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Zurich with the amazing Nienke Brinkman

Imagine; you started running only two and a half years ago. Then you surprisingly turn out to be an extremely good mountain runner and you are invited to compete with the international elite of trail and mountain running. On top of that, you finish second in the Golden Trail World Series, the world division of international trail and mountain running. This unbelievable story happened to…

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Switzerland – Sardona & the origin of the Alps

A lot of us, trail and mountain runners, frequently visit the Alps to compete in famous races like the Matterhorn Ultraks, Sierre Zinal or the Zugspitz Ultratrail. When we have the opportunity we also like to train there and combine it with an active, outdoor holiday. But what do we actually know about the origin of these mountains? To learn more about the formation of…

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Northern Iceland

Running on the boundaries between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Where the earth’s crust cracks open, steams, hisses and where volcanoes regularly spit out their lava. There are few places on earth where you can experience this, but within Europe Iceland is the place to be. The landscape is developing so fast in Iceland. Almost every year new pieces of land are created…

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Iceland – Súlur Vertical

Running through Iceland sometimes feels like running on another planet. We went to the relatively unknown north of the country to see breath-taking landscapes, meet some prominent members of the northern running community and run the Súlur Vertical mountain race. Akureyri, the “capital of the north”, is the largest city outside the capital area of Iceland and although it has only around eighteen thousand inhabitants,…

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The Ardennes with the Negative Split Running Tribe

Since 2018 the city of Antwerp has an urban running tribe called Negative Split. When hearing their name, you imagine city streets, graffiti and noisy traffic. But this tribe prefers the forest trails and single tracks, and we are invited to join them. We meet in the small village of Cens for a 30k trail run. When we arrive in their weekend residence, the Negative…

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France – The Vosges with Barbara

Barbara and her family went to the French Vosges for a camping holiday. This range of lower mountains near the Swiss border has beautiful forests with mountaintops up to 1.400 meters. For Barbara these days away from home are nog complete without some nice runs, so read her story about her holiday trails. The air is hot, even at 1000 meters above sea level. Crickets…

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Norway – Båsenibba

Dining in an old Norwegian barn with a spectacular view on Geiranger Fjord. That was the promise of the Basenibba Community Run. As a part of the Stranda Fjord Trail Race (SFTR), this community run was more or less a warming up for the real stuff coming up in two days. Nevertheless it was a small adventure on itself. It was not the 8.5k distance…

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Bram Som – Doorwerth

Over de heuvels van Oosterbeek rent een man. Zijn passen zijn krachtig, zijn tempo is hoog. Techniek: top. Het is Bram Som, oud-Europees kampioen op de 800 meter, tegenwoordig professioneel tempomaker en trainer – en voor de lol loopt hij eens per jaar een marathon. ‘De 800 meter is een verlengde sprint; je moet zo lang en zo hard mogelijk met zoveel mogelijk zuur in…

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