Trail Runner's Guide
Southern Africa has an incredible diversity of natural landscapes, providing an abundance of beautiful terrain to explore and enjoy on foot. Trail runner and adventure photographer Jacques Marais has compiled the best trail running routes in and around South Africa in Trail Runner’s Guide.
With a foreword by SA’s very own top international trail runner Ryan Sandes, Trail Runner’s Guide promises to be everything the novice and professional trail runner could want in a guide book. Routes, facts and advice are all included in this comprehensive guide, complete with stunning colour photographs to lure you nearer.
Not only are the 100 trails and events equipped with trail summary and in-depth route information, there is also information on footwear, training gear and insider tips from top trail running experts. The guide book impresses further by suggesting a more holistic approach to trail running. As part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, there is information on nutrition, hydration, yoga, posture therapy and body balancing for runners.
The most impressive aspect of Trail Runner’s Guide has to be its gradient profile and contoured route map for each trail. It’s best not to look at the gradient profile for the notorious Otter African Trail Run first though; it is so hilly that the profile looks more like a heart monitor graph in a hospital than a morning of fun.
In the working world, author Jacques Marais is an environmentalist and trail run organiser, so it comes as no surprise that trail running is his religion. “It is my head space, my therapy, my escape into a parallel world fuelled by fresh air and endless horizons…” His passion has led him to become a recognised adventure photographer and columnist.
Tempted to hit the trails? There’s not much to it. Buy the guide book, choose your next weekend adventure and get that body onto a scenic trail for some soul time in the fresh air.
“You do not need a reason to run… Trail running remains one of the most uncomplicated sports you can practise in the great outdoors.” - Trail Runner’s Guide
Trail Runner's Guide (R250)
By Jacques Marais
Published by MapStudio