Trail Running

Trail Running: Tips & Resources

A collection of useful and interesting resources for experienced and new trail runners alike.

What is trail running?

Trail running is simply defined as going for a run at the heart of nature. It’s an extremely all-round non-stadia sport that, of course, works the legs, but also the upper body. Lastly, it requires concentration and attention. (Salomon)

You don’t need to be high in the mountains to go trail running. You simply need to be in nature.

Trail running is mostly a recreational form of off-road running, but there are many competitive events in Queensland. Trail running is conducted on wide and single trails that may be flat or quite steep. Trail running events may vary in distance from 5km to over 160km (ultra) runs and there is usually no navigation required apart from following course markers. Because of the distances, it is mainly suitable for adult participation.

There are numerous local trail running groups around Queensland which are often affiliated with QRun, the recreational division of Queensland Athletics. (TRAQ)

 

In Queensland, trail runners are represented by TRAQ* (the Trail Runners Association of Queensland), a non for profit organisation that was formed in 2006. Conceived through the desire of trail runners wanting more trail events than what was being offered. It organises the annual Queensland Trail Running Championships, which brings Queensland trail runners and event organisers from Nerang to Weipa together in one large competition (88 events in 2019).

TRAQ focuses on the quality of the trail event, allowing all skill levels to enjoy the challenge and experience of off-road running, from 10km through to marathon distance and has incorporated specific events to allow entry runners and children to get the taste of this popular outdoor activity.

The steeper more technical form of trail running is often referred to as mountain running (10% on average or more). TRAQ has organised State and Australian Mountain Running Championships. The Australian Team competes at the annual World Mountain Running Championships (IAAF event).

There is no national trail running body, but the national body from mountain running is the Australian Mountain Running Association (AMRA). The international bodies for trail running are the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA (not for profit).

 

       

*TRAQ is an Outdoors Queensland Green Circle Member 

Useful Resources

What is Trail Running?

What is Trail Running?

Have you decided to take up trail running, but this sport seems difficult, technical or even dangerous? Do you think that you can only do it high in the mountains over long distances? What actually is trail running?

Trail running is simply defined as going for a run at the heart of nature. It’s an extremely all-round non-stadia sport that, of course, works the legs, but also the upper body. Lastly, it requires concentration and attention.

You don’t need to be high in the mountains to go trail running. You simply need to be in nature.

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Salomon

20 trail running tips for beginners

20 trail running tips for beginners

Majell Backhausen  is an Endurance Coach and Elite Athlete for Salomon, Suunto and Compressport, and an advocate for simplicity, patience and longevity in the sport of trail running and outdoor pursuits. Here are some of his top trail running tips for beginners.  Read More

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Kathmandu

 

19 Quick and Dirty Trail Running Tips for Beginners

19 Quick and Dirty Trail Running Tips for Beginners

New to running trails?

Here’s what you need to know before heading off the beaten path.

Although trail running is similar to running on the roads, there are some differences to make note of before you hit the trailhead. To help you get started, we pulled together a list of our best trail running tips that will guide you. While they may seem like a lot, they’re not hard to do!

Most importantly, have fun on the trails, and be careful. But fair warning: They say that once you go to the dirt, you never go back!

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Runners World

 

6 Things Every Beginner Should Know Before Trail Running

6 Things Every Beginner Should Know Before Trail Running

From the moment my worn-down Asics hit the dirt trails in DC’s Rock Creek Park, I knew my running would be forever changed.

Like most people, I started out running on the roads. I trained for a road marathon, and established neighborhood loops from my house. It was good. I was happy.

But that day more than six years ago — on that trail — I realized how much more the simple shift from running on trail, not pavement, could provide … Read More

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Rock Creek Runner

 

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running

You always remember your first. For me, it burst every preconceived notion I had of what was, back then, a fringe pursuit. It was harder, the terrain tougher. I should have trained more. It took longer than it should have and it hurt way more.

But then my first trail event was also much more fun, way more fulfilling and ultimately more addictive than I could ever have imagined it to be … Read More

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We are Explorers

 

6 ways to help your trail running technique

6 ways to help your trail running technique

When it comes to your running technique, you want to be one step ahead of the game. Whether you’re new to trail running or need a refresher, these six running techniques can help you understand and better your trail running style. Read More

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Majell Backhausen  is an Endurance Coach and Elite Athlete for Salomon, Suunto and Compressport, and an advocate for simplicity, patience and longevity in the sport of trail running and outdoor pursuits. Here are some of his top trail running tips for beginners.
Kathmandu

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