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Ultimate Guide to Trail Running: Everything You Need To Know About Equipment * Finding Trails * Nutrition * Hill Strategy * Racing * Avoiding Injury * Training * Weather * Safety Paperback – February 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; Second Edition edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762755377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762755370
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Trail running combines all the health and fitness benefits of walking and road running with the outdoor adventure of such sports as hiking and mountain biking—not to mention the spiritual renewal from a day spent communing with nature. No wonder it has become one of the world’s most popular fitness activities. The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running provides all the essential information needed, including finding trails and getting started; managing ascents and descents with ease; maneuvering off-road obstacles; strength, stretching, and cross-training exercises; selecting proper shoes, clothing, and accessories; safety on the trail; and racing and other trail events.

About the Author

Adam W. Chase, an accomplished ultrarunner, snowshoe racer, and adventure athlete, is president of the All American Trail Running Association.

Nancy Hobbs has been running trails and directing running events since the mid-1980s, and her articles and photographs have been published in such magazines as Trail Runner and Runner’s World. She is the founder and executive director of the All American Trail Running Association.


More About the Author

Adam W. Chase hails from Boulder, CO, where he lived from infancy until he was 16, when his family moved to Vermont. Although he played collegiate soccer, rugby, and was on the wrestling team at Haverford College, Adam ran for the cross country team his senior year and got into marathons. During law school at the University of Colorado, where Adam was an editor for the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy, he ran many marathons and competed in triathlons, including a couple Ironmans.

After law school, Adam got into ultramarathons and even kept up his interest while he pursued his LLM in Taxation at the NYU School of Law. Adam is now of counsel at the law firm Hutchinson, Black and Cook in Boulder, where he specializes in tax law. He also serves as President of the All American Trail Running Association and co-authored the Ultimate Guide to Trail Running. He is captain, manager and "Brand Ambassador" for Team Salomon and Team Atlas and also serves as the Brand Ambassador for Running Times magazine. Adam competes and, more so of late, "participates" in ultramarathons, adventure, snowshoe and multisport races throughout the United States and many other countries. He is the father to Noah and David and has absurdly large running shoe collection.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve J. Wood on November 29, 2010
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I'm an avid runner and do most of my training/racing on roads. Thought I'd pick this up to get some info on converting to trails or at least running more on trails. I will still do so, but not because of having read this book. The only information of value for me was the section on animals and what to do when you see them. Ie. Grizzly vs Black bear, etc. Other than that, the authors make it a point to put down road-runners at every chance they can get. From footwear and clothing choices, to attitudes and mindsets-these authors clearly feel that they are better than your average road runner. Most of the trail runners I know are easy-going, laid-back, and very likely to help anyone out--definitely not the snarky Chase and his co-author. However, having said all that, if you are a beginning runner and can ignore the unnecessary side-bars, you could gain some general running knowledge from this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KadiyaRp on December 7, 2010
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While the book does have a lot of good information, I found it all to be overwhelming, almost like they were writing the book for people who already ran trails. It made me want to give up because I felt like I could never be as good as these other people the book was referring to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie on August 22, 2011
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I thought this was a helpful introduction to trail running. I recently became interested in running trails after completing my first marathon, and deciding later to delve into ultramarathons and trails. I only gave it four stars because I found some of the information to be repetitive of so many running books on the market. However, if you do not have many running books and are interested in what it takes, and what you need, to get started on trails, this is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Forrest on January 2, 2011
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Good book for beginners who don't know much about trail running. It covers all of the bases from techniques, clothing, dealing with weather changes, hydration,and encounters with wild animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cyril A. Butler III on February 13, 2013
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As a trail runner this book confirmed so many different aspects of running trails that I have been doing for years. Bravo! Good work
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