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The new normal for trail running during coronavirus – what does it look like and how long will it be here?

Bob Crowley, head of ITRA, warns that social distancing rules will be in trail running deep into 2021, but he hopes the community aspect will not suffer → Read More

Courtney Dauwalter 788km Colorado Trail FKT attempt cut short by acute bronchitis that lands her in hospital

The famous trail runner is taken to hospital amid worries of HAPE or blood clots, and is diagnosed with bronchitis → Read More

Kiangchaipaiphana wins 100km race in Thailand two weeks after being knocked unconscious by a falling tree

‘One of my friends thought I had died,’ says Jay Kiangchaipaiphana after bouncing back to win a CM6 in Chiang Mai → Read More

Dmitry Mityaev, Russia’s top trail runner, smashes Mount Elbrus FKT and sets sights on long dominant career

At 1.83m and 82kg, Dmitry Mityaev is not your typical ultra runner, but it does not stop him crushing the 140km Elbrus record → Read More

CrossFit Games 2020 to be held remotely; top five athletes invited to California for final showdown

Initially, 30 men and 30 women will compete from their homes or local gyms to earn a spot at the finals in the US → Read More

What masks are runners using as they battle stifling conditions on the trails in midst of coronavirus measures

Runners in Hong Kong are experimenting with different masks so they can still hit the trails and comply with coronavirus restrictions → Read More

Weathering coronavirus and the Greg Glassman CrossFit scandal – how Hong Kong gym Typhoon is responding in crisis

David Baker, one of five owners of Typhoon, says it is important to react quickly to Covid-19 policies to keep the business operating and provide workouts for members → Read More

How to build your running endurance with Australian trail and ultra superstar Lucy Bartholomew

Lucy Bartholomew takes runners through an eight-week training plan that emphasises her personal experience and not just instructions → Read More

Women’s participation in trail running jumps 8 per cent in six years, say ITRA statistics

Trail running’s de facto governing body has released statistics around age, gender, number of runners and races, finishers and more → Read More

Hongkonger sets indoor rowing world record hours after finishing a 20km water session

Chan Chi-fung rows for 20km in the morning and then sets the world record on a rowing machine in the afternoon, without even realising it → Read More

How to turn household items into a home gym in the midst of coronavirus and office closures

A bit of imagination and you can vary your workouts by using items like chairs and water bottles while all the gyms are shut → Read More

Group size rules apply when hiking but police yourself to help beat coronavirus

Small and selfless decisions are needed every day in these trying times, even when out running and hiking in the hills → Read More

Outdoor bouldering spots in Hong Kong for climbers looking for a new challenge

Gym-goers are stuck for climbing spots as all facilities are shut, but this might be the perfect time to transition outdoors → Read More

Best lunch time hikes if you are working from home during coronavirus restrictions in Hong Kong

A short hike can boost your concentration and creativity, helping you have a productive afternoon even if you are stuck at home → Read More

Mountaineer’s attempt to climb Himalayan peak sparks journey of the heart, detailed in new book ‘A Story of Karma’

Mike Schauch’s dream of climbing in Nepal are dashed on the slopes of the mountain but little does he know a chance encounter would change his life → Read More

MoonTrekker cancelled as coronavirus continues to create uncertainty in race calendar

One of the most popular races of the trail running calendar, due to take place in October, has been held every year since it started 12 years ago → Read More

How to plan for your trail race day, from pacing to nutrition, gear and checkpoints

The most efficient way to run a trail or ultra race is to have a detailed plan of your day, including your pace and resting spots → Read More

How to bounce back mentally from a big fall in climbing so you can return to the crag, bouldering or gym

It can be hard to regain your confidence after a whipper or bad fall, but there are steps you can take to get back to your physical best by working on your head game → Read More

How to improve your running on technical terrain for your next trail or ultra race

Improving your technique and confidence on technical terrain can knock huge amounts off your race time and reduce your chance of injury too → Read More

Veronique Bourbeau plans to run 13,000km across Africa to spread human connections and love one step at a time

The Singapore-based runner’s life was changed when a doctor noticed a heart murmur, and she has never looked backed from her running mission since → Read More