Harsh but kinda true? Trail runners are lazy

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  • #262879

    An entertaining read from Outside:

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2396926/trail-runners-are-lazy-parasites

    It is a bummer that trail runners aren’t more organized in terms of advocacy, though to be fair I met several trail runners at a recent mountain bike trail build here in Atlanta.

    Thoughts or local anecdotes to share?

  • #263018

    Better question is, who has the right away? Me flying down the trail 20+mph, at 200lbs, and a 30lb bike… or a 135lbs Karen or Manbun Matt that’s shuffling up a hill at .4 turtle speed.

  • #263021

    I mountainbike, hike, jog, cross country ski, snowshoe, and dog walk on trails.  Mountainbiking might be my favorite sport and what I do most but I like doing those other activities also.   Where I live, most of the people who use trails are not one sport trail users and that’s why we’re all fairly open minded about access.   Let’s not stereotype or belittle other trail users.   Mountainbikers and trail runners have a lot in common.

    As to Rob Juric’s question about who has the right of way, we all have the right of way and we all get out of the way.  Just because we’re bombing down a great downhill run doesn’t mean we don’t slow down and pass hikers cautiously or even stop if needed.  And at the same time if we’re hiking, we step out of the trail for cyclist.   All of this is usually accompanied by friendly greetings.  Try it!  If we all just give a little, we all gain a lot.

    • #263075

      Oh, I know. I was honestly just messing around. lol

  • #263150

    I think this is a good opportunity for IMBA to become IMBRA and start actively recruiting trail runners.  Would help both sports financially and politically.

    • #263151

      I think this is a good opportunity for IMBA to become IMBRA and start actively recruiting trail runners.

      This is a great idea.

  • #263187

    Some of this could be ignorance. The local trails I have been on have little signage as to who is maintaining the trail, much less who to contact. You have to do some digging. And not all of these trails have websites. I’m a dual user too and am often traveling for work so I can’t help out on a dedicated trail work day so I donate where available (and belong to two major organizations) and pick up debris when I seeing, regardless of where I am at.  But I guess I would fit his standard of a parasite because I can’t help out on a given night.  I don’t think it’s that black and white.

  • #263188

    Another biker and I almost crashed head on at the low point of a double blind/ downhill turn in the trail last weekend. High fived and kept rolling. More trail encounters should end like that!

  • #263244

    Lazy?  No.  Ignorant?  Probably.  I started trail running years before I started mountain biking.  I never even thought about volunteering or supporting trail maintenance activities as I just assumed this was the job of the park employees.  It’s only when I took up mountain biking seriously and started delving deeply into the sport did I become aware of the fact that in many parks much of the TM is due to the work of volunteers, most of whom tend to be MTBers.  So there is clearly an educational component.  But I also think that MTB’ers care more about trail conditions, flow and features than many runners do.  It never bothered me if there was a tree down or there was trail erosion from a running perspective as it never really disrupted my flow.  Hard to call a group of fitness junkies “lazy” especially when trail running is much more challenging than running on the road or at the track.

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