Trail running is a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. It differs from road running and track running in that it generally takes place on hiking trails, often in mountainous terrain, where there can be much larger ascents and descents. Trail running differs from cross country running. In general, cross country is an IAAF governed discipline that is typically raced over shorter distances (rarely over 12 kilometers), whereas trail running is loosely governed and run over longer routes.
Trail running allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery nature has to offer, while simultaneously getting an excellent workout. The following information will help you transition your roadside or treadmill run to the great outdoors.