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Trail Runner Gear of the Year 2013
The best shoes, apparel, hydration packs, fastpacking equipment and tech accessories of the year

One of the joys of trail running is its simplicity—just get out the door, put on some shoes (arguably optional) and go. Yet, when we push our limits beyond just a short jaunt on the neighborhood trails, our gear choices grow more complicated. When you need to carry your own water or filter, when the weather's nasty, when you run in the dark, when you venture deep into the backcountry ... the right equipment can make or break your adventure.

2013 was a great year for trail-running gear. With our sport's recent explosive growth, many companies are devoting new attention to what was once a relatively small niche audience. Innovation has never been greater in the trail-running-shoe world than it is now, with dozens of companies experimenting with different heel-to-toe drops, lug depths, levels of cushioning and overall stack height, lacing systems and more—and many working collaboratively with athletes to design game-changing gear for our increasingly discerning preferences. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
01/18 Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass 17M, 34M; Olympia, WA
01/18 HURT 100 100M; Honolulu, HI
01/18 New Year's Hustle 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
01/18 Pacifica Foothills 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Pacifica, CA
01/18 San Diego 50 and Trail Marathon 26.2M, 50M; San Diego, CA
01/18 Steep Ravine Trail Run 7M, 13.1M, 25K, 26.2M, 50K; Stinson Beach, CA
01/25 Coldwater Rumble 4M, 20K, 20M, 52K, 52M, 100M; Goodyear, AZ
01/25 Coyote Hills 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Fremont, CA
01/25 Frost or Frog 5K, 6.55M, 10M; Chico, CA
01/25 Interlaken Icicle Dash 5K, 10K; Seattle, WA
01/25 Into The Wild Black Star Canyon 9.2K; Silverado, CA
01/25 OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series #1 5M, 7M, 10M; Trabuco Canyon, CA
01/25 Orcas Island 25K 25K; Eastsound, WA
01/25 Orcas Island 25K 25K; Eastsound, WA
01/26 Calico Trail Run 30K, 50K; Calico Ghost Town, CA
01/26 Sunrise at Old Tucson Cross Country Run 1M, 4M; Tucson, AZ
02/01 Antelope Canyon Ultras 50K, 50M; Page, AZ
02/01 Folsom South Side Trail Run 10K, 50K, 38M; Folsom, CA
02/01 Fort Ord Trail Run & Ordnance 100K 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K, 100K; Monterey, CA
02/01 Gumby 10K and Fleet Feet 5K 5K, 10K; Granite Bay, CA
02/01 King of the Hill Trail Running Series - Mt. Woodson 7M; San Diego, CA
02/01 Orcas Island 50K 50K; Eastsound, WA
02/01 Sean O'Brien Trail Races 26.2K, 50K, 50M; Malibu, CA
02/01 Sedona Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sedona, AZ
02/02 Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K; Encinitas, CA
02/02 Fleet Feet Arizona Trail Race 8M; Tucson, AZ
02/02 XTERRA McDowell Mountain 7K, 15M; Fountain Hills, AZ
02/02 XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run 5K, 15K; Santee, CA
02/08 American Canyon Ultramarathon & Trail Race 15K, 25K, 50K; Auburn, CA
02/08 Frost Eagle 5M; Sammamish, WA
02/08 Golden Gate #1 5M, 13.1M, 18M, 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
02/08 Love Can Be Cold 5K, 10K; Carson City, NV
02/08 Pemberton Trail 50k 50K, 50R; Fountain Hills, AZ
02/15 Bay Breeze 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Leandro, CA
02/15 Black Canyon Trail Run 100K; Mayer, AZ
02/15 Fragrance Lake Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Bellingham, WA
02/15 Hagg Lake Trail Runs 25K, 50K; Gaston, OR
02/15 Susitna 100 & Little Su 50K 50K, 100M; Anchorage, AK
02/15 West Coast 50k 50K; San Jose, CA
02/15 Woolley Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Sedro-Woolley, WA
02/15 ZombieRunner San Francisco Run 10K, 13.1M; San Francisco, CA
02/16 Bandit Ultra Trail Run 6K, 15K, 30K, 50K; Simi Valley, CA
02/16 Fort Ebey Kettle Run 10K, 13.1M, 20M, 26.2M; Coupeville, WA

Rockies
01/18 Wilson's Creek Frozen 50K 10.5M, 20.5M, 50K; Melba, ID
01/26 Frost Giant 5K, 10K; Estes Park, CO
02/01 Vigor Winter 5k-10k Run or Obstacle Course 5K, 10K; Midway, UT
02/02 Super Half Marathon and Game Day 5K 5K, 13.1M; Colorado Springs, CO
02/15 Moab's Red HOt 55K 33K, 55K; Moab, UT

Heartland
01/18 Frozen Otter Ultra Trek 32M, 64M; Dundee, WI
01/19 Dirty Herd Winter Classic 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
01/25 R.O.C. Trail Run 7K; Columbia, MO
01/25 Sooner State Games Trail Run 4M, 8M, 12M; Oklahoma City, OK
01/25 Winter Night Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN
01/25 Winter Trail Marathon Full/Half/Quarter 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN
01/26 Psychodelic 5K - Winter Version 5K; Kansas City, KS
02/01 John Dick Memorial 50k 50K; Kettle Moraine State Forest, WI
02/02 Groundhog Day Trail Race 5K; Westville, IN
02/08 Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run 10M, 20M, 50K; Kansas City, KS
02/09 Dirty Love 10K; Willoughby Hills, OH

