Trail running can feel a little tricky for new runners. Do you have the right of way? How do you handle hikers? And the obvious: How do you leave no trace, or leave a place better than you found it? I rounded up a few of the basic ethical guidelines for trail running, from interactions with other runners and trail users to the interaction with the trail and surrounding area. I know there’s been a bit of debate over if runners are wrecking the trails, and obviously, I don’t agree that we are… But I do think we can all work a little harder to be better trail stewards. Writing this article made me think a lot about my interactions with the trail, and even just little things like picking up a piece of trash that isn’t yours can make a difference—and I definitely have started to work hard on practicing what I preach!
About Molly Hurford
Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and healthy habits of athletes and interviewing world-class athletes and scientists for The Consummate Athlete. She’s the author of multiple books and her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes. She also writes regularly for publications including Bicycling magazine, Outside, Map My Run, and Nylon. Molly is a little obsessed with getting people—especially women—psyched on adventure and being outside, and she regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete and cyclist now spends time racing ultra-runs on trails. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mollyjhurford
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