trail-magazin.de: “At the end of the day, naturally trail runners are the more complete runners – they have to be able to do more, have more challenges. But I would happily encourage every good street runner that they can quickly become good trail runners, too. It’s not rocket science, and people who run in the countryside will get used to uneven surfaces, inclines, and downhills right away. Our bodies recognize all of this and react to it. Supposedly, you just have to remind them.”

Trail running is booming: More and more runners are being drawn out into the great outdoors. (Quelle: iStock/lfz)
Trail running is booming: More and more runners are being drawn out into the great outdoors.
Bild: iStock/lfz

“Trail runners delve into nature”

Holger Lapp, trampelpfadlauf.de: “Trail runners are certainly not the more complete runners. Many don’t just run trails, but streets as well. But trail running is something for all of the sense. You delve into nature, and because you have to concentrate much on the course, you strike up a deeper relationship with your surroundings. You pause your run to enjoy views, or to observe animals. And in the end it was a good run if you enjoyed it in all respects, not if you achieved a certain pace.”

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“Every runner benefits from training impulses”

Hendrik Auf’mkolk, trailblog.de: “What makes up that fascination? Clearly the allure of nature, and above all the mountains – you won’t discover and experience your surroundings in a more direct, intense way than trail running. Running in the countryside never gets boring for your head, either – it’s different running on the street, road, or treadmill, at least for me. Every runner can benefit from the variety and the training impulses in the countryside.”

Hendrik Auf’mkolk (trailblog.de) is especially fascinated by the allure of nature and the mountains. (Quelle: trailblog.de)
Hendrik Auf’mkolk (trailblog.de) is especially fascinated by the allure of nature and the mountains.
Bild: trailblog.de

“Alternating strain on the muscles”

Lars Schweizer, Laufcampus Akademie: “For me, trail running is the primary allure of nature. You plunge into a forest and discover wonderful new places. The alternating strain on my muscles is also a part of it for me. The subsoil requires constant attention and concentration. On the street or in the city you just trot forward, while with trail running you just always have direct contact with nature, at the latest if you overlook a root.”

“The feeling of pure freedom on the trail”

Andrea Löw, ultra runner and blogger at www.runninghappy.de/ : “I love just being on the move outside, in nature, and enjoying the landscape. There’s this magnificent feeling of pure freedom and independence on the trail, nothing matters anymore, just the view. You just live in the here and now, your mind becomes truly free. Sometimes it’s really strenuous, especially in the mountains. But then sometimes you’ll be standing at the summit, breathless and exhausted, and you’ll look around and remember just why you’re doing it here.”


Read part 1 of the Trail Running series here: The Fascination of Trail Running: Are Mountain Runners the More Complete Runners?

Read part 2 of the Trail Running series here: From Jogging to Trail Running: The Best Expert Tips for Beginners

Read part 3 of the Trail Running series here: Upcoming Trends in Trail Running: The Digital World Conquers the Mountains

Read part 4 of the Trail Running series here: Products, Prices, Know-How: How the Community Ticks, and What They Expect from Equipment

Read part 5 of the Trail Running series here: Requirements for Outfitters and Manufacturers: “Specialty Retail Needs to See Trail Running as Its Own Sport”

Gunnar Jans ist Chefredakteur von ISPO.COM (Quelle: www.goettlicherfotografieren.de)
Article by Gunnar Jans, editor in chief
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