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Video: A Running Trip Across the U.S.

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A French trail runner documents his journey to 26 of the West’s most beautiful parks

Journey, a new video by French trail runner and amateur filmmaker Guillaume Arthus, 23, explores the grandeur of the American West and celebrates the adventure of the trail-running life.

Arthus traveled to 26 National Parks in 47 days this summer, running approximately 500 trail miles in the process. Wanting to “share his passion for exploring the best running trails in the U.S.,” he says, he edited footage from his trip into a montage of stunning panoramas, joyful action shots and reflections on trail running.

Over the course of the summer, Arthus visited some of the most iconic landscapes in the U.S., including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park and the Grand Canyon, running through old-growth redwoods, sculpted sandstone deserts and alpine meadows.

But his most memorable stop, he says was South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. He describes Badlands as “an eroded landscape where lush meadows contrast with the dark cliffs and sky … an explosion of black, green and yellow under a threatening sky.” Plus, he says, “It was loaded with the emotion of being the last park before returning home.”