Northeast
01/18 Beast of Burden Winter 100 100M, 50H; Lockport, NY
01/18 Charlottesville Running Company Trail Race 5K; Charlottesville, VA
01/25 Frozen Snot 12.5M; Lock Haven, PA
01/25 TARC Cape Cod Frozen Fat As 50K; Barnstable, MA
01/26 Chilly Cheeks 7.2M Trail Run 7.2M; Reading, PA
02/01 ICY-8 Hour Trail Run 8H; Spotsylvania, VA
02/08 Colyer 'Sno Big Deal 10K; Boalsburg, PA
02/08 Wild Oak Trail 100 100M; Bridgewater, VA
02/15 Holiday Lake 50K 50K; Appomattox, VA
02/16 Jenkins Mountain Snowshoe Stampede 5K, 15K; Paul Smiths, NY

South
01/18 24 Hours of HOSTELity 12H, 24H; Dahlonega, GA
01/18 Black Toe Run 12R, 12H; Watertown, TN
01/18 Bruises and Bandages 5K; Georgetown, TX
01/18 Charlotte Running Company Trail Race 4M, 9M, 13M; Charlotte, NC
01/18 Dirty Dozen Doozy Endurance Race 6H, 12H, 24H; Knoxville, TN
01/18 Dirty Spokes Charleston Park Trail Run 6M; Cummings, GA
01/18 Duel 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Wichita Falls, TX
01/18 Expedition Paris Mountain 5.5M, 10.5M, 15.5M; Greenville, SC
01/18 Little River Trail Runs 7K, 10M; Durham, NC
01/18 Long Haul 100 100K, 100M; Tampa Bay, FL
01/18 Mountain in the Middle 12K & 17K 12K, 17K; Columbia, SC
01/18 Nicholas Wilson Memorial Tashka Trail Race 25K, 50K; Coker, AL
01/18 Tashka Trail Race 4M, 25K, 50K; Coker, AL
01/18 Taska Trail Race 25K, 50K; Tuscaloosa, AL
01/18 Tsali Frosty Foot Fest 8K, 30K, 50K; Bryson City, NC
01/18 Weymouth Woods 100K; Southern Pines, NC
01/19 Big Bend Ultra 10K, 25K, 50K; Big Bend National Park, TX
01/19 Swampstomper 25K, 50K; Memphis, TN
01/19 Wanderer's Trail Race 4M; Maryville, TN
01/25 Freedom Run 5K, 10K; DeBary, FL
01/25 Mountain Mist Trail Run 50K; Huntsville, AL
01/26 Florida Challenge 5K, 13.1M; Lithia, FL
01/26 Xterra Bayamon Trail Run 5K, 10K; Bayamon, PR
02/01 Dirty Spokes - Heritage Park 2.8M, 7.8M; Watkinsville, GA
02/01 Louisville's Lovin' The Hills 6M, 15M, 30K; Fairdale, KY
02/01 Rocky Raccoon 100 100M; Huntsville, TX
02/01 Up the Creek 10M; Danbury, NC
02/01 Uwharrie Mountain Run 8M, 20M, 40M; Ophir, NC
02/01 Winter Splash Trail Races 5K, 8M; Spruce Pine, NC
02/02 Brazos Bend Keep on Truckin' Trail Races 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Needville, TX
02/02 Red Top Rumble 11.5M; Cartersville, GA
02/08 Delirium Ultra Marathon 6H, 12H, 24H; Bluffton, SC
02/08 Foothills Drifter 6K; Greenville, SC
02/08 Jack-n-Back Half Marathon 13.1M; Hot Springs, AR
02/08 Mill Stonel 50K 50K; Fort Mill, SC
02/08 Rocky 50 50M; Huntsville, TX
02/15 Black Warrior Trail Runs 5M, 25K, 50K; Moulton, AL
02/15 Caladesi Island 10 Mile Beach and Trail Run and 5K Beach Run 10M, 5K; Clearwater, FL
02/15 Cross Timbers Trail Run 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50M; Lake Texoma, TX
02/15 Destin Beach Ultra Runs 50K, 50M, 24H; Destin, FL
02/15 Eagle Endurance Almost 9-Miler Trail Run 9M; McClellanville, SC
02/15 Iron Horse Endurance Runs 100M, 100K, 50M; Florahome, FL
02/15 Lost 118 Mile Endurance Run 118M; Okeechobee, FL
02/15 Love.Run.Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Huntsville, TX
02/15 Sylamore Trail 25K, 50K; Allison, AR
02/16 Dark Hollow Wallow 5M, 11M; Knoxville, TN
02/16 Flatwoods Ramble 5K, 10K; Tampa, FL

International
02/01 Pilgrim Challenge 70M; Farnham, United Kingdom
02/01 Thames Trot 50M; Oxford, United Kingdom
02/08 Fuego Y Agua 25K, 50K, 100K; Moyogalpa, Nicaragua
02/15 Actif Epica 130K; Winnipeg, MB

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