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TRAIL Mail #30: Friday 13 December 2019

Friday 13th happy holidays email.
Issue 34 on sale from Monday.
And our cover athlete is...

Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

In this issue:

  1. Ed's Hello. New issue cover reveal in our final newsletter of 2019.
  2. Trail Film Awards. Submit your entry by Sunday.
  3. Best of 2019. Celebrate your year with us.
  4. Gear. Do you wear Brooks?
  5. Calendar. There are still 19 trail events this month.
  6. Back Issues. Get TRAIL 32 for your next event.
  7. Advertisers. These are the great brands that brought you TRAIL 33.
Happy holidays

Happy holidays! Marcy Loubser photo by Mike Ohlsson.

1. TEAM TRAIL'S ODE TO 2019

Looking back with gratitude.

Are you also feeling like you've done enough for the year? Do you feel it's like the final metres of a long and challenging trail run that you've enjoyed, but now it's time to put your feet up? 

That's definitely how we feel here in the TRAIL studio. This has been a year of some big achievements by all of us. There were some big challenges. They weren't easy, but we achieved them, and I'm so grateful for the opportunities. I hope you're as grateful for your own achievements.

New issue. We got advance copies of the new Jan/Feb/Mar 2020 issue 34 this week. Wow! Although Heloise and I have been tinkering with each word and image in the innards of the machine for weeks, now looking at it zoomed out, I have to say I am so impressed by the depth of content.

I say this every issue, but this really is our best yet.

I think what makes issue 34 so special is the mix of viewpoints, cultures, and sometimes crazy angles on the trail running experience that we manage to find and unpack. You're going to love this issue.

We also printed on a coated paper which makes the images much crisper, and we've paid special attention to detail in the shadows of photos.

Look out for #TRAIL34 in stores from Monday (it's a public holiday, but many stores will have been stocked). If in any doubt, call ahead, or drop by on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mystery Athlete (no more). Port Elizabeth's Annalise Scholtz is our cover athlete for issue 34. We were impressed by her life as much as her achievements at winning five ultra trails, including two 100 milers, this year. Her story is one of the most captivating I've encountered yet in local trail running. It's one of losing one's way, finding it, and then facing the biggest challenge of your life, as someone you love fights for their life... You'll be inspired by this story.

Current issue. Before you get issue 34, have you read issue 33 yet? It will be uplifed from stores from Monday, so get yours this weekend if you haven't yet.

2020. Chat again in January! Next year we'll be putting a lot of effort into making this newsletter a monster (in a good way).

Poll. On Facebook right now we ask: Do you plan to rest or run during the festive season? Join the conversation.

So... Until next year, happy holidays and happy trails!

Deon Braun, TRAIL founder (2011)

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2. LAST DAYS TO ENTER 2019 TRAIL FILM AWARDS

A) Entries close Sunday. Latest: Watch Jeff Ayliffe's Otter 2019 submission in the lineup of 10 films entered so far into this year's Trail Film Awards. Thank you to Warren and Amy at First Ascent, Shaun at GoPro, and Mia at Saucony for your truly fantastic prizes!

B) Inspired? Shot your own trail footage already? Brilliant idea: Edit it, upload it to Youtube or Vimeo, and email us the URL. You may go into the lineup, and who knows, maybe even win one of the prizes. More info.

Win First Ascent, GoPro, Saucony
 
Bestestl Awards 2019

3. THE BESTEST AWARDS 2019

THE BEST OF THE BEST, THE WORST OF THE WORST. We recognise the over-achievers of 2019. See pages 38 and 39 of the new issue, on sale from Monday.

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. If you aren't featured in these awards, there's a decent chance we'll feature you in our coming issues.

Thank you to Barry Maitland-Stuart for creating the striking medal illustrations.

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4. DO YOU WEAR BROOKS?

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Trail calendar in magazine

5. CALENDAR

December. Our calendar page has 15 events remaining, including a perennial favourite in Plettenberg Bay, the trail runs at Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. The first week of January is also available there.
 

  • Sun 29 December WC / Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. 6km, 12km, 21km. Kurland Estate. Beautiful, varied, challenging course with new long distance. Wet feet and a smile guaranteed. Entries opening soon! sabrinalove.co.za

Use the comprehensive calendar in our print mag to highlight your goal runs.

Follow TRAIL's social media accounts for regular updates on trail running, and mag news. Facebook Instagram Twitter

6. GET ISSUE 32 FOR YOUR EVENT

Give your trail running event entrants a gift that keeps on giving with a copy of TRAIL in their race pack. Or just have loose copies available to those who don't have yet.

See what's in TRAIL issue 32. Then email Deon for details on getting copies for your event.

Mac Mac Ultra 2020

7. HANDING OVER THE BATON

A massive thank you to the advertisers who partnered with us for the past three months in TRAIL issue 32:

Alpine Swift Resort
Biogen
Brooks
Brooks / Feetures
Capestorm
Decathlon
Enduren
Falke
Feetures
First Ascent
Giant's Cup Trail
GONE. Outdoor / Patagonia
Greenpop
Hi-Tec
Julbo
KURO-Bō
KZN Trail Running
Mac Mac Ultra
Phonix Capture
Rugani
Run The Rivers
Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge
Salomon
Saucony
Spectrum Group / Andy Wesson
Squirrel’s Nut Butter
Stagger Trail
Suunto
Triple Orange
Ultra-Trail Drakensberg
Well Now Co

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