Category Archives: Fave Runs

Pay-off for the tough technical climbs are the views – along the Avalanche Peak Loop, Selwyn District, New Zealand

Location: Arthurs Pass, Selwyn District, New Zealand (South Island). Distance: 7 km total loop – but with a total of 1150 m ascent and descent. Plan on taking 3 hours. Terrain: Steep climb, hard descent, mostly technical except for 1km of flat road at the bottom.  Rocky and loose in the treeline, typical alpine schist above it. Directions to Trailhead: The trailhead is at the Arthurs Pass Café and store, Arthurs Pass New Zealand (approximately 150 km/2 hrs from Christchurch,

Scenic and easy running along New Jersey’s Lawrence Hopewell Trail

Location: Just a few miles south of Princeton, NJ, and about an hour from both Philly and NYC.  The trail passes near a few towns, including Lawrenceville, Hopewell and Pennington. Distance: The trail is still being built, but once finished, it should be a 22 mile loop. Right now, its possible to run at least 12 miles on the trail, plus it connects to other trails if you want a longer run. Lots of side trails allow you to add on

Stunning vistas of Victoria from Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial Park trails, Vancouver Island, Canada

Location: Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and Goldstream Provincial Park near Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, BC.  The trailhead, located at the Mackenzie Bight access point at base of the Mt. Work, is just a 25-minute drive from downtown Victoria. The trail for this particular route ends in Goldstream Provincial Park at the base of Mt. Finalyson, also just a 25-minute drive from downtown Victoria. Distance: The point-to-point 10.2 mile/17 km route, from the Mackenzie Bight access point

Outta This World: Trail Running in Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

Location: Badlands National Park in western South Dakota, 75 miles east of Rapid City. Park Headquarters are located at 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750. Distance: Castle Trail, the longest established trail in the park, is a 16 km out-and-back from the east trailhead (near Windows and Notch Trails) to the west trailhead (at Fossil Exhibit Trail) and back. Medicine Root Loop (6.4 km) branches off from Castle Trail near Old Northeast Road and again at the junction of

Running on the Edge: The Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, running, hiking

Location: The seaside village of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. It is a 1.5 hour ferry ride from the city of Vancouver to the town of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Ucluelet is located on the wild west coast of the island, a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Nanaimo. Distance: The main trail is 10 km long, (including a 2 km road section). With the many linked side-trails you can easily turn this into a 20+ kilometre out-and-back run. Terrain: Two