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Running is universal. It’s our instinct to run – some would even say we were born to run. While it can be the road to salvation for some and the scourge of existence for others, running changes lives and everyone can do it – there’s no right or wrong way. This simple activity with primitive roots has the highest participation of any sport in the world, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. From local 5Ks to marathons, obstacle races and ultramarathons through the mountains, running events are on the rise globally.

So what motivates us to wake up at 5 a.m., lace up our shoes and pound the pavement? Why do we disappear into the mountains for 50 miles at a time? Do we thrive on the physical pain, or are we relying on the therapy it provides? To those who live to run and run to live, it means all of these things and more. We all start running for different reasons, but we keep running for the same reason. It gives us a feeling that nothing else can – especially when we add music to the experience.

Jaybird supports athletes from all walks of life in chasing their running dreams around the world. Jaybird also want to hear your stories. Share your motivation for running in a short story and hashtag #whyirunjaybird on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes including earbuds and a chance to be featured on our social channels.

Over the next six weeks, Trail Runner will be sharing this series of videos, featuring six runners from six different backgrounds. Stay tuned.

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