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What Trail Running Looks Like (Video)

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Sometimes, trail running means cruising through the forest on cushy dirt paths or bombing down a rocky trail on the edge of the Grand Canyon. And sometimes, it means parched lips, briar-bloodied legs, falling into a stream or sitting listlessly in an aid-station chair.

Through footage from several films, this new trailer for Rainshadow Running’s Trail Running Film Fest captures the range of experiences, emotions and landscapes runners encounter on the trail.

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Now in its second year, the Trail Running Film Fest is touring the East Coast this month, and the Northwest in April, with plans for a tour of 50 North American cities in fall and winter. The three-hour screenings include “The Long Haul,” following ultrarunners Hal Koerner and Mike Wolfe as they attempt an FKT on the John Muir trail; “100 Miles High,” documenting elite runner Darcy Piceu Africa’s 2013 quest to win her second Hardrock Hundred; and various other films that explore trail running’s diverse community.

“With rare exception, all of our shows are at super-cool theaters with comfortable seats, and serve beer,” says James Varner, the Film Fest’s organizer. “We try to make the show a great way for folks to come out and meet other runners in their area, and to hang out with their friends, all while watching the most fun and inspiring trail running movies available.”