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The Trail Runner Blog Symposium

October Topic: Are lotteries a good way to manage admittance into popular trail races?


We’re on the lookout for the best and brightest ideas from the worldwide trail-running community, and we want to hear your voice.

Here’s how the Symposium works:
Each month, we’ll announce a topic of conversation for the trail-running community to hash out. You will have a couple weeks to write about the topic on your own blog and email us a link to it at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We’ll review all entries, choose our favorite, publish it on trailrunnermag.com (with a link to your blog) and feature it in our Inside Dirt e-newsletter. All blog entries may be considered for print publication as well.

September Topic: How can trail runners avoid burnout?

Deadline: October 30, 2014

Want to sign up for once-a-month notifications of new Symposium topics when we post them? Drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Why a Blog Symposium?

  • To provoke thought and spark dialogue in the greater trail-running community about topics we’re all passionate about
  • To build a community of runners who love to write
  • To diversify the voices and opinions on trailrunnermag.com
  • Because we all love to geek out on each other’s tales from the trails


What if I don’t have a blog?

  • Create one! Most platforms like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr offer free, easy-to-learn options. Alternately, you could offer to write a post on a friend’s blog.


What are the rules?

  • Length is flexible, but we prefer a post from 500-800 words.
  • To be considered, your blog post must include either (1) this badge: alt (right-click on image to save it for use on your blog), or (2) a link to trailrunnermag.com in your text
  • Do not email us content or attachments directly; please only email a link to your blog entry
  • Don’t be afraid to be opinionated!


What topics have been discussed in the past?

September 2014: How can trail runners avoid burnout?

August 2014: Trail runners attempting technical mountaineering routes with minimal gear—inspiring or reckless?

May 2014: Is it easier to date a non-runner or a fellow runner?

April 2014: Is trail running becoming too commercialized?

March 2014: What would you nominate for the best "old-school" trail race?

February 2014: Are tech gadgets more help or hindrance on the trails?

January 2014: Should there be drug testing at trail races?

December 2013: Is there too much emphasis on competitive results in the sport?

November 2013: Do trail races do unnecessary harm to the environment?

October 2013: Should kids be allowed to run ultras?

September 2013: As trail running grows in popularity, how should races adapt to prevent overcrowding on the trails?

August 2013: Is there too much emphasis in the (trail-running) media on ultra distances?

July 2013: What constitutes an “unfair advantage” in a trail race, and what—if anything—should be done to even the playing field?

June 2013: Tell about someone awesome you've met through trail running.

May 2013: Social media—boon or bane to trail running?

April 2013: Can trail running develop into an unhealthy addiction?

March 2013: Are bigger prize purses at trail races a positive or negative thing overall?


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