Our Best Trail Running Stories of 2016

The most-read articles of the year

2016 was a big year for trail running. Ultrarunner Joe Grant summited all of Colorado’s 14ers in 32 days, Karel Sabbe crushed the PCT thru-hike record, and the country’s toughest trail races continued to challenge athletes to run faster and train harder. From Jim Walmsley’s new rim-to-rim-to-rim record at the Grand Canyon to an ode to tough old men who still hit the trails with the best of them, these are the most-read Trail Run Project stories of the year.

5. Alexi Pappas’ Guide to Fueling Your Race

What you eat and drink on race day is just as important as how you train. “Why eat pasta when there’s quinoa? Why potatoes when there’s okra? I’d soon learn. Let it be known, I’ve never incorporated anything involving ‘stew’ or ‘saag’ in my pre-race meal since.”

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4. These Trail Runners Prove Age Is Just a Number

TOMs (tough old men) are just plain inspirational. Their grit, drive, and dedication over the long haul reminding all of us—young, old, male, female—just how worth it it is to show up at the starting line and give every race your all.

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Darryl Beardall at the Dipsea | Photo: Pam Wendell

Darryl Beardall at the Dipsea | Photo: Pam Wendell

3. These 4 Simple Exercises Will Change How You Run

Being a trail runner means finding a natural surface somewhere and simply running. Anyone can do it. But maybe you want to see what your body can do, either in a race or with your own personal, nonracing goals. Exercises you can do at home or in a gym can help prevent injury and make your body stronger, which in turn makes you both faster and more durable.

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Used with permission from Trailhead by Lisa Jhung. See more at velopress.com/trailhead

Used with permission from Trailhead by Lisa Jhung. See more at velopress.com/trailhead

2. The Everything Guide to Running at Altitude

Your race is above the clouds but your home is decidedly below them. What to do? Athletes, coaches, and scientists share their tips and debunk the myths.

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Cresting the climb to Sunnegga with the Matterhorn as a backdrop | Photo: Trail Run Project contributor Tad Davis

Cresting the climb to Sunnegga with the Matterhorn as a backdrop | Photo: Trail Run Project contributor Tad Davis

1. Jim Walmsley Is Transforming Trail Running

With a fast track background and a training base in Flagstaff, the 26-year-old is redefining what we think is possible in the trail and ultra world. Aside from a boatload of talent and a great year of training, Walmsley has a key to racing well: Don’t overthink it.

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Jim Walmsley running the R2R2R | Photo: Alex Kurt

Jim Walmsley running the R2R2R | Photo: Alex Kurt