Global Trail Running Day

Celebrate the world off-road on Global Trail Running Day

Runners around the world encouraged to leave the tarmac behind this Saturday

Runners around the world will be taking to their favourite parks, paths and hills this Saturday, 19 September in support of the first ever Global Trail Running Day (GTRD).

The aim of the GTRD is simple: to make more people aware of the benefits running off-road can bring to mind, body and soul – and to get more of us trail runnng. 

Global Trail Running Day was founded by passionate trail runner Theo Larn-Jones, one of the organisers of the world’s first running and music event, the Love Trails Festival on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. GRTD is also supported by an array of regional ambassadors, including Jessica Robson, founder of the Run Talk Run movement, and Adharanand Finn, ultrarunner and author of Running with the Kenyans.

To join in the GTRD celebrations, runners are invited to register on the Global Trail Running Day website, and then run any distance they like off-road– ‘from 1m to 999km’ – this Saturday, and tagging them @globaltrailrunningday on their social pages.

Registering to take part in the day is completely free, but runners are also given the option at registration to order an eco-friendly wooden finisher’s medal, customised to the participant’s registered distance. 

Runners can also order a free copy of the GTRD ebook, focusing on the 10 lesser known benefits of trail running.  

A number of UK clubs will be marking the day by organising special outings – held within current COVID guidelines – to trails both new and old. One Scottish club in Aberdeenshire will be heading to neighbouring Morayshire to explore a nine-mile trail starting from the coast.

Others will be holding shorter sessions on local trails to help introduce the wonders of the off-road world to members more used to the tarmac.

Inclusivity is one of the main driving forces behind GTRD. Pace, distance and elevation are not important this Saturday: encouraging runners to try trail running for the first time, to take on different terrain or just to enjoy the great outdoors is what matters.

Image courtesy: Global Trail Running Day

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