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TRAIL Mail #25: Friday 03 July 2020

Issue 36 is here, have you got it?
Running away from 99 problems...

New competition! WIN Polar Grit X.

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

  1. From the Editors. A new chapter. Issue 36 live today.
  2. Photo of the week. Ghostly Crossways run under clouds.
  3. News. Suunto competition winner announced!
  4. Funny. Running away from your problems...
  5. Trail Poll. Did you enter when you had the chance?
  6. Calendar. New contact-less events and races to look forward to.
  7. Gear. Stay warm with the high quality, lightweight Brooks LSD Pullover.
  8. Competition. Win the all-new Polar Grit X smartwatch worth R9,000!
  9. TRAIL digital. Read issue 36, out today.

DEON: We've changed (a bit), just like everything else.

Happy Friday!

In the words of Lenin, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”

It’s safe to say that we are experiencing the latter right now.

On a much smaller scale, we've also changed, and TRAIL has evolved from a 100-page print magazine into a 188-page digital magazine. We think it's a leap forward. It is obviously different to print, but I believe you'll love reading the new TRAIL.

Along the way, we ran a survey in June to fine-tune the fonts and text sizes for the makeover. Nearly 90 of you offered your suggestions and feedback. Thank you! It helped, and you’ll see that when you read the mag, which is live today. (Zinio readers may not have had theirs delivered yet. We expect that to happen during the course of the day.)

But let’s not stop there. Please help us further improve your reading experience for the next issue by doing our reader survey, which starts in mid-July.

To sweeten the request, our friends at First Ascent have a fantastic reward for two readers. You'll need to get TRAIL 36, read it, and let us know what you liked and didn't like through our reader survey. It opens on 15 July, to give you time to read your mag. The link is only in the magazine, so look out for it.

We appreciate your candid feedback.

Until next time, stay vigilant, be safe, keep fit, and accept change for the good it will bring us!

Deon Braun, TRAIL publisher

HELOISE: Euphoria after the finish line.

TRAIL 36 is DONE! And like every issue, paging through the final product is satisfying - making the working weekends and public holidays, late evenings, and extra grey hair worth it. 

As always, I feel a swell of gratitude towards our contributors, photographers, and Deon of course, for making it happen. And I feel hopeful that you, reading this, will also read TRAIL 36. The fully revised digital format is an experience you can't miss!

Here's to the next one...

Heloise Hunter, TRAIL associate editor

We loved seeing your photos on Monday's Trail Trophy Facebook thread.

In our favourite this week, Pierre Prins took this ghostly image of Estee Cockcroft and Nadia Jooste at Crossways Farm Village on Sunday.

“Most people I’m sure slept in. I can’t exactly say I blame them, the weather was horrible. We, however, weren’t too bothered about the weather and headed to the mountains for a long run. Why? Because we can.”

His photo may appear in a future TRAIL issue – and so could yours.

Share your lockdown trail running #TrailTrophies on Facebook and Twitter at any time. Use that hashtag and #trailmagpix on Instagram and Twitter when you tag us. Or email us. Be sure to tell us a bit about your run for the caption. (Please note: event photographer images aren't printed.)

Prefer words? Write a letter instead. Your opinions, life-changing experiences, happy and sad memories, and reflections on our sport are waiting to be shared with the community. If your letter is published, you'll receive a pair of run-specific Feetures socks.

Suunto 7 wrap

We are delighted to announce the winner of our Suunto 7 reader competition!

The lucky Luke Kirsten of Johannesburg will be sent a Suunto 7 sports watch to track his activities, navigate, control his music, and so much more!

In response to the mail letting him know, he said “WOW WOW WOW!!!!” Yes, that's four exclamation points to express his joy.

Sometimes the escape is the solution.... 

Find the original post on Facebook.

You may be shocked at the number of followers who hadn't entered our Suunto 7 reader competition yet! Click through to find out if you're in the majority...

Tell us in the poll on Facebook!

Look out for trail events later in the year when you scroll to the bottom of our web calendar. A highlight is the Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon (23-24 September) in Rhodes, EC. There are 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, and 88km routes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Only two people have ever finished the 44km. The new 88km has 7,510m vert!

If you organise an event please tell us if and when it is happening! We want to list you in our coming issue.

Since there will be few events to report on in our next issue 37 (on sale in the last week of September), we will be dedicating some of that space to your FKTs and adventures. Please email Heloise details of your independent solo adventures. You can send images once she's confirmed she's keen to feature your story. You may be in our next issue.

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Adjustable cinch cord at hem, and front kangaroo pocket for easy storage.

Stretch cuffs keep out rain. UPF 50+ rated. The LSD is Brooks’ lightest jacket.


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NEW COMPETITION OPENS TODAY! 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 at 9am today, visit our 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! Points are earned for each platform or entry method you successfully complete.

We're doing this competition a little differently, to reward the real fans of Polar (and the magazine!). At 9am every Tuesday, there will be a new entry option on the competition page. It will yield three points for that week. After that, it will drop to one point. So you gather more points by entering in the initial week for each option.

When you refresh the competition page, the app will show you how many entries you have accumulated, and which entries were successful.

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

Our 36th issue is live on all platforms from today. This is our first all-digital issue, and we hope you love its 188 pages of trail running inspiration. We did a complete redesign to improve readability on both small and large screens, and ramped up the depth of articles. You can purchase TRAIL 36 worldwide through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter.

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


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