Best of Inside Dirt 2013
10 of the best stories from our weekly enewsletter
As 2013 winds down, we look back at a year of inspiring stories, thoughtful essays, beautiful photos, profiles of colorful characters in the trail-running community and in-depth explorations of the culture of our sport.
Inside Dirt is published once a week, in addition to our eight annual print issues. Here is a roundup of 10 of our best Inside Dirt stories of the year. Happy reading!
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1. Trail Running in a War Zone: A Black Hawk helicopter pilot’s daring evening jog on the FOB
By Jerry Smith
It’s the end of another stressful day somewhere in Afghanistan, my second combat tour here, and I’m about to abandon my combat gear—boots, body armor and M-4 carbine rifle—for running shoes, shorts and a T-shirt. Even here, on a forgotten Forward Operating Base (FOB) in southern Afghanistan, you’ve got to get out and hit the trails, right?