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 October 24, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List
Readers share their favorite trail runs from around the world

Editor's Note: Last week, we asked readers to help us build a bucket list of the world’s best trails. Here is a (by no means comprehensive!) list of 10 beautiful picks, near and far alike, to get your trip-planning juices flowing.

1. Torres del Paine Circuit Trail
Patagonia, Chile

This 52-mile loop, south of Santiago, encircles the Torres del Paine–8,000- to 10,000-foot granite peaks that curl like frozen waves of rock above iceberg-studded lakes. This awe-inspiring route leads you past massive glaciers, towering spires and windswept lenga forests, as well as local wildlife like rheas, Andean condors and guanacos (similar to llamas). Make sure you go in the Chilean summer (November to early March), when the temps hover in the upper 50s and the sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
11/23 Quarry Turkey 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Fremont, CA
11/23 Trails of Glory 8K, 12K, 13.1M, 30K; Las Vegas, NV
11/24 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship 5K, 10K, 21K; Ka’a’awa, HI
11/28 Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 5K, 10K; Pinole, CA
11/28 Thank You Run 5K, 10K; San Diego, CA
11/28 XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot Trail Run 5K, 10K, 15K; Malibu, CA
11/30 Quad Dipsea 28.4M; Mill Valley, CA
12/1 Make Room For Santa 5K, 10K And Kids Run 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
12/1 OTHTC High Desert Ultra 30K, 50K; Ridgecrest, CA
12/1 Xterra Kualoa Trail Run 5K, 10K; Kualoa Ranch, HI
12/7 Death Valley Trail Marathon 26.2M, 13.1M; Death Valley, CA
12/7 Holiday Hustle 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Jose, CA
12/7 Malibu Canyon 10K, 25K, 50K; Calabasas, CA
12/7 McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs 5M, 10M, 25K, 50K, 50M; Fountain Hills, AZ
12/7 Shellburg Falls Trail Run 6.8M; Lyons, OR
12/7 Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Jose, CA
12/7 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Championship 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; San Francisco, CA
12/8 Grinch Half Marathon Trail Race 5K, 13.1M; Gig Harbor, WA
12/8 XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run 6K, 15K; Laguna Hills, CA
12/14 Deception Pass 25K, 50K; Oak Harbor, WA
12/14 Hark the Herald Angels Run 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
12/14 Summit Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
12/14 THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Trail Run 4M, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Woodside, CA

Heartland   
11/23 AdventureMax Springfield 10K, 13.1M; Springfield, MO
11/23 Clear Water Outdoor's Turkey Trot 1M, 5K, 10K; Lake Geneva, WI
11/23 Dirty Dirty 12K; Peninsula, OH
11/23 Living History Farms Off-Road Race 7M; Urbandale, IA
11/24 Dude, Where's The Trail? 50K; Independence, MO
11/24 Gobbler Grind Marathon  Overland Park, KS
11/28 Feast and Feathers Trail Race 13.1M; Omaha, NE
11/30 Turkey Recovery 5K 5M; Laporte, In
11/30 Twisted Turkey Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Portage, IN
12/7 Bigfoot 50K 50K; Cambridge, OH
12/8 Santa Hustle 5K 5K; Milwaukee, WI
12/14 Alternate Chili Run 10M; Kansas City, KS
12/21 Rock Cut Survivor Series 5K 5K; Rockford, IL

Northeast   
11/24 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run 15K; Birdsboro, PA
11/30 TARC Fells Trail Ultra 32M, 40M; Stoneham, MA
12/15 Funky Santa 5K; Pottstown, PA
12/21 Seashore Nature Trail 50K; Virginia Beach, VA

South   
11/23 Conyers Turkey Trot 5K; Conyers, GA
11/23 Duncan Ridge Trail 50K/30K 30K, 50K; Blairsville, GA
11/23 Mad Marsh 13.5M, 27M, 31.5M; Beaufort, SC
11/23 Tranquility Lake Trail Run 50K; Burmingham, AL
11/30 Helen Holiday Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Helen, GA
11/30 XTERRA Alabama Coldwater Mountain 2.4M, 9.6M; Anniston, AL
12/1 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series Race 6 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
12/1 Pine Mountain 40 40M; Pine Mountain, GA
12/7 Cajun Coyote Trail Run & Relay 20M, 100K, 100M; Ville Platte, LA
12/7 Texas Trails Endurance Runs 20K, 50K, 50M; Huntsville , TX
12/7 XTERRA Georgia Victoria Bryant State Park 5K, 10K; Royston, GA
12/7 XTERRA Rocky Top Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Kingsport, TN
12/14 El Sendaro  Burnet, TX
12/14 Forge Trail Series -Thunderbird 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Last Chance  50K, R; Cordesville, SC
12/14 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Copper Lake 5K; Copper Lake, TX
12/14 Trail Mix Wrangler Run 3H; Burnet, TX
12/14 Warrior Creek Half Marathon 13.1M; Wilkesboro, NC
12/21 Lookout Mountain 10K, 50M; Chattanooga, TN

International   
11/23 Seymour Super Fun Run 27K; North Vancouver, BC
12/1 Trail de Las Cascadas 5K, 10K; Xico, Veracruz, Mexico
12/7 MSIG HK50 - Lantau 14K, 27K; Hong Kong, Hong Kong
12/14 Stewart Mountain 10 Mile / 5 Mile Cross Country Challenge 10M; Victoria, BC
12/15 Pure Satisfaction 12.5K, 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC
12/21 Nilgiris 100 - UTMB Qualifier 25K, 50K, 100K; Ooty, India

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