Photo Gallery: Trail Runner Tattoos
A collection of reader-submitted photos of their trail-inspired tattoos
Be sure to check out Candice Burt's article, 'Trail Runners and Their Tattoos' for deeper background story on some of the tattoos featured here.
James Piper: My tattoo is a quote out if my favorite film, Forrest Gump. It also has a little drawing of the old-school classic Nike trainers that Forrest used to run in. I have always loved Forrest Gump, and I have recently started watching it with my twin boys, and they love it too, and are always doing impressions! I wanted something to motive me to keep going when the pain kicks in! Forrest always makes me smile, and thinking of my boys doing impressions is great motivation, that's why I decided on this particular quote and image. It is also in a place that I can see when I'm running, just at the top of my arm swing, so all I need to do us take a little glimpse down and I can see it!
Catra Corbett: My very first sub 24 hour finish was 22:40 at Umstead 100. I decided to get a little stick pin doll that says pain is pleasure. It means all the years of challenges and pain during my 100's I reached my pleasure sub 24.
Catra Corbett: I have a T. S Eliot quote "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." I carried this quote around on a piece of paper since my first 100 in 1999. It helped me get through so much, I remember after my first fastpack on the Tahoe Rim Trail in 2001 that I would some day get it tattooed on me. During the 165 miles of running and hiking which two friends and I finished in 72 hours, I pulled that paper out and read it at least 20 times.
Becky Barcon: Aravaipa Running has the best race directors ever! This tattoo on my right shoulder represents the community of Aravaipa Running as well as the owners who are my inspiration for trail running. I have never experienced a more accepting, motivating, fun group of people and I will ALWAYS support them in any endeavor.
Candice Burt: While setting the female Fastest Known Time on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in 2012, I had a very close encounter with two mountain lions. I finished the route solo and unsupported in 31 hours and 11 minutes. This year, I decided to get a tattoo on my upper leg of a mountain lion, as my experience on the Wonderland was at once the most frightening moment of my life and also the most empowering.
Candice Burt: I also got a tattoo this year of an outline of Lake Tahoe, the location of a new race I’m directing, the Tahoe 200 Mile Endurance Run—one of the first of its kind in the United States.
George Plomarity: Coyote!
Leah Nicholson: This tattoo of the Blue Ridge Mountains on my right shoulder is inspired by miles and miles in the mountains.