Trail running has become a thing. And I completely understand why — with tougher terrain and rewarding views, I always prefer running on trails in the city (but especially in the mountains) to pounding the pavement. For this article, I spoke with the organizers of different trail race series to learn why they think the sport of trail running has become a trend. If you’re convinced to try it, there are a few race options thrown in, too.

This article appeared in Avenue‘s April 2017 magazine. For the online version of this story, visit

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