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TRAIL Mail #5: Friday 5 Feb 2021

Take the next step.
Are you fitter than last year?
Enter the Trail Film Awards.
Khuliso runs for clean water.

     In this issue

  1. From the Team. Take the next step to a great run.
  2. Photo of the week. Jolene sparkles under blue sky.
  3. News.  Level 3 lockdown eases. Khuliso runs for water.
  4. Funny. Eat your accelery.
  5. Trail Poll. Fitter than a year ago?

  6. Calendar. Plan your month ahead.
  7. What's New. 30 South Eyewear's Trail RX 10% saving.
  8. Competition. Win Saucony with 2021 Trail Film Awards.
  9. TRAIL digital. Reading issue 38 is easier than ever.

Every step is another chance.

I didn't really do sports in school, just the compulsory swimming and athletics try-outs. The pressure of a make-or-break swing of a racquet, or a kick to the goals, didn't appeal to an anxiety-ridden teen.

But when I run, every step is another chance to make it a good one. We can stretch the metaphor, and say that each issue of TRAIL, or each page, is another chance to reach a reader. The pressure of a book is far too high, but the TRAIL team have produced several books' worth of superb content. 

Our latest step into your minds and hearts (and legs and feet) is issue 38. We continue writing the history book of events like SkyRun and Otter African Trail Run, advance your understanding of strength and heat training, and introduce you to real characters and their epic adventures. Take the next step towards a great run, when you read TRAIL. 

Some of you are creating beautiful, funny, or informative films. Entries for the 2020/21 Trail Film Awards close on 30 June, and we can't wait to see what you make. You might walk (well, run) away with one of two Saucony Haul Lite backpacks.


Take the next step, and the next step, and the next, then stop to take a photo to share in our Trail Trophies thread on Monday.

Heloise Hunter, TRAIL editor


WildSeries Three Cranes Challenge. Fri 26 – Sun 28 February (KZN) POSTPONED to 8-11 July. 29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am.

Lake Gariep Run. Sat 1 May (EC)
40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650.

We enjoyed seeing your summer adventures on our Trail Trophy Facebook thread.

In our favourite for the week, Jolene Visser radiates joy at the IMLA Farm Trail Weekend, in Clocolan, Freestate.

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

Prefer telling stories? Write us a letter and receive a pair of Feetures socks

Some trail running events will commence.

Well done for weathering Level 3 lockdown! Now that Adjusted Level 3 is here, please be safe so we can delay the third surge.

The South African Association of Mountain Endurance Sport (SAAMES) interprets the updated restrictions to allow members to host trail events with fewer than 100 participants. A hundred seems to be the golden number for outdoor gatherings and recreation.

Some event organisers are waiting for Level 2 for explicit authorisation to resume their race calendar.

Khuliso runs for clean water.

TRAIL venue contributor and ultra runner Khuliso Mulaudzi plans to run the Big Backyard Ultra (BBU) on 20 February, to raise R50k for Kusini Water's H2HOPE initiative. 

The initiative focuses on providing previously disadvantaged communities with clean, fresh water. Kusini has already installed over 50 sites in South Africa, and through its H2Hope campaign aims to be in 100 sites by 2021.

This is the first year where South Africans will participate in the worldwide Big Backyard Ultra. The format challenges runners to complete a 6,706m loop every hour on the hour, until they can't anymore. Khuliso's goal is to run 15 laps, accumulating over 100km. 

In 2019, he successfully raised R60k for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, by running the 76km Addo Elephant Trail Run

Help Khuliso reach his latest fundraising goal, and get clean water to communities in need, via Givengain.

What's your turbo-fuel?

Read punny responses on the Facebook thread or share the Twitter post.

Maybe lockdown gave you time to train, maybe the lack of races robbed you of motivation. Let us know in this week's Trail Poll!

Have your say on Facebook or vote on Twitter.

Make the most of coming events.

The rest of February and first weekend of March is now listed on our web calendar. Find events to the end of April 2021 in TRAIL issue 38.

If you organise a trail event, send us the details. If your event was postponed and you have set a new date, please send that info to us. Listing in our month-ahead web calendar and the magazine's long-term calendar is FREE.


30 South Trail RX > R850

The Trail RX is an excellent deal because you get three interchangeable lenses which you'll love using. Having a non-polarised mirrored lens, a grey CAT 3 polarised lens, and a clear UV400 lens gives you a lot of flexibility for different trail running conditions.

If you'd like a Transition lens for on-the-fly adaptation to weird weather days, there's also an optional photochromatic lens at just R300 extra.

This glass uses 30 South's ADvX frame, made from a Swiss-engineered, ultra flexible TR90 material. The frames are lightweight, non-slip, non-abrasive, and hypoallergenic. The cutting edge HDo lenses use NASA-developed REVO coatings to ensure high contrast viewing and enhanced clarity.

The wrap-around feature ensures unhindered peripheral vision. They are ballistic-grade shatterproof, hydrophobic, and highly scratch-resistant.

Reader exclusive: Buy with coupon code trailmag and save 10% off this model's R850 (or any other 30 South model). Offer valid to midnight 28 February 2021.

You could win one of two Saucony Haul Lite backpacks in the 2021 Trail Film Awards! View the submissions so far.

Read TRAIL 38 on any device. We've got you covered with multiple options. Create an account quickly, and pay securely through Stripe on our website. Or see other options, including Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, and Zinio.


You can also buy TRAIL 38 through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter for R59.99.

If you buy through the App Store or Google Play, note that subscriptions are forward-based. This means that if you sign up today, your first issue will be the next edition (39), not the current one (38). It's not what we'd like, but that is how their system works.

Solution: Please purchase issue 38 first as a standalone issue, and subscribe to get issues 39 and later separately.

Miss previous issues of TRAIL? You can read all 37 back issues for just R39.99 each on the Zinio platform. More recent back issues are available on our website for R29.99, and the TRAIL apps for Android and Apple for R39.99.

Reader Michelle Walton says “I always looked forward to purchasing TRAIL, but was sceptical about enjoying the digital version. Finally took the plunge (with issue 37) and have enjoyed reading TRAIL in its digital form. Loads of great content and advice! Well done for a great transition to digital.”

